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Charna Larkin World's Fair Collection

Identifier: SPC00010

Scope and Contents

This collection of World’s Fair memorabilia was donated to Florida Atlantic University by Charna Larkin. The Larkin family established an endowment in 2004 tosupport the study of the American presidency at FAU. The endowment also supports the annual Alan B. Larkin Symposium on the American Presidency, which hosts public lectures by best-selling authors and distinguished scholars. In addition to collecting original signed letters from every U.S. president from George Washington to George W. Bush, Alan B. Larkin also collected memorabilia from World’s Fairs. The Charna Larkin World’s Fair Collection contains glassware, newspapers, pamphlets, postcards, and brochures from various expositions held between 1893 and 1967. The majority of the collection focuses on the World’s Fairs held in Chicago in 1893 and 1933 and the New York World’s Fairs held in 1939 and 1964.


  • Created: 1849 - 1993
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1893 - 1964

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are available for supervised use in the Special Collections reading room during regular hours or by appointment. Users are required to complete a registration form and to comply with regulations governing use. Research assistance may be available but please email or phone first to set up an appointment. Photocopies or electronic copies of material in the collections may be provided within copyright limits but may not be ready immediately. In addition, selected materials are digitized and available electronically through the Digital Library.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in the collections are to be used for private study, scholarship, or research in accord with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). FAU Libraries adhere to all conditions specified in the law when providing reproductions of copyrighted material. Any subsequent use of a reproduction in excess of " fair use," may result in the user’s liability for copyright infringement. When using electronic copies or images, please keep in mind that copyright law applies. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright permission from the rights holder when copying material in excess of fair use. Restriction in the copying of materials may be imposed if the researcher does not have written permission from the rights holder. Should the researcher use or reproduce special collections material when submitting or publishing his or her own writing or research, the author should credit Florida Atlantic University Libraries Special Collections. If research at FAU Special Collections results in publication, we would appreciate citation information that would allow us to reference that work to future researchers. Also, If the researcher desires to reuse material for commercial use, please contact Special Collections.


6.50 Linear Feet

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Processing Information

In 2013, Rick S. Cullen, Teresa Van Dyke, and Victoria Thur processed this collection.

Charna Larkin World's Fair Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Florida Atlantic University Libraries Repository

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