Notes and Resources

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The following articles, essays, books, films, and websites, though not all directly quoted in the text of this site, were instrumental in shaping its arguments and ideas.

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For more information on American architecture of the early twentieth century, please see Building the Chrysler Building: the Social Construction of the Skyscraper by Emily Zimmerman, http://xroads.virginia.edu/g/1930s/DISPLAY/chrysler/front.html.

For more information on the Hoover Dam and megastructure projects of the New Deal era, please see The Hoover Dam: Lonely Lands Made Fruitful by Janet Haven, http://xroads.virginia.edu/g/1930s/DISPLAY/hoover/front.html.

For more information on The City and government-financed documentary films, please see Reaping the Golden Harvest: Pare Lorentz, Poet and Filmmaker by Kathleen Hogan, http://xroads.virginia.edu/g/1930s/FILM/lorentz/front.html.

For more information on world's fairs and the 1893 Chicago World's Fair specifically, please see The World's Columbian Exposition: Idea, Experience, Aftermath by Julie Rose, http://xroads.virginia.edu/~MA96/WCE/title.html. (Copyright 1996, 1997).

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Other sites on the 1939-40 New York World's Fair include:

Alcos, Ricardo.  Proposal and Objective.   http://www.vdot.net/~thkr/proposal.html.   (proposal to rebuild the Trylon and Perisphere in an attempt to boost tourism on Long Island)

Anderson, Alan.  NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1939-1940.   http://websyte.com/alan/nywf.htm.   (one of the best sites available on the fair)

Hart, Jeffrey.  The Great World's Fair: The Planners' Failurehttp://www.pff.org/pff/pff10.html.   (an article published on The Progress and Freedom Foundation's website)

Hart, Jeffrey.  Greatness in Flushing Meadowshttp://www.townhall.com:80/nationalreview/21july95/hart.htm (Hart's review of Gelernter's text in National Review)

The Library of Congress.  Gottscho-Schleisner Collectionhttp://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/gschtml/gotthome.html.  (Features photographs of architecture and interior design in twentieth century America by Samuel Gottscho and William Schleisner.  Part of the the Library's American Memory project.)

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Texts and other sites of note:

Bird, Lance and Tom Johnson, directors.  The World of Tomorrow, a film, written by John Crowley.  (New York: Media Study, 1986).

Cohen, Barbara, Steven Heller and Seymour Chwas.   Trylon and perisphere : the 1939 New York World's Fair.  (New York : Abrams, 1989).

Cooney, Terry A. Balancing Acts: American thought and Culture in the 1930s.  (New York: Twayne Publishers, 1995).

Corn, Joseph and Brian Horrigan.  Yesterday's Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future.  (New York: Summit Books, 1984).

Doctorow, E. L.  World's Fair. (New York : Random House, c1985).

e-Bay internet auction website.  http://cayman.ebay.com/aw/index.html.

Franklin, H. Bruce.  "America as Science Fiction: 1939,"  an essay in Coordinates: Placing Science Fiction and Fantasy, ed. George E. Slusser, Eric S. Rabkin, Robert Scholes.  (Carbondale and Edwardsville, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1983).

Fjellman, Stephen M.  Vinyl Leaves : Walt Disney World and America.  (Boulder: Westview Press, 1992).

Gelernter, David.  1939, The Lost World of the Fair.  (New York: Avon Books, 1995).

Harrison, Helen A., guest curator, essays by Joseph P. Cusker, et al.  Dawn of a New Day: the New York World's Fair, 1939/40.   (New York: Queens Museum : New York University Press, 1980).

Hart, Jeffrey.  "Yesterday's America of Tomorrow."  Commentary, Volume 80, July 1985, pp. 62-65.   (published by the American Jewish Committee).

Meikle, Jeffrey L.  Twentieth Century Limited : Industrial Design in America,
1925-1939
. (Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1979).

The Museum of the City of New York. http://www.mcny.org/.   (Typically has archival photographs and drawings of the fair.) 

Rankin, Rebecca B., ed.  New York Advancing: World's Fair Edition.  (New York:  Municipal Reference Library and The Publishers Printing Company, 1939).

Remembering the Future: The New York World's Fair from 1939 to 1964.  Catalog book for The Queens Museum.  (New York: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 1989). 

Robertson, Michael.  "Cultural Hegemony Goes to the Fair: The Case of E.L. Doctorow's World's Fair."  American Studies, Volume 33, no. 1, Spring 1992, pp. 31-45.  (Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas).

Rossen, Howard M. World's Fair Collectibles.  (Atglen, PA: Schiffler Publishing Ltd., 1998).

Rydell, Robert W.  Exhibition review of "Selling the World of Tomorrow: New York's 1939 World's Fair," a 1990 exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York.  The Journal of American History, v. 77, Dec. 1990, pp. 966-20.  (Bloomington, IN: Organization of American Historians).

Scenes of the New York World's Fair for 1940, from World's Fair Archival Video, Volume One.  (Corrales, NM: New Deal Films, Inc., 1991).

Susman, Warren I.  Culture as History: The Transformation of American Society in the Twentieth Century.  (New York: Pantheon Books, 1984).

Wilson, Richard Guy with Dianne H. Pilgrim and Dickran Tashjian.  The Machine Age in America, 1918-1941.   (New York: Brooklyn Museum in association with Abrams, 1986).

Wurts, Richard and Stanley Applebaum, et. al.   The New York World's Fair 1939/1940 in 155 photographs by Richard Wurts and Others.  (New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1977).

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