Louisiana Purchase Exposition: The 1904 St. Louis World's Fair (Collection)

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The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, commonly known as the Saint Louis World's Fair of 1904, was the last great international exposition before the Great War of 1914. The fair, built on a 1,200 acre site, was conceived on a gigantic scale. It included hundreds of thousands of objects, people, animals, displays, and publications from 62 exhibiting countries and 43 of the 45 states. The setting of world's records, such as the largest organ, and working displays of every important technological advance were significant design goals. It was no accident that the 11-volume set, Louisiana and the Fair; an exposition of the world, its people and their achievements (included here) was published by the World's Progress Publishing Co. The Fair itself was a combination of trade show, civic showpiece, monument to cultural self-consciousness and boosterism, along with more than a tinge of American exceptionalism. It betrays the grandiose ambition of the gilded age, forming a kind of collective utterance encompassing the nineteenth century's paean to international understanding in the furtherance of peace, prosperity, and progress. It's a grand snapshot in time of American and foreign societies as they wished to portray themselves.

The documents here are intended to complement existing Internet collections and to further scholarly research and serious inquiry. They are from the collections of the University of Missouri Libraries and University Archives and were selected because they were not yet available on the Internet. Perhaps the most important of these is Mark Bennett's History of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. The diversity of subjects is huge: veterinary practice, the famous artist Max Klinger, and poverty and relief efforts in Leipzig - and this just from Germany. The Committee on Digitization Initiatives of the MU Libraries hopes that these resources will be useful to the people of the State of Missouri and beyond, and we welcome any comments or questions.

The digitization in 2010 of the resources in this collection was supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

MU ID: mu:5211.


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Amtlicher Bericht über die Weltausstellung in Saint Louis 1904
Amtlicher Bericht über die Weltausstellung in Saint Louis 1904
Artistic views of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, 1904 (Collection)
Artistic views of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, 1904 (Collection)
Assembly : in honor of a delegation of distinguished visitors from the World's Fair International Congress of Arts and Sciences \u2026
Assembly : in honor of a delegation of distinguished visitors from the World's Fair International Congress of Arts and Sciences \u2026
British Section
British Section
Catalogue of publications by Missouri authors and periodicals of Missouri of 1903 in World's Fair exhibit in Missouri building
Catalogue of publications by Missouri authors and periodicals of Missouri of 1903 in World's Fair exhibit in Missouri building
Dedication ceremonies, St. Louis, U.S.A., April 30th and May 1st-2nd, 1903.
Dedication ceremonies, St. Louis, U.S.A., April 30th and May 1st-2nd, 1903.
Dinner given in honor of the Missouri World's Fair Commissioners
Dinner given in honor of the Missouri World's Fair Commissioners
Education in Japan; Prepared for the Louisana Purchase Exposition at St. Louis U.S.A. 1904
Education in Japan; Prepared for the Louisana Purchase Exposition at St. Louis U.S.A. 1904
Exhibit of American Federation of Labor
Exhibit of American Federation of Labor
Handbook and reference guide to the exhibits of the Prudential Insurance Company of America.
Handbook and reference guide to the exhibits of the Prudential Insurance Company of America.
Handbook on the minerals and mineral resources of Virginia
Handbook on the minerals and mineral resources of Virginia
History of the Louisiana purchase exposition
History of the Louisiana purchase exposition
Illustrations of selected works in the various national sections of the Department of art
Illustrations of selected works in the various national sections of the Department of art
International Exhibition Saint Louis, 1904.
International Exhibition Saint Louis, 1904.
Irish Industrial Exhibition
Irish Industrial Exhibition
Japan: special catalog: fishing industry descriptive catalogue
Japan: special catalog: fishing industry descriptive catalogue
Katalog Der Ausstellung Fur Buchgewerbe Und Photographie In St. Louis 1904
Katalog Der Ausstellung Fur Buchgewerbe Und Photographie In St. Louis 1904
Leipzig im Jahre 1904
Leipzig im Jahre 1904
Louisiana and the fair: an exposition of the world, its people and their achievements (Collection)
Louisiana and the fair: an exposition of the world, its people and their achievements (Collection)
Manual of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, World's Fair, Saint Louis, 1904
Manual of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, World's Fair, Saint Louis, 1904
Memories of the world's greatest exposition
Memories of the world's greatest exposition
New Mexico mines and minerals
New Mexico mines and minerals
New method in agricultural education.
New method in agricultural education.
Official catalogue of exhibitors
Official catalogue of exhibitors
Official report of the Universal Congress of Lawyers and Jurists:
Official report of the Universal Congress of Lawyers and Jurists:
Opening ceremonies of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, U.S.A., April 30th, 1904
Opening ceremonies of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, U.S.A., April 30th, 1904
Photographs illustrating the laboratories of the Department of Botany, University of Missouri
Photographs illustrating the laboratories of the Department of Botany, University of Missouri
Proceedings of the World's Press Parliament held at the Universal Exposition, Saint Louis, U.S.A., May 19, 20, 21, 1904
Proceedings of the World's Press Parliament held at the Universal Exposition, Saint Louis, U.S.A., May 19, 20, 21, 1904
Relatorio apresentado ao exm. sr. Lauro Severiano Müller, ministro da industria, viação e obras publicas
Relatorio apresentado ao exm. sr. Lauro Severiano Müller, ministro da industria, viação e obras publicas
Report of industrial exhibits of the Philippines schools at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition
Report of industrial exhibits of the Philippines schools at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition
Report of the Nebraska State Commission to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition at St. Louis, Missouri, 1904
Report of the Nebraska State Commission to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition at St. Louis, Missouri, 1904
Report to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Commission
Report to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Commission
Saint Louis world's fair of 1904
Saint Louis world's fair of 1904
Sceneries and People of Austria
Sceneries and People of Austria
The true and complete story of the Pike and its attractions, World's Fair, St. Louis, U.S.A.
The true and complete story of the Pike and its attractions, World's Fair, St. Louis, U.S.A.
Univerity of Missouri : [photographs]
Univerity of Missouri : [photographs]
Univerity of Missouri College of Agriculture : [photographs]
Univerity of Missouri College of Agriculture : [photographs]
Univerity of Missouri Entymology, Horticulure : [photographs]
Univerity of Missouri Entymology, Horticulure : [photographs]
Univerity of Missouri School of Engineering : [photographs]
Univerity of Missouri School of Engineering : [photographs]
Univerity of Missouri physical culture : [photographs]
Univerity of Missouri physical culture : [photographs]

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