New York World's Fair 1939-1940 records

Collection Data

The New York World's Fair of 1939 and 1940, was held in Flushing Meadows in the Borough of Queens. The non-profit Fair corporation was formed in 1935 under the guidance of business and civic leaders, and financed through federal, state, municipal and private funds. The Fair commemorated the 150th anniversary of Washington's inauguration in New York City and took "Building the World of Tomorrow" as its central theme. Participants included close to 60 nations, 33 states and U.S. territories, and over a thousand exhibitors, among them some of the largest corporations in the United States. The records of the New York World's Fair 1939-1940 Incorporated present a comprehensive view of all aspects of the Fair including construction, maintenance and demolition of Fair facilities; planning and development; architecture and landscaping; displays and exhibits; government participation; publicity and public relations; amusements, entertainment and concessions; legal and financial affairs; the import and export of goods; labor relations; and public safety and welfare. In addition to correspondence and memoranda, the collection consists of reports, minutes, financial and legal records, architectural plans, design drawings, sound recordings, brochures, leaflets, press releases and other promotional materials, notably over 12,000 photographs of the Fair, its exhibits and visitors.
New York World's Fair (1939-1940) (Creator)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1935 - 1945
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 2233
Exhibitions -- New York (State) -- New York
New York World's Fair (1939-1940)
Architectural drawings
Archival Materials
Physical Description
Extent: 1203.48 linear feet (2508 boxes, 42 volumes; 12 sound recordings)
Type of Resource
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11686556
MSS Unit ID: 2233
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 1e6dd2f0-c530-012f-c1f8-58d385a7bc34
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