Introduction

Welcome to A Treasury of World's Fair Art & Architecture. This digital collection represents a sampling of artifacts from the rich and varied World's Fair Collection in Special Collections, Hornbake Library, University of Maryland (UMD). Although limited in size, this collection is unique for its broad coverage of many fairs and expositions. We invite you to explore the collection by searching for specific images, exploring virtual exhibits, and reading informative essays.

This digital library was conceived and developed collaboratively by staff in multiple UMD Libraries units, including the Art and Architecture Libraries; Digital Collections and Research, Technical Services Division, and Information Technology Division. The inspiration for the project was the highly successful and frequently visited "World's Fair Overview: 1851-1970," a website and online exhibit that was created in 2000. A Treasury of World's Fair Art & Architecture was created as a second and revised edition of the first digital resource.