The original research I executed on this previously unstudied collection of seventy-five etchings, was published in a book of essays, a journal, and was presented at two conferences.
While working at the 1940 edition of the Golden Gate International Exposition held on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley artist and etcher Elizabeth Ginno created some seventy-five etchings depicting men, women and children of various cultures in traditional dress. Ginno, as a woman working in the arts during the interwar years, focuses her work on unique international cultural exchange. Ginno’s early theatrical costuming experience combined with her artistic training allowed her to utilize modern art techniques to record traditional costume present at the 1940 Exposition.
This research explored the nature of the artwork, the artist who created them and their connection to the San Francisco Bay Area at large. While these images may appear to be mere depictions of “foreign visitors,” they actually reveal the growing concern held by Ginno and the Bay Area at large over the presumed loss of the world’s traditional cultures--due in large part to Hitler’s growing occupation of Western Europe.
 
“Foreign Treasures: Elizabeth Ginno’s Costume Etchings at the 1940 Exposition on Treasure Island” in Essays on Women's Artistic and Cultural Contributions 1919-1939: Expanded Social Roles for the New Woman Following the First World War . Paula J. Birnbaum and Anna Novakov (Eds), Edwin Mellen Press, May 30, 2009.
“Foreign Treasures: Elizabeth Ginno’s Costume Etchings at the 1940 Exposition on Treasure Island.” International Journal of Regional and Local Studies, Series 2, Volume 3, Number 2, Autumn 2007 (released April 2008).
 
Foreign Treasures: Elizabeth Ginno’s Costume Etchings from the 1940 Exposition on Treasure Island. Working Girls Conference at Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, CA, October 2007.
Foreign Treasures: Elizabeth Ginno’s Costume Etchings from the 1940 Exposition on Treasure Island. 33rd Annual National Symposium of the Costume Society of America in San Diego, CA, May 2007.