Reading: Centennial Web Sites
For more and different perspectives of the Centennial Exhibition and
life in 1876, visit some of these sites:
Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition
- Selected half stereopticon views from The Donald G. Larson Collection
on International Expositions And Fairs, 1851-1940, at the California
State University, Fresno Sanoian Special Collection Library.
and The Centennial Exposition
- Explains how the displays at the Centennial Exhibition came to be
the basis of the collections of the National Museum (now the Arts &
Industry Building) at the Smithsonian Institute, under the aegis of
Spencer Fullerton Baird.
- Bright Lights, Bold
- From the book, The Smithsonian: 150 Years of Adventure, Discovery,
and Wonder by James Conaway, © 1995 Smithsonian Institution.
Includes color /images from the Smithsonian's collection.
Declaration and Protest of the Women of the United States
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- Broadside from 1876 in the American Memory Collection at the Library
Digital Archive of American Architecture
- The Boston College Fine Arts Department presents scanned /images from
The Illustrated History of the Centennial Exhibition, by James
D. McCabe, published in Philadelphia, 1876, and Frank Leslie's Die
Weltaustellung in Philadelphia, 1876. New York, 1876. Searchable
by location, architect, building types, and style.
Records of the Smithsonian Institution and the United States National
- Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution and
the United States National Museum, 1867-1939.
- The Fairmount
Park System: For the Health and Enjoyment of Citizens
- An exhibition mounted by the Fairmount Park Commission and the City
of Philadelphia Department of Records. /images of materials from the
City Archives on the Centennial include a letter from Frederic Auguste
Bartholdi, sculptor of the Statue of Liberty, a plan of Memorial Hall,
and a map of the grounds.
- Fairsnet: A History
of Fairs and Expositions
- From the Encyclopedia Britannica Online and the Western Fairs Association.
for the Nation: American Sheet Music 1870-1885
- American Memory Collection at the Library of Congress contains thousands
of pieces of post-Civil War era sheet music. The music includes popular
songs, compositions for piano, band and orchestra, choral music, solo
instrumental music, method books, and instructional materials. The collection
provides a unique window into American music and how it defined and
was defined by its time in history.
- National Gallery
of Art - Philadelphia Exhibition 1876: Centennial Exposition Map
- This map of Fairmount Park shows the exhibition buildings and the
transportation circuit. While 450 acres of the park were made available
to the fair committee, only 285 were actually developed as fairgrounds,
as seen here.
Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition
- Brief overview from the Internet 1996 World's Fair.
- Timeline presented by the Independence Hall Association, adapted from
Happenings in ye Olde Philadelphia 1680-1900 by Rudolph J. Walther,
1925, Walther Printing House, Philadelphia, PA.
Made Visible: American World's Fairs and Expositions
- The Special Collections Department of the University of Delaware Library
presents a wide variety of primary source materials relating to the
World's Fairs and Expositions held in the United States between 1876
- Soft Drinks
- Handout from curriculum activities developed by The American Forum
for Global Education.
- Designed as a resource for courses at Brown University, this site
includes a wealth of material on literature, history and culture during
the Victorian age. Sections include political history, social history,
gender matters, philosophy, religion, science, technology, visual arts,
Electronic Reader: Old Abe the War Eagle
- Old Abe was a live war eagle from Wisconsin who was exhibited at the
Centennial and described in detail in Frank
Thomas' diary. This site provides his history and a number of images,
part of a cooperative digital imaging project of the University of Wisconsin-Madison
the State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Fairs and Expositions Defining America and the World, 1876-1916
- This site provides a directory of hundreds of online resources about
the world's fairs and expositions held from 1876 to 1916. It draws heavily
upon resources available in the Making of America project at
Cornell University and the University of Michigan, the Library of Congress,
and local documents on the later fairs that are less fully documented
in the major archives. The Centennial section provides access to numerous
digitized articles and other documents published at the time.
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