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
Title vignette, head and tail pieces, illuminated initials., Contents: Die Teilnehmer an dem Internationalen Kongress für Kunst und Wissenschaft (p. 159-171) -- Luftschiffahrt (p. [386]-388)
British Section
British Section
At head of title: Royal commission, St. Louis international exhibition, 1904.
Dinner given in honor of the Missouri World's Fair Commissioners
Dinner given in honor of the Missouri World's Fair Commissioners
Walter Williams's copy, with 32 autographs including his., In case with title: New Missouri book.
Exhibit of American Federation of Labor
Exhibit of American Federation of Labor
Catalogue of exhibits -- History of the organization -- Its present status -- Statistics in relation to various benefits -- Work of organizers -- Union labels -- Charts showing growth and progress., Title from NUC pre-1956 imprints., At head of title: St. Louis Exposition, 1904.
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.
By Frederick L. Hoffman, Statistician., At head of title: Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., 1904.
History of the Louisiana purchase exposition
History of the Louisiana purchase exposition
By Mark Bennitt, editor-in-chief ... Frank Parker Stockbridge, managing editor ... with an introduction by Walter B. Stevens ... Illustrated under direction of Edgar M. Dilley with more than four thousand engravings.
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
With an introduction by Halsey C. Ives ... descriptive text for paintings by Charles M. Kurtz ... descriptive text for sculpture by George Julian Zolnay.
International Exhibition Saint Louis, 1904.
International Exhibition Saint Louis, 1904.
Issued by the Royal Commission. Includes indexes.
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)
Author: Buel, James W. (James William), 1849-1920. Title: Louisiana and the Fair : an exposition of the world, its people and their achievements / J.W. Buel, editor. Published: St. Louis : World's Progress Pub. Co., [1904?-1906] Edition: Founders ed.
Memories of the world's greatest exposition
Memories of the world's greatest exposition
Cover-title., Contains views of buildings and grounds in halftone., MU: Library's copy imperfect. Some pages missing.
New Mexico mines and minerals
New Mexico mines and minerals
Being an epitome of the early mining history and resources of New Mexican mines, in the various districts, down to the present time.
Official catalogue of exhibitors
Official catalogue of exhibitors
United States -- Argentine -- Austria -- Belgium -- Brazil -- Bulgaria -- Canada -- Cuba -- France -- Germany -- Great Britain -- Holland -- Hungary -- International. Ceylon, Denmark, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland -- Italy -- Japan -- Mexico -- Portugal -- Russia -- Sweden., Complete title and subtitle: Official catalogue of exhibitors : Universal Exposition, St. Louis, U.S.A. 1904 : Division of Exhibits, ... Department B, Art, Halsey C. Ives, Chief.
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
The addresses by prominent personages and the ceremonies of the opening day witnessed by the largest attendance of people in the history of World's Fairs.

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