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St. Louis 1904 World’s Fair Collection

Identifier: LH-wua00194

This collection consists of various souvenir scrapbooks, souvenir books, stock certificate, and other material from or related to the 1904 World’s Fair held in St. Louis, Missouri (Louisiana Purchase Exposition).


  • 1893-2004


Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)


4.50 linear feet

7 boxes

1 drawers

Historical Information

The St. Louis World’s Fair (officially known as the Louisiana Fair Exposition) was held from April 30 to December 1, 1904 in Forest Park and on the grounds of Washington University. Alumni and board members were among the 118 directors who had organized and backed the fair under the leadership of David Rowland Francis. The newly built University Hall served as Fair headquarters and the University’s athletic complex hosted the 1904 Olympics.

Arrangement Note

Arranged into four series, as described below:

Series 1: Bound Booklets, Plans, Souvenirs, and Ephemera

Series 2: Booklets, Plans, Souvenirs, and Ephemera

Series 3: Objects

Series 4: Oversized Materials

Method of Acquisition

This material was given to University Archives by numerous individuals.

Accession number 2013-039, transfer from Chancellor's Office, April 17, 2013

Accession number WUA2014-103, gift of Cheryl Kaplan, October 13, 2014

Gift of H. James and Ann Harre, March 14, 2016

Accession number LH2018-008, gift of Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society (EPNNES)

Accruals and Additions

Accruals are interfiled within the collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Jay Kempen and Sarah Pabarcus in September 2005. Updated by Sarah Schnuriger in August 2016 and July 2019.

St. Louis 1904 World’s Fair Collection
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 February 11: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Local History Collecting Area

Miranda Rectenwald
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495