Century of Progress



A Selected Bibliography on A Century of Progress

Listed below are some more widely-held items about A Century of Progress, which you may be able to obtain through your local library's interlibrary loan program. In addition, the Chicago Historical Society Library has a strong collection of other materials about the fair, such as published reports and guidebooks, catalogs of specific exhibits, ephemera (tickets, menus, etc.) fiction, etc.

General works

  • A Century of Progress International Exposition 1933-34. Homes and furnishings as exhibited at the world's fair, 1934. Dorothy Raley, editor.

  • A Century of Progress International Exposition 1933-34. Official catalogue of exhibits in the division of the basic sciences. Hall of Science. Two editions--1933 and 1934.

  • Art Institute of Chicago. Catalogue of A Century of Progress Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture. Two editions--1933 and 1934

  • Art Institute of Chicago. Catalogue of A Century of Progress Exhibition of Prints. Two editions--1933 and 1934.

  • Chicago. A Century of Progress International Exposition. Official guidebook of the fair, 1933, with 1934 supplement.

  • Chicago. A Century of Progress International Exposition. The official pictures of a Century of Progress Exposition. Introduction by James Weber Linn. Photography by Kaufman and Fabry. Chicago: A Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933.

  • Eben James Carey. Medical Science Exhibits, A Century of Progress, Chicago World's Fair, 1933 and 1934... (1936)

  • Findling, John, editor. Historical Dictionary of World's Fairs and Expositions, 1851-1988. New York: Greenwood Press, 1990.

  • Hiton Suzanne. Here Today and Gone Tomorrow--the Story of World's Fairs and Expositions. Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1978.

  • Lohr Lenox Riley. Fair Management, the Story of A Century of Progress: a Guide for Future Fairs. Chicago: The Cuneo Press, 1952.

Other sources

The Chicago Research Center has a strong collection of individual photographs of A Century of Progress.

The official archives of A Century of Progress are held by the University of Illinois at Chicago Library, Special Collections Department. Their collection includes correspondence, reports, minutes of meetings, legal and financial records, press releases, clippings, photographs, blueprints, etc.

Local newspapers of the day contain a wealth of information. Many libraries have microfilm copies, especially of The Chicago Tribune, and interlibrary loans may be available. Other newspapers of the time included The Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Daily News and The Chicago Herald and Examiner.


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