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Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research: 1992 Chicago World's Fair Planning

 Collection
Identifier: 8/2/15
The records of the Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research filling three boxes, document the CUAPR's involvement in the planning of the proposed 1992 Chicago World's Fair. Most of the records reflect Louis Masotti's involvement in the planning process. Records date from 1977 to 1985, with the bulk of the materials falling between 1984 and 1985. While many of the reports and most of the newspaper clippings collected by the CUAPR are not directly connected with the Center or with Dr. Masotti, they provide context for CUAPR involvement, as well as important information about the project as a whole.

Documents fall into the following categories: Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research and the World's Fair planning process, records relating directly to Louis Masotti and to the Economic Development Committee on which he served, the 1992 Chicago World's Fair Authority, and news clippings and articles. Materials are arranged chronologically within folders.

CUAPR and the World's Fair planning process include volumes I-VII of the World's Fair Forum, correspondence regarding environmental impact, a feasibility and benefit study, and a draft of the electric centralization research project.

Materials relating directly to Louis Masotti include general correspondence regarding the project, personal notes of interviews and ideas, a student paper on the economic development of the World's Fair, and notes on the symposium series and seminars.

The Economic Development Committee category includes financial plans, meeting minutes, and general notes and memos. Drafts and proposals of the economic impact and benefits, feasibility studies, and projections are also included.

The 1992 Chicago World's Fair Authority was instituted to coordinate planning and development of the World's Fair project entitled “Age of Discovery.” Records include newsletters, themes, programs, site configurations, and executive summaries of environmental assessment and concept plans.

News clippings and articles are arranged chronologically within folders ranging from 1981 to 1985. Included are clippings from the 1982 Knoxville and 1984 New Orleans World's Fairs, articles appearing in Inland Architect Magazine, Chicago Tribune World's Fair Series by R.C. Longworth, and a file labeled “RIP” containing clippings marking the death of the Chicago World's Fair project in June, 1985.

Dates

  • 1977-1985
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1984-1985

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact us at archives@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3136 to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

3.00 Boxes

Abstract

The records of the Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research filling three boxes, document the CUAPR's involvement in the planning of the proposed 1992 Chicago World's Fair. Most of the records reflect Louis Masotti's involvement in the planning process. Records date from 1977 to 1985, with the bulk of the materials falling between 1984 and 1985. While many of the reports and most of the newspaper clippings collected by the CUAPR are not directly connected with the Center or with Dr. Masotti, they provide context for CUAPR involvement, as well as important information about the project as a whole.

Method of Acquisition

These records were transferred to the University Archives by Bonnie Silver from the Institute for Policy Research on September 28, 2004 as Accession Number 04-141.

Related Materials

See Also: Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research Report, 1983-1986, pp. 39-40 (University Archives General Files). The holdings of the Chicago Historical Society include extensive documentation of the 1992 World’s Fair planning process.

Separated Materials

None.

Processing Information

Jacklyn Freitas; April 25, 2005.
Title
Guide to the Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research: 1992 Chicago World's Fair Planning
Author
Jacklyn Freitas
Date
01/04/2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Room 110
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Evanston IL 60208-2300 US
847-491-3354