Guide to the New York World's Fair Collection
Digitized Content

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0134
Creators:
Community Life, Div. of, NMAH, SI
Dates:
1939
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
0.3 Cubic feet
1 box
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Newspaper articles, fair schedules and maps, exhibit brochures,and pictures of the Fair grounds.
Scope and Contents
Newspaper articles, fair schedules and maps, exhibit brochures,and pictures of the Fair grounds.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Collection is arranged into one series by subject or type of document.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The theme of this fair was "The World of Tomorrow," symbolized by the Trylon & Perisphere sculptures. It commemorated the 150th anniversary of the innauguration of George Washington as President in New York City.
The Fair was held on 1216 acres in Flushing Meadows, Queens, N.Y., divided into 7 geographic and thematic zones: Amusement, Communications & Business Systems, Community Interests, Food, Government, Medicine & Public Health, Production & Distribution, Science & Education, and Transportation.
In expanding on the theme, the Fair tried to show that what was being built then would be the World of Tomorrow. 62 foreign nations built exhibit halls. World War II began Sept. 1, 1939, as the Nazis overran countries represented at the Fair, such as France, Denmark, and Belgium.
World War II started September 1, 1939 putting a damper on the 1940 season as the Nazis overran countries which were represented at the Fair such as France, Denmark & Belgium.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by NMAH Staff.
Author
NMAH Staff
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Immediate source of aquisition unknown.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
New York World's Fair Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Preferred Citation
New York World's Fair Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Transferred to the Archives Center from the Division of Community Life, December 1984.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
World of Tomorrow Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Maps -- 1880-1940 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Amusements Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Queens (New York, N.Y.) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Exhibitions Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Recreation Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Articles Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Postcards -- 1930-1940 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brochures -- 1930-1940 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Schedules Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
New York World's Fair (1939-1940) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives