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World's Fairs and Expositions: Home

A brief guide to resources about World's Fairs as available through Western Libraries and its Archives & Special Collections.

Images from Collections at WWU

Covers of pamphlets for NASA's Technical Exhibit at the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle WA, 1962) and the Panama Pacific Exposition (San Francisco CA, 1915). CPNWS Pamphlet Collection.

CPNWS pamphlet cover

From the Libraries/Summit Catalogs

You may find it useful to search library and/or archival catalogs using some of the following subject search terms:

  • Exhibitions--Washington(State)
  • Washington (State) Fairs and exhibitions.
  • Seattle (Wash.) Fairs and exhibitions.
  • Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)
  • New York World's Fair (1964-1965)
  • World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)
  • New York World's Fair (1939-1940)
  • Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 : Saint Louis, Mo.)

Consult with your instructors about recommended readings and ask us if you need help finding a specific title or type of resource. Some of the following titles (available through the Summit Library system) may be of interest:


Western Libraries provides access to a wide variety of article and research databases (a WWU log-in is required) in subject areas including history, art and architecture. Follow this link to the Libraries' online guide to Databases A-Z and/or ask staff at the Libraries' Reference Desk for assistance.

Archives & Special Collections

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Western Libraries Archives & Special Collections provides for responsible stewardship of and access to unique and archival resources in support of teaching, learning and research at Western Washington University and beyond. The Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Special Collections, and University Archives and Records Management work together to document the culture and history of Western, the local community and Pacific Northwest region, and to promote public and scholarly access to holdings.