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World’s Fairs and Expositions – HSSE Featured Database

July 27th, 2023

Humanities, Social Science and Education Library’s Featured Database will give you a very brief introduction to the basic features of one of our specialized subscription databases. This time we’re featuring World’s Fairs and Expositions: Visions of Tomorrow, brought to you by Gale.


Access the databases off-campus with your Purdue login and password.

Focus: This database contains primary sources about these landmark exhibits from 1834 to 1940, archiving the spirit, technology, design, and innovations that influenced the modern world. Sources include organizational and administrative records, postcards, Books of the Fairs, watercolors of the exhibitions and more.

Tutorial: Click here see the basics of using the World’s Fairs and Expositions database.

Quick tip: If you look to the top right of the screen, you see a button called Cite. You can use this button to cut and paste the citation to your bibliography or export it to a citation management software. Always make sure to double check the citation. There are occasional errors.

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Other databases you might want to explore are:

World’s Fair: A Global History of Expositions: