World’s Columbian Exposition Snapshots Collection

Dates: 1893-1895, bulk 1893. Size: 2.75 linear feet in 3 boxes. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, World’s Columbian Exposition Collection. Most extant images of the World's Columbian Exposition were taken by the official photographer of the Fair, Charles Dudley Arnold. The photographs in this Collection, taken by sometimes anonymous, sometimes named photographers, reflect the spontaneity and joy of snapshots, and not the formality of the professional portraits. [Finding aid]