Rare Books Related Questions

Can The Field Museum provide appraisals of objects?

The Field Museum cannot appraise, evaluate or provide guidance regarding the sale of artifacts, specimens, photographs, printed works or original documents. 

Please refer to the websites of the following organizations. While they do not provide appraisals, they do maintain directories of  members and their appraisal specialties:

Appraisers Association of America

American Society of Appraisers

International Society of Appraisers

Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America


I have an object or photograph from the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, can the Library/Archives help me identify it?

The Field Museum Library does not maintain a significant collection of materials regarding the collectibles from the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. The following bibliographies and collectible guides listed below are a good starting point for your research. Clicking on the titles below will show you a list of libraries that own each title. These titles are also available in the Field Museum's research Library if you are able to visit. Please see this web page if you are interested in making an appointment to visit the Library.

Bertuca, David J., Donald K. Hartman, and Susan M. Neumeister. 1996. The World's Columbian Exposition: a centennial bibliographic guide. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press.

Rossen, Howard M., and John M. Kaduck. 1976.Columbian World's Fair collectibles, Chicago (1892-1893). Des Moines: Wallace-Homestead Book Co.

Dybwad, G. L., and Joy V. Bliss. 1992. Annotated bibliography, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago 1893: with illustrations and price guide. Albuquerque, N.M.: The Book Stops Here.

Dybwad, G. L., and Joy V. Bliss. 1999. Annotated bibliography World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893: supplement. Albuquerque, N.M.: The Book Stops Here.

The Field Museum Librarian also maintains a growing list of reference resources about the fair on WorldCat Local. Search it here, World's Columbian Exposition (1893) Resources.