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World's Columbian Exposition ticket collection

Identifier: MS2274

Scope and Contents

This collection contains ten tickets from the World's Columbian Exposition Chicago. Most of the tickets admit the bearer for the entire time of the fair May 1, 1893 through October 30, 1893, though there is a date of sale ticket, a Chicago Day only ticket, and a Manhattan Day only ticket. The collection also contains two pieces of United States fractional currency. One is for $.25 and the other for $.10. The final item in this collection is an envelope from the Caxton Co. This envelope may have held these tickets. The tickets are all date 1893. The currency has been dated based on the span of dates for the issue number of that particular currency and falls between 1864 and 1875.


  • circa 1864-circa 1875

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Historical note

The World's Columbian Exposition (also called The Chicago World's Fair), was held in Chicago in 1893. The fair celebrated the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the New World. Chicago bested New York City, Washington, D.C. and St. Louis, Missouri, for the honor of hosting the fair. The fair had a profound effect on architecture, the arts, Chicago's self-image, and American industrial optimism. Daniel Burnham and Frederick Law Olmsted had the most influence designing the Exposition. Burhman and Olmstead followed Beaux Arts principles of design, namely, European Classical Architecture principles based on symmetry and balance.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 slim document box)




This collection contains ten tickets from the World's Columbian Exposition Chicago 1893. There are also two pieces of United States fractional currency and an envelope from the Caxton Co. that may have held the tickets. The fractional currency is dated circa 1864-circa 1875 while all the tickets are for the year 1893.


This collection is not organized in any particular order.

Physical Location

Materials may be stored off-site, and may require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquisition information for this collection is unknown.
Guide to the World's Columbian Exposition ticket collection, 1893
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

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Washington 20052 United States of America