University of Illinois at Chicago Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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Images of Progress: Views from A Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934

A Century of Progress International Exposition was the world's fair held in Chicago during the summers of 1933 and 1934 to commemorate the incorporation of the city in 1833. Sponsors of the fair sought to broaden its appeal by adopting a theme of universal significance - the spectacular advances of science and technology during the period 1833-1933. Chicago, according to fair boosters, was "the only city of major importance whose entire life had been passed within this remarkable century, one in which the application of science to industry had brought profound changes in both the economic and cultural structure." The Exposition was to serve as the "dramatization of the progress of civilization during the hundred years of Chicago's existence."

Presented here are publicity and other documentary photographs from the Exposition. They form part of A Century of Progress Records, 1927-1952, housed in the Special Collections and University Archives Department, University of Illinois at Chicago Library.