This collection features a selection of rare books from the College Archives & Special Collections unit at Columbia College Chicago. These books have been digitized and made available online for download.
If interested in the 1893 Columbian Exposition, the Internet Archive has digitized a book to help orient Fair visitors to Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co. Bird's Eye Views and Guide to Chicago
To find for more rare and special collections books available for access through the College Archives & Special Collections, search the library catalog, or browse through the archival collections and special collections.
Allen D. Albert
A book of views of the 1933 Century of Progress, held in Chicago, IL. Forward by Rufus C. Dawes, President; text by Allen D. Albert, Honorary Secretary, the Architectural Commission; Photographs by Kaufmann & Fabry Co., official photographers.
John A. Sleicher
A books featuring half-tone prints of photography and some color illustrations from around the globe published in 1910. Text and images from various contributors.
Volume XXXIII, Number 12 of the periodical, The St. Louis and Canadian Photographer, of which the entire issue features stories about women photographers and women's photography. Mary Carnell, the President of the newly established Women's Federation of the Photographers' Association of America, introduced this edition.
F. W. Putnam
A book of photography from the 1893 World's Fair held in Chicago, IL. These images were collected of " individual types of various nations from all parts of the world who represented, in the department of ethnology, the manners, customs, dress, religions, music, and other distinctive traits and peculiarities of the race. Collected by Prof. F.W. Putnam, of Harvard University, Chief of the Department of Ethnology at the World's Columbian Exposition.
Edward L. Raymond
"Rare and elaborate collection of the most beautiful and noted examples of palaces, castles, cathedrals, paintings, lakes, and picturesque scenery on the face of the globe, interspersed with instantaneous photographs of street scenes in the world's great cities designed to take the place of an extended tour around the world. Description of the scenes have been prepared by an extensive corps of distinguished tourists, the whole produced under the personal supervision of the eminent traveler, Edward L. Raymond."
J. F. Martin
This edition features artistic half-tone illustrations of the buildings and grounds from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. It includes historical reviews of the states and nations participating in the Fair with maps. Additionally, this edition contains information about previous World's Fairs, Christopher Columbus, Native Americans, and the city of Chicago.