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Knoxville World's Fair Press Kits

Identifier: MS-2974

  • Staff Only

This collection consists of two press kits documenting the 1982 World's Fair held in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The first press kit was produced by Sun Company, Inc., a principal corporate participant in the 1982 World's Fair. It features press releases, Sun Company's annual report for 1981, a copy of Sun Magazine, and a poster of the Sunsphere and the World's Fair site with information on different types of energy.

The second press kit documents the opening day of the Fair (May 1, 1982) and includes press releases, press passes, a copy of the day's Knoxville News Sentinel, the official dedication program, information on procedures for the press preview, the Text of Remarks by the President (from the White House Office of the Press Secretary), black and white photographs, an information guide entitled Places to Go, Things to Do in Knoxville, and a booklet called China: A Brief Summary.


  • 1982

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This collection consists of two press kits documenting the 1982 World's Fair held in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Knoxville International Energy Exposition (better known as the World's Fair) was held in Knoxville from May 1 to October 31, 1982. W. Stuart Evans was the original visionary behind the event, which he intended to attract business to central Knoxville and away from suburban shopping malls. This concept excited Mayor Kyle Testerman, and he appointed banker Jake Butcher to head a committee to investigate the feasibility of such an event. The Knoxville International Energy Exposition, Incorporated (KIEE) was formed in 1976 and Exposition bankers gradually acquired the 67 acre fair site near downtown Knoxville. The fair itself attracted about 11 million visitors, but did not achieve Evans' larger goal, as the event did not spur any major downtown redevelopment.


This collection consists of one folder.

Acquisition Note

Donated to Special Collections, September 4, 2006.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA