First posted on the A.R.T. Listserv on February 12, 2015.
MCNY and QM share results of CLIR-funded World's Fair Project
In a collaboration with the Queens Museum, the Museum of the City of New York has completed an 18-month project to make our collections from both the 1939/40 and 1964/65 New York World’s Fairs more accessible as a result of a generous Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). This project allowed the two museums to process and describe their relatively unknown and inaccessible World’s Fair collections, intellectually uniting all materials into a single finding aid for each fair, and providing item level cataloging for selected highlights from both collections.
The Museum and the City of New York (MCNY) and the Queens Museum (QM), in conjunction with the Queens Library, are now pleased to share finding aids for both the 1939-1940 and 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, along with item level catalog records for 1650 highlights from these collections via The Archives at Queens Library: Digital Collections.
Click here to view joint finding aids and catalog records for MCNY and QM collections:
Collection on the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair finding aid
Collection on the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair finding aid
Catalog records for 1650 item level highlights from both fairs (Click “Search” button to display records)
Local finding aids for just those materials held at MCNY can be found here:
The Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in the CLIR program. Both museums are also grateful for the partnership with the Queens Library, whose staff worked diligently to help us make these resources available via this new Digital Archives site.