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Art: World's Fairs

In this Subject Guide, you will find Art resources to get you started on your research.

Video Resources

Getting Started

Finding information about world's fairs, or international expos, can be challenging as their name/titles change. You can search the CSUEB Library Catalog or WorldCat using words such as "worlds fair" or "expo* and art".  A good overview can be found in both Encyclopaedia Britannica and Wikipedia.

The Smithsonian has a great page on the history of the world fairs. The Archives of American Art Blog published a story on the home movies of Hildreth Meier that she took of the murals at the New York World's Fair of 1939-40.


San Francisco World's Fairs

The CSUEB Library contains approximately 30 books on the 1915 exposition, while we own only 5 books on the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939-40.

Pan-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE):

Golden Gate International Exposition (GGIE):

DIVA (a project of Academic Technology at San Francisco State) provides silent video of the art at the fair.


Useful Webpages

There are multiple resources on the web for the world fairs/expos. Some general sites are:

Library Books on World Fairs