Guide to the Research Collections
A strong collection emphasizes the great international exhibitions held in the period 1851 to 1904, especially those of Philadelphia (1876) and Paris (1900). The collecting policy is comprehensive for book materials from all countries and periods; some 3,500 entries in the Public Catalog identify resources administered by the General Research and Humanities Division. Periodicals are a feature of the holdings, not only those issued by the fairs during their period of operation but also such trade publications as La Revue de l'exposant
(1964- ). A large proportion of the book material is in pamphlet form.
In the Duyckinck collection in the Manuscripts and Archives Division is a scrapbook of 150 trade cards from the Crystal Palace Exhibition held in New York City in 1853; the division also holds two letters by P.T. Barnum relating to the Crystal Palace.3
The records of the New York World's Fair (1939/40) Corporation cover the period 1936 to 1941, and include the central files for all major departments of the corporation. Additional material includes registers of visitors to the Community Building; miscellaneous papers and ephemera of Ashley T. Cole, a member of the New York State Commission to the Fair; and files of correspondence for the Temple of Religion. The division also has the records of the New York World's Fair (1964/65) Corporation with Additional related material in the personal papers of Robert Moses.
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