On May 1st, 1893, the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago opened its gates to an expectant public eager to experience firsthand its architectural beauty, technological marvels, and vast array of cultural treasures gathered from all over the world. Among the most popular of the fair’s attractions was the Woman’s Building, a monumental exhibit hall filled with the products of women’s labor — including more than 8,000 volumes of writing by women from the fifteenth through the nineteenth centuries. Right Here I See My Own Books examines the progress, content, and significance of this historic first effort to assemble a comprehensive library of women’s texts.
“Right Here I See My Own Books”: The Woman’s Building Library at the World’s Columbian Exposition was presented by Wayne Wiegand, F. Wm Summers Professor of Library & Information Sciences and professor of American Studies at The Florida State University.
Listen to the audio file of his talk.