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1893 World's Columbian Exposition: Key Resources

For six short months in 1893, Jackson Park in Chicago was home to one of the largest and most spectacular expositions of the 19th Century. Near the close of the Fair, The Field Columbian Museum (now The Field Museum) was founded.

Field Museum Publications

Annual Reports

  • Beginning with the very first annual report of the Museum, (Annual Reports of the Director to the Board of Trustees 1894-1895), early annual reports are richly detailed with lists of accessions, descriptions of expeditions, and names of important figures in the history of The Field Museum.
  • Access every annual report by year and type from this page of The Field Museum website. 

Field Columbian Museum Historical Series 


Articles about the World's Columbian Exposition and founding of The Field Museum and its collections are all freely available through the library's partnership with the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL):


Palace of Fine Arts


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First site of the Field Museum: 1894-1921.

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