Guide to the Daniel H. Meyerson World's Fair Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0745
Creators:
Meyerson, Daniel H.
Dates:
1915-2000
undated
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Collection contains materials written in Japanese, French and German.
Physical Description:
16 Cubic feet
43 boxes
Repository:
The collection primarily documents through press releases, news bulletins, guidebooks, souvenirs, maps, ephemera and related publications world's fairs occurring after 1960.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The strength of this collection lies in the documentation of world's fairs occurring after 1960. There is a substantial amount of material for the 1964/1965 New York World's Fair, International and Universal Exposition or Expo 67 (Montreal, Canada), HemisFair '68 (San Antonio, Texas), Japan World Exposition or Expo '70 (Osaka, Japan), International Exposition on the Environment or Expo '74 (Spokane, Washington), International Ocean Exposition or Expo '75 (Okinawa, Japan), International Energy Exposition or 1982 World's Fair (Knoxville, Tennessee), Expo '86 (Vancouver, Canada), and Expo '88 (Brisbane, Australia). These materials were originally assembled by Eugene Kaeck, who created and managed the non-profit organization San Francisco Archive and Research Center for World's Fairs and Expositions, Incorporated. After Kaeck's death his home and its contents were purchased by Daniel Meyerson. The collection contains some of the correspondence from the San Francisco Archive and Research Center for World's Fairs and Expositions, Incorporated but primarily consists of material that was created for fair goers. These materials inform the consumer about activities, amusements, pavilions, eating establishments and offer tips about getting around the grounds. Included among these materials are guidebooks, press releases, news bulletins, brochures, schedules, postcards, souvenirs, maps, fact sheets and ephemera. There is also a substantial amount of material created by the hospitality industry that relates to tourism including lodging accommodations, transportation and sightseeing opportunities. Mostly created by transportation and lodging companies, the materials include maps, guides, tickets, brochures and tour books. In addition publications including magazines, newspapers and books discuss the history of world's fairs as well as the theme, significance, corporate participants and achievements of individual expos dating before, during and after the fair.
The collection is arranged into two series. Series one includes fairs sanctioned by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE). The materials are arranged in chronological order. Series two consists of other celebrations around the world including the Prague International Fair, Festival of Britain, Soviet Exhibition of Science, Technology, and Cuture, Mexican National Fair, Alaska Centennial, First World Exhibition of Transport and Communications and the International Garden Show in Amsterdam. There is a substantial amount of material from the Canadian National Exhibition, 1977-1981. These materials are arranged in chronological order.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Series 1, World Expositions, 1915-2000, undated
Series 2, Other Celebrations, 1949-1994, undated

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Daniel H. Meyerson was San Francisco antiques dealer.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by: Austin Arminio (intern), Thomas Espe (intern), Ann Jones (volunteer), Alexander Henry (intern); supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist, April 2017.
Author
Vanessa Broussard Simmons
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection was donated by Daniel H. Meyerson in 2000 in honor of Mel Seiden.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Daniel H. Meyerson World's Fair Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Exhibitions -- 1960-1990 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
World's fairs Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brochures -- 1950-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Magazines (periodicals) -- 1950-1980 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Guidebooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Press releases Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Picture postcards -- 20th century -- United States Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bulletins Type 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