1982 Knoxville International Energy Exposition Collection
The 1982 Knoxville International Energy Exposition Collection consists of five series, occupying two boxes. The collection contains correspondence and other documents from the various organizations that were instrumental in bringing the World's Fair to Knoxville in 1982. These organizations include: The Greater Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, KIEE (Knoxville International Energy Exposition), and the Downtown Knoxville Association. Correspondence relating to the World's Fair from Lamar Alexander, Jake Butcher, Frank Deller, Victor Ashe, and Randy Tyree can also be found in this collection. Forty color slides of the World's Fair and KIEE office photos are included. There are also numerous feasibility studies, environmental impact statements, downtown revitalization plans, financial statements, and projections of fair attendance included in this collection.
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The 1982 Knoxville International Energy Exposition Collection consists of five series, occupying two boxes. The collection material contains correspondence and other documents from the numerous organizations that were instrumental in bringing the World's Fair to Knoxville in 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.
Collection consists of five series:
- Series I: Spokane Expo '74 and Early Knoxville Expo '82 Related Materials
- Series II: Marketing Proposals for Expo '82
- Series III: Expo Related Correspondence
- Series IV: KIEE (Knoxville International Energy Exposition), Greater Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Knoxville Association - Related Materials
- Series V: Expo '82 / 1982 World's Fair Related Materials
Collection is property of Special Collections.