World's Fair Collection


This guide to World's Fairs/ Expostions collection provides information about our World's Fairs holdings in our Special Collections. World's Fairs/Expostions were conducted to showcase techological and scientfic progress. Western countries also used the fairs to show the progress made by Western civlization, to justify colonization of other countries, and also to showcase their countries' industrial progress.  


Newspapers are good sources for looking up news articles related to the various exhibtions and events. Click on the second tab to search the historical newspapers. 

Research Articles from Databases

If you would like to incorporate scholarly articles about the different World's Fairs/Expostions, please click on the databases tab to search.


Great Exhbition Chromolithograph, Courtesy of Special Collections, Sheridan Libraries