Guide to the Paris Exposition Universelle Photoprints

Collection ID:
Exposition universelle internationale de 1900 (Paris, France)
Domestic Life, Division of (NMAH, SI).
Captions in French.
Physical Description:
0.1 Cubic feet
2 boxes
paper prints, 7-3/8 x 9-3/8," Silver gelatin, on mounts
199 Photographic prints

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Photographs of the Paris Universal Exposition of 1900, which record many buildings and pavilions that were among the chief points of interest, including the Monumental Entrance, Art Palaces and the Bridge of Alexander III, national pavilions lining the Seine River, and the Palace of Machinery; also, views of Paris from the Eiffel Tower, and statuary. Photographer unidentified; images appear to be an official documentation, perhaps commissioned by the exposition organizers.

1 series. Numerical by original museum catalogue numbers.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
L'Exposition Universelle de Paris, 1900, represented a desire to awe and mystify a new generation in a new century.,In 1892 the Republic of France announced her intention to host the Universal Exposition and dreamed of uniting the nations in a common project; many promptly accepted and planned exhibits enthusiastically. Central Paris was chosen as the fairgrounds, an area containing three great buildings, such as the Eiffel Tower, constructed for past world's fairs; an area on the right bank of the Seine was later added. Exhibits included the "Cineorama," with hand-colored films, phonograph music, and live commentary, which was the first of many developments in film technique and presentation which had their first public showing at world exhibitions, the Mareorama, and other attractions. Art Nouveau, the creative rage of the exhibition, seemed to symbolize its theme.

Processing Information
This collection remains unprocessed.
NMAH Staff
Immediate Source of Acquisiton
Division of Domestic Life.,National Museum of American History.,Transfer.,1990/05/31.

Using the Collection
Restrictions on Access
Unrestricted research use on site.,Photographs must be handled with gloves.
Preferred Citation
Paris Exposition Universelle Photoprints, 1900, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
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.

Ownership and Custodial History
Ownership and Custodial History
These photographs and others, comprising the Goodyear Collection, Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, were sent to the National Museum through Dr. Alfred G. Mayer in exchange for some Cliff Dweller pottery, Nov. 14, 1901. Pictures first in USNM Section of Architecture; to Div. of Political History, Museum of History and Technology; to Div. of Domestic Life, July 29, 1969. Apparently the Brooklyn Institute had the original negatives.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Exhibitions -- 1900 -- Paris -- France Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tour Eiffel (Paris, France) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Architecture, Modern -- 1900 -- Paris -- France Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
World's fairs Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Paris (France) -- 1900-1910 Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Domestic Life, Division of (NMAH, SI). 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