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Century of Progress - Chicago World's Fair Collection
Title: Century of Progress - Chicago World's Fair Collection
Record Series: MsC-92
Creator: Mortenson, Mark
Extent: 1 box (0.42 linear feet)
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives at Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
Language: Materials entirely in English.
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The Century of Progress World's Fair was held in Chicago in 1933 and 1934, with around 40 million people visiting over the course of two years. Held during the Great Depression, the Century of Progress represented a "hopeful vision" for the future by emphasizing "...the message that collaboration among science, industry and government would make a better world."
The fairgrounds were in Burnham Park and on Northerly Island, extending south alongside Lake Michigan. They featured Art Deco architecture as well as a 210 foot high Sky Ride, which carried fairgoers from one end of the fair to the other.
Scope and Content
This collection contains pamphlets, souvenirs, and other ephemera from the fair. Included are postcards featuring the city of Chicago and Fair scenes; a comprehensive map of the fairgrounds; booklets and pamphlets concerning various exhibits, products, and countries represented at the fair, such as Japan, Morocoo, Jello-O, the Gilbreth Management Desk, anti-freeze, and more. Also included are a few objects such as pins, pressed pennies, and a promotional figurine.
- Folder 1: Ephemera
- Folder 2: Ephemera
- Folder 3:
Collection processed and finding aid written by Tessa Wakefield, June 2019.
- Johanna. “Remembering the Future: Chicago’s Century of Progress World’s Fair.” Chicago Public Library, February 20, 2019. https://www.chipublib.org/blogs/post/remembering-the-future-chicagos-century-of-progress-worlds-fair/.