The World’s Fair Ephemeral and Graphic Material Collection

The World’s Fair Ephemeral and Graphic Material Collection is now available at the Maryland Room, 1st floor Hornbake Library. To celebrate, we are featuring four blog posts about World’s Fair history and the collection. Read the previous post here.

Part 3 of 4

Although the fairs are with us for just a short time and many of the fair grounds and their monumental buildings are no longer with us, the fairs have left behind an extensive amount of ephemera, photographs, periodicals, illustrations and pamphlets to make sure that the fairs are never forgotten.

The International Exhibition of 1862. London International Exhibition. Catalogs: color.

The International Exhibition of 1862. London International Exhibition. Catalogs: color.

The World’s Fair Ephemeral and Graphic Material Collection in Hornbake Library (UMD Libraries, College Park) contains items for close to 40 different fairs and international expositions.  The ephemera portion of the collection includes advertisements, letters, postcards, tickets, trade cards, menus, souvenir ribbons and scarves. The graphic materials portion includes illustrations, maps, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, periodicals, photographs, prints, sheet music, stereographs and a stereograph viewer.

Crystal Schottisch - composed by W. Byerly. New York Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations (1853-1854). [Altered digitally for contrast]

Crystal Schottisch – composed by W. Byerly. New York Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations (1853-1854). [Altered digitally for contrast]

La France a L'Amerique, La Liberte eclairant le Monde. Paris Universal Exposition of 1878. Bartholdi, Frédéric Auguste, 1834-1904. Badges: color.

La France a L’Amerique, La Liberte eclairant le Monde. Paris Universal Exposition of 1878. Bartholdi, Frédéric Auguste, 1834-1904. Badges: color.

Oorspronkelijk Nieux Cezelschapsel. Internationale Koloniale en Uitvoerhandel Tentoonstelling (1883 : Amsterdam, Netherlands). Game Cards: color.

Oorspronkelijk Nieux Cezelschapsel. Internationale Koloniale en Uitvoerhandel Tentoonstelling (1883 : Amsterdam, Netherlands). Game Cards: color.

Visit the recently expanded finding aid for the World’s Fair Ephemeral and Graphic Material Collection and A Treasury of World’s Fair Art & Architecture digital archive for more information.

Article by A. Moore, Historic Preservation Graduate Assistant.

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