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COLLECTION Identifier: UAI 20.904.5

Records of the Harvard exhibit at the St. Louis Exposition

Overview

The St. Louis Exposition (also known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition) was an international exposition held in St. Louis, Missouri from April 30 through December 1, 1904 to celebrate the centennial of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. The collection consists chiefly of correspondence and book lists documenting the efforts of Harvard University Librarian William Coolidge Lane (1859-1931) to compile a comprehensive listing of books authored and edited by Harvard graduates and faculty to be displayed in the Harvard exhibit at the St. Louis Exposition. The records reveal the prominence and influence of Harvard in a broad range of fields and scholarship at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Dates

  • 1904

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Extent

.35 cubic feet (1 document box, 1 volume, 13 photographs)
The collection consists chiefly of correspondence and book lists documenting the efforts of Harvard University Librarian William Coolidge Lane (1859-1931) to compile a comprehensive listing of books authored and edited by Harvard graduates and faculty to be displayed in the Harvard exhibit at the St. Louis Exposition. Other records in this collection include news clippings and an article describing the Harvard exhibit, label placards used at the Harvard book exhibit, and photographs depicting images of the Harvard exhibit. The records in this collection reveal the prominence and influence of Harvard in a broad range of fields and scholarship at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Historical note

The St. Louis Exposition (also known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition) was an international exposition held in St. Louis, Missouri from April 30 through December 1, 1904, to celebrate the centennial of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. Featured among the exhibits in the Palace of Education, the Harvard exhibit included photographs, charts, models, architectural plans, pamphlets, and books, which illustrated the growth and development of Harvard from its earliest beginnings to the end of the nineteenth century. The Harvard book collection (estimated at 1350 volumes) at the Exposition featured the works of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (arranged under such topics as Ancient and Modern Languages, History, Politics, and Economics), the writings of Harvard graduates from 1642 to 1879, the writings of faculty from the Harvard Law School, and a series of volumes of publications issued by the University and Harvard departments.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The documents in this collection are University records and were acquired in the course of University business. Whenever possible the archivist noted the terms of acquisition in the folder list below.

References

  • Flint, Weston B., Harvard at the World's Fair, The Harvard Illustrated Magazine, 1904 October, 1-7.
  • Waldo, Frank, Harvard at St. Louis: A Literary Exhibit in Three Sections, Boston Evening Transcript, 29 April 1904.

Inventory update

This document last updated 2018 December 19.
People
  1. Lane, William Coolidge, 1859-1931.
Groups
  1. Harvard University. Corporation.
  2. Harvard University -- Statistics.
  3. Harvard University -- Photographs.
  4. Harvard University -- Alumni and alumnae.
  5. Harvard University -- History -- 20th century.
  6. Harvard University -- Buildings.
  7. Harvard University -- Exhibitions.
Topics
  1. Exhibitions -- Missouri -- Saint Louis.
  2. Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 : Saint Louis, Mo.)
Formats and genres
  1. Bibliographies.
  2. Placards (information artifacts)
  3. Charts (graphic documents)
  4. Volumes (documents by form)
  5. Correspondence.
  6. Black-and-white photographs.

Processing Information

This inventory was created in May 2014 by Dominic P. Grandinetti from a cursory inspection of the material and a variety of information sources. The records (UAI 20.900.5 and UAI 20.900.6) were re-processed as the Records of the Harvard exhibit at the St. Louis Exposition, 1904 and assigned the call number UAI 20.900.5. Call number UAI 20.900.6 was eliminated.
Link to catalog
Title
Harvard University. Corporation. Records of the Harvard exhibit at the St. Louis Exposition, 1904 : an inventory
EAD ID
hua26014

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard University Archives Repository

Holding nearly four centuries of materials, the Harvard University Archives is the principal repository for the institutional records of Harvard University and the personal archives of Harvard faculty, as well as collections related to students, alumni, Harvard-affiliates and other associated topics. The collections document the intellectual, cultural, administrative and social life of Harvard and the influence of the University as it emerged across the globe.

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