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Golden Gate International Exposition Publicity Records

Call Number: WA MSS S-2889

Scope and Contents

The publicity records contain output of the public relations arm of the 1940 Golden Gate International Exposition. The records document the activities of the exposition and the promotional effort required of the exposition's public relations department. The public relations documents comprise the bulk of the records and are newspaper, magazine, and radio press releases, typescript mimeographed. The public relations documents concern the 1940 exposition, but one file of background information on the 1939 exposition is also present. The publicity materials include one folder of a series of forty-five feature stories, typescript mimeographed, by the California editor and writer Jack Cook, presenting a daily tour of the exposition's exhibits.


  • 1938-1940


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Golden Gate International Exposition Records are the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Marc Selvaggio on the Arthur Corbitt Hoskins Memorial Fund, 2008


Organized into two series: I. Public Relations Documents, 1938-1940. II. Publicity Materials, 1940.


1 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Golden Gate International Exposition

The Golden Gate International Exposition was held in California in 1940 on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay. The 1940 exposition, themed "Fun in the Forties," was the second iteration of the exposition, after 1939's "Pageant of the Pacific" exposition.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Golden Gate International Exposition Publicity Records
Under Revision
by Alison Clemens
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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