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How to use this site

The site is divided into 5 areas. These are reflected in the main menu items. Each menu item contains within it subsections determined by theme or function.

Overview - Background on the website, the archival collection, the digitization process, and the funding

  • Website, how to use this site, credits
  • The Collection, the Centennial Photographic Company and location of and access information
  • Technical information about the digitization process
  • Grants and funding
  • Copyright and reprographic information
Exhibition facts - How the Centennial was planned and executed
  • Brief information situating the event in context.
  • Organization, Attendance, Costs, etc.
    • Statistics
    • Centennial Officials
  • Timeline
  • Foreign Representation
  • Occasional music
    • Sheet Music Bibliography
  • Impact
  • Period Testimony
  • Further reading and weblinks
Tours - the places and exhibits of the Centennial Exhibition "Don't Miss" item (items that are unique and might otherwise be overlooked in the larger collection) Diary: My trip to Philadelphia in 1876
  • "Arrival" text. Situates user in the space and time of the Exhibition
  • Point-and-click map, "balloon view." and imagemap navigation device.
  • Drop down menus including:
    • Exhibition Buildings. Move from article to article by compass-point links, or by persistent jump menu.
    • Whatever happened to... jump menu
Centennial Schoolhouse - One objective of the Centennial Exhibition Digital Collection is to present an electronic visit to the fair and make history come alive for students, teachers, parents, and others. Here are some activities and elements that are particularly geared to that objective. Don't Miss: "Timeline"
  • Children's Books and the Centennial Exhibit
  • Diary
  • Put together a paper model of Memorial Hall (c180440,c180441,c180442,c180443)
  • Study and Teaching Resources
CEDC Identifiers

The heart of this digitized collection is the approximately 1200 silver albumen photographs taken by the Centennial Photographic Company (CPC). However, other types of materials were included in the collection to provide a broader historical context. Below is the list of CEDC identifiers used to classify and number individual items along with a tally of the number of individual items contained in each category.

CEDC Identifier Formulation Scheme
Revised 11/21/00

Format = cxxnnnn Consists of 7 alpha/numeric characters in lower case

First character = c (for Centennial Exposition Digital Collection [CEDC]) Next two characters identify the format and take the form, xx where.

Number of items
01 = Series I Photographs (4.5x7.75 inches)
02 = Series II Photographs (8x10 inches)
03 = Series III Photographs (13x16 inches)
04 = Series IIIA Photographs (17x21 inches)
05 = Sample Album Photographs (half stereoviews)
06 = Stereoview
07 = Hand-written diary of teenager Frank L. Thomas
08 = Children's Book
09 = Lithographs
10 = Sheet Music
11 = Tradecard
12 = Stereoview (non CPC)
13 = Robert Newell & Son Construction Photographs
14 = James Cremer Photographs
15 = Engravings
16 = Realia
17 = Portrait Photographs by William Curtis Taylor
18 = Scrapbook (interesting illustrations includes Shantytown, Women's Rights Proclamation, Popcorn Stand, Visitor's Passes, etc.)
19 = Maps (includes Harper's Weekly, Balloon View of the Grounds)

Next four characters are either consecutive numbers for non-photograph formats or CPC numbers from the CPC catalog or photograph and range from 0001-9999. Some numbers will be artificially created where the CPC numbering is greater than 4 digits (i.e. 2635A (CPC number) = 4000, 2635B = 4001, 2635C = 4002, etc.)

For example:c062063 translates to:
c = CEDC (Centennial Exhibition Digital Collection)
06 = stereoview
2063 = CPC photo number


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