Knoxville World's Fair Collection
A collection of material from the World's Fair that took place in Knoxville, Tennessee, from May through October 1982. Included are photographs of site construction as well as fair events, programs, pamphlets, artwork, and souvenirs.
This collection is in English.
Conditions Governing Access
Manuscript and University Archives collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.
Conditions Governing Use
The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.
0.75 Linear Feet (1 half box, 1 small object box, 1 flat box)
A collection of material from the World's Fair that took place in Knoxville, Tennessee, from May through October 1982.
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.