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Arvill W. Bitting Collection on World Expositions and Fairs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 531
This collection was put together by Dr. Arvill Bitting, who graduated from Purdue University in 1891 (B.S. Agriculture). 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. 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.


3.00 Cubic Feet (3 full-width letter size manuscript boxes, 1 half-width letter size manuscript box, and 3 flat boxes.)

Biographical Information

Arvill Wayne Bitting was born in 1870 in Tippecanoe, Indiana. He graduated from Purdue Univresity in 1891 with a B.S. in Agriculture. Subsequently he received a Doctor of Vetrinary Medicine degree from Iowa State College (1895) and an MD from the Medical College of Indiana University (1900). While at Purdue University, Arvill Bitting was Editor-in-Chief of both the Exponent and the 1891 edition of The Debris. From 1893 to 1907 Arvill he was affiliated with the University's Agricultural Experiment Station. He left Purdue in 1907 to serve as food technologist with the U.S. Bureau of Chemistry. At the start of World War I, he worked with the Subsistence Division of the War Department. Bitting was also the director of food exhibits for Chicago's, Century of Progress world fair from 1931-1933, and the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1937. He received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Purdue in 1935. He died in 1946.


This collection has been arranged by fair in chronological order.

Acquisition Information

The exact date and source of acquisition are unknown.

Related Materials

Arvill W. Bitting book collection on World Expositions and Fairs

Processing Information

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

Revision Statements

  • 2018-11-16: Title and collection identifier updated from worfab0 to MSF 531 by Adriana Harmeyer.
  • 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