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Arvill W. Bitting Collection on World Expositions and Fairs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 531

Scope and Contents

The Arvill W. Bitting Collection on World Expositions and Fairs includes promotional materials, publications, and notes related to World Fairs. The books in this collection include both contemporary accounts and official reports as well as guides published for the Expositions themselves. The majority of material is on the 1933 Century of Progress World Fair held in Chicago, where Bitting worked as director of food exhibits. Other materials of note includes articles and photos from the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939 and a thirty-volume artbook from the Chicago World's Fair in 1893.


  • 1876 - 1948


Languages of Materials

This collection is in English.

Access Information

This collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright restrictions may apply. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Arvill Wayne Bitting was born in 1870 in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University in 1891 with a B.S. in Agriculture. Subsequently he received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State College (1895) and an M.D. from the Medical College of Indiana University (1900). He worked as a food technologist with the U.S. Bureau of Chemistry and with the Subsistence Division of the War Department during World War I. During his travels and professional career, Dr. Bitting became fascinated by the various World Expositions and Fairs, and he began collecting books and materials documenting various Expositions. Bitting was also the director of food exhibits for Chicago's Century of Progress Exposition from 1931 to 1933 and the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1937.


3.00 Cubic Feet (Three full-width letter size manuscript boxes, one half-width letter size manuscript box, and three flat boxes)


This collection is arranged chronologically by fair.

Acquisition Information

The exact date and source of acquisition are unknown.

Related Materials

Arvill W. Bitting book collection on World Expositions and Fairs

UA 161, World's Fair Purdue Alumni Registers collection, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

Processing Information

This collection was organized by topic and rehoused in archival boxes and folders.
Arvill W. Bitting Collection on World Expositions and Fairs
Under Review
Sarah Kenny
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Edition statement
Second edition.

Revision Statements

  • 2019-02-22: Collection rehoused in archival folders and boxes and organized by fair. Materials that Bitting collected on glass making from the US patent office were added to his personal papers by Sarah Kenny.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States