Columbian Exposion of 1893
Submitted by chicagomewb627 on Wed, 2014-11-12 11:57
This was the site of the 1893 World's Fair--held a year after the 400th anniversary of Columbus' "discovery" of America. The Columbian Exposition was held in what is now a park named for the seventh president, Andrew Jackson--the architect of US Indian Removal. The Exposition featured a number of ethnographic displays including ones focused on American Indian cultures. These were represented both in the exposition halls and on the Midway Fair. Franz Boas oversaw the anthropological exhibits.
There are several sources at the Newberry Library that discuss either the 1893 fair directly or the treatment of Native people World's Fairs. Among the literature that considers the subject of ethnography critically is Writing culture : the poetics and politics of ethnography : a School of American Research advanced seminar edited by James Clifford and George E. Marcus. Call # Ayer GN307.7 .W75 1986