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Exhibitions Collection

Call Number: MS 893

Scope and Contents

The largest part of the Exhibitions Collection is made up of catalogues from the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition of 1876. Although the set is not complete, the catalogues provide a wide overview of the exhibits. They are of two kinds: those on individual industries, crafts and professions, and those for the national exhibits issued by the participating countries. In addition there are pamphlets documenting the organization of the exhibition, with reports by the executive and planning committees (1872-1875), and some official guides and lists of awards. Reports of the Women's Centennial Association of America (1873-1875) describe the activities of women's groups which were formed to help celebrate the Centennial.

Fourteen foreign countries are represented here with catalogues describing their exhibits. These are: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. The United States entries are divided by states. There are also catalogues for exhibits by several national agencies, among them the U.S. Corps of Engineers and the Army Medical Museum.

Miscellaneous catalogues from other world exhibitions (1873-1893) make up the remainder of the collection.


  • 1867-1933

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown, though much of the material in this collection is likely in the public domain. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.


Arranged by exhibit.


7.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


An artificial collection of publications and reports from major international exhibitions, 1867-1904. The Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, 1876, is a major component of the collection.
Guide to the Exhibitions Collection
Under Revision
compiled by Miriam Levi
October 1979
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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