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1893 World's Columbian Exposition: Books

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.


An excellent starting point for researching various aspects of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. (Note: Search the WorldCat catalog using the search terms "WCE Collection" for a full listing of volumes held by The Field Museum.)

Rare Book Room

© The Field Museum, GN90799d_LakefrontPainting. Colored Pencil and watercolor rendition [painting] by artist Childe Hassam of the fair grounds from an elevated perspective. June 1, 1893.

Examples of holdings in the Rare Book Room include the following titles. For a comprehensive list, please visit the Library's catalog on WorldCat at