The Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition, also known as Omaha World’s Fair, was held in Omaha, Nebraska, from June to November 1898. The Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition was initiated by the Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress, which aimed to encourage the commercial interests of states and territories west of the Mississippi River. The Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress designed the Expo to highlight products, resources, and industries west of the Mississippi River.
Omaha was chosen to host the Expo, and the United States government allocated $200,000 for construction and resources. The equivalence in today’s value would be over $6,000,000. The Expo was visited by more than 2.6 million visitors and helped shine a light on Omaha as a growing city and westward commercial expansion. The Expo also featured over 500 Indian delegates from over thirty-five different tribes who were present at the Fair.
The Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition Records are divided up by general correspondence, personal records, financial documents, directors reports, and guest registers. What has been digitized and made available for the public by History Nebraska is Correspondence, 1896-1898; Administrative Records, 1897-1898; Directors Reports, 1897-1898; and Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws, 1896-1902.
Keep an eye out in our Digital Collections Portal for another fascinating part of this collection that is still being digitized: the guest registry. The registry includes the date of visit, the name, and the address of those who attended the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition.