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Chicago World's Fair

View from the Ferris Wheel

From Paul V. Galvin Library, Illinois Institute of Technology


In-Library Print Resources

Chicago: A Biography by Dominic A. Pacyga -- 977.3 PAC 

City of Big Shoulders: A History of Chicago by Robert G. Spinney -- 977.3 SPI

City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America by Donald L. Miller-- 977.3 MIL

A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the 19th Century by Witold Rybczynski -- 712 OLM

Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World by Jill Jonnes -- 621.3 JON

Going Out: The Rise and Fall of Public Amusements by David Nasaw -- 790.1 NAS

The Guilded Age and the Progressive Era: A Student Companion by Elisabeth Israels Perry and Karen Manners Smith -- 973.8 PER

Major Problems in the Guilded Age and the Progressive Era Edited by Leon Fink -- 973.8 MAJ

Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West by William Cronon -- 977.3 CRO

Perfect Cities: Chicago's Utopias of 1893 by James Gilbert -- 977.3 GIL

Standing at Armageddon: The United States, 1877-1919 by Nell Irvin Painter -- 973.8 PAI

The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream by Thomas Dyja -- 977.3 DYJ


Website Resources

Chicago:  City of the Century


Gilder Lerhman (try other search terms besides World’s Fair; definitely useful on Turner Thesis) If a password is needed use spartans


Illinois Institute of Technology, Digital History Project


In Tesla’s own words  - I would want to know more about the “dark room” and what kind of experiments Tesla did at the fair


Odd short piece on measurement at the fair - “ideal person” - might fit with Eugenics topic


On Tesla and the First Electric World’s Fair - short but details on competition between Edison and Westinghouse/Tesla and how getting World’s Fair bid was a real edge


Red Man’s Rebuke


Smithsonian Bibiography: Revisiting the World's Fairs and International Expositions


The Newberry Research Library (Chicago, IL)


The World's Columbian Exposition: Ideas, Experience, Aftermath from University of Virginia


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