Worlds Fair Records, 1984

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Alternate Title
Louisiana World Exposition, 1984 (Alternative Title)
1984 (Date created)
Scope and Content Note

Documents the Louisiana World Exposition through a collection of materials produced directly from it as well as those from  the Folklife Commission, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, and the Louisiana Folklife Festival Pavilion. These include financial materials, correspondence, schedules, signage, feasibility studies, NEA grant materials, outlines, proposals, draft resolutions, press releases and newspaper clippings; also included is a five minute promotional slide presentation produced by the LWE and recorded onto a U-MATIC video tape and 42 cassette tapes containing recordings from performances and interviews at the exposition.

Administrative/Biographical History Element

Opening in May of 1984 and running until November of that year, the Louisiana World Exposition was located on 81.4 acres of the riverfront and Warehouse District of New Orleans. The theme for the exposition was "The World of Rivers - Fresh Water as a Source of Life". Although 7.3 million people attended, the Exposition was considered by many to be a financial failure due to lack of attendance.

Located in the Federal Fibre Mills building, the Louisiana Folklife Festival Pavilion featured demonstrations and performances by Louisianan artists and craftspeople as well as cultural heritage exhibits. Blacksmiths, woodworkers, and weavers performed their work in a small brick building of the courtyard known as “La Fabrique”. The courtyard also featured construction of a pirogue and a Creole Skiff. The main stage of the LFFP, Club La Bas, featured daily music and films by local artists during the Exposition.

System of Arrangement

Materials may be found in the following series within the Louisana Folklife Program Project Files:

  • Series XI. Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, 1979-1985,1995/96
  • Series XIX. Louisiana Folklife Festival Pavilion (LFFP)/Louisiana World Exposition (LWE) 1984, 1982-1984,
  • Series XXV. Videotapes and Films, 1982-1996
  • Series XXIV. Oral History

General Note

Collection is available for review at LSU Libraries Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library, Baton Rouge, La.

1 (Linear Foot)
42 (cassette tapes)
English (Languages)
Other Subject Headings
International Expositions (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Louisiana World Exposition (1984 : New Orleans, La.) (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Temporal Coverage
Geographic Coverage
Louisiana (Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names)
Preferred Citation
Louisiana Folklife Program Project Files, Mss. 4730, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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