University to digitize World’s Fairs collection

Digital primary sources publisher, Adam Matthew, will digitize the Donald G. Larson Collection of International Expositions and Fairs at the Fresno State’s Madden Library. This collection is considered one of the largest “World’s Fairs” collections in the world.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Adam Matthew on their forthcoming world’s fair digital collection. It’s an honor to have our collection selected as the foundation for this new collaborative project,” said Tammy Lau, head of special collections at Fresno State.

According to Lau, world’s fairs and exhibitions were the home of innovation and invention, gathering together international communities and cultures for over 160 years. “Each fair had a huge impact on both the host city, in terms of an architectural legacy, and on the millions of individuals who visited,” she said.

The founder of Fresno State’s collection, Donald G. Larson, has been collecting world’s fair materials after visiting the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1940. His collection includes documents, pamphlets, photographs, and memorabilia from fairs dating back to the year 1851.

Larson said that having his collection made available digitally to students, scholars, and researchers around the world is a dream come true. “I am just delighted that the Larson collection will form the basis of this unprecedented digital resource. It is beyond what I could have hoped for back in 1972 when I first donated my collection to Fresno State,” he said.

Adam Matthew Digital is an award-winning publisher of digital primary source collections for the humanities and social sciences. Sourced from libraries and archives around the world, their research and teaching collections cover a wide range of subject areas, from medieval family life to 20th century history, literature, and culture.

For more information contact Tammy Lau at 559.278.2595 or tammyl@csufresno.edu.

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