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John I. Monroe collection of exposition postcards

Identifier: Modern-MS-Monroe Exposition

Scope and Content of the Collection

Collection of over 9,800 exposition postcards and related ephemera dating from the 1876-1986.


  • Creation: 1876-1986



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The John I. Monroe collection of exposition postcards are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The John I. Monroe collection of exposition postcards are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections at

Biography of John I. Monroe

John Monroe is a postcard collector based in Washington D.C.


7 Linear Feet (14 boxes)


This collection includes over 9,800 postcards and related ephemera documenting International Expositions and World's Fairs beginning in the late 19th and continuing throughout the 20th century. Both American and European expositions are well represented in addition to smaller trade shows and local fairs.


Postcards are arranged by exposition or fair, in chronological order.


Postcards, previously stored in looseleaf binders, were assigned volume numbers. They were rehoused in boxes and are organized in the following boxes:

Vol. 1 – Vol. 7
Box 1
Vol. 8 – Vol. 12
Box 2
Vol. 13 – Vol. 17
Box 3
Vol. 18 – Vol. 22
Box 4
Vol. 23 – Vol. 27, no. 92
Box 5
Vol. 27, no. 93 – Vol. 31, no. 112
Box 6
Vol. 31, no. 113 – Vol. 36, no. 98
Box 7
Vol. 36, no. 99 – Vol. 42
Box 8
Vol. 43 – Vol. 49
Box 9
Vol. 50 – Vol. 56, no.85
Box 10
Vol. 56, no. 86 – Vol. 62
Box 11
Vol. 63 – Vol. 68
Box 12
Vol. 69 – Vol. 70
Box 13
Oversize postcards and other materials
Box 14

Collection Stack Location

2 33 Above cabinets 2-4


Gift, John I. Monroe, 2017.

Processed by

Katy Darr, 2018.

Inventory of the John I. Monroe collection of exposition postcards, 1876-1986
Katy Darr
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States