The Frontier in American Culture is a national traveling exhibition organized by the American Library Association in cooperation with the Newberry Library and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. UW history professor Richard White curated the exhibit.

The exhibit is touring through 1998 to sixty-six sites across the nation. It was shown at the University of Washington's Allen Library in Seattle from December 27, 1996 to February 6, 1997.

The University of Washington Libraries also mounted a companion exhibit, Northwest of the West: The Frontier Experience on the Northwest Coast. A shortened electronic version of this exhibit is available here; this site will be maintained through 1998.

Additional information about the exhibit can be found in:

Marketing the Frontier concept:

Try these Web sites for some examples of how the images and concepts surrounding the idea of the American frontier, are being used to sell American goods and services.


"The Frontier in American Culture" is a traveling exhibition for libraries organized by the American Library Association and the Newberry Library, Chicago. It is supported by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding at the University of Washington has been provided by the University Libraries, The Kenneth S. Allen Library Endowment Fund, Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest, and the College of Education.

Copyrighted by the University of Washington Libraries. Material at this site may be used online or downloaded for personal use, or the URL for the exhibition may be included in another electronic document.