Series 1: Circuses Subseries 1A: Barnum and Bailey Circus Box Folder Request Box 1 1 Typescript ms of article on behind the scenes business at Barnum & Bailey Circus [pre-dates merger with Ringling] not signed, undated 1 2 large Hallmark postcards depicting a herd of giraffes and "the Ugo Ancillotti Troupe of French Bicycle Experts", undated (reproductions) 1 Program, 1914 Season Providence RI; Fall River, New Bedford MA, June 11-13, 1914 1 Magazine, 'The Wizard Prince of Arabia", 1914 1 Magazine, "Persia: or the Pageants of the 1001 Nights", 1916 1 Official route, 1916 season, June-July 1916 1 Menus, 1916 28 June [dinner] Lynn MA 30 June [dinner] Waterville, ME 1 July [lunch] Bangor, ME 3 July [lunch] Lewiston, ME 3 July [ dinner] Lewiston, ME 4 July-Independence Day Banquet: Biddleford ME Subseries 1B: Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus includes items from various periods, along with various mergers and break-ups. Box Folder Request Box 1 2 Breakfast ticket, undated 2 Sticker with Hagenbeck-Wallace logo 2 Letterhead and envelope 2 Program: 1918 Stage Women's War Relief Benefit, September 20-October 6, 1918 2 Route cards: 22
th week of 1926 season, [September-October 9 ] (two cards) 2 Hagenbeck-Wallace-Forepaugh-Sells Bros: Magazine and Daily Review, 1935 Season, 1935 2 Wallace Bros. Route Card-1941 season, April 12-26, 1941 Subseries 1C: Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus Box Folder Request Box 1 3 1917-1926 Water color drawing of Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey horse drawn, Steam powered calliope, ca 1917 (Amateur, on heavy cardstock circa 4 x 8) Magazine, "The Magnificent Fairyland Spectacle: Cinderella" includes "Libretto of the pageant; programs of the arena; magazine of marvels; guide to the menagerie" Magazine and Daily Review, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1925 Program, new Bedford MA, 15 June 4 1932-1955 Magazine and Daily Review, Golden Jubilee Issue, 1932 1933 1934 Christmas card, signed by Frank A Cook, 1934 Magazine and Daily Review, 1935 1936 Postcards: Souvenir folder of Mr and Mrs Gargantua the Great, 1941 Magazine and Daily Review, 1941 1955 5 Photographs All are 'back-stage' shots of performers and support staff, etc. Some shots of Animals, mostly elephants; one of a roster B/w ca 1920's-30's. Some identified on reverse. Many are postcard format. Many appear to have been taken by G. A. Hough Subseries 1D: John Robinson's Circus Box Folder Request Box 1 6 Contract synopsis for: Greenville SC, 16 September, Highpoint, NC 24 September Contains info gathered by agent pertaining to lot locations, supply sources, etc. Per town. At bottom are printed notes of various importance to arrival, set-up. On reverse are maps of lot locations for each city. 6 Route cards for weeks 21 through the end of season, [mailed to G.A. Hough, Sr.] 6 Envelope with circus letterhead 6 Envelope with picture of Robinson surrounded by circus acts and animals 6 Small sticker with circus logo [advertisement sticker?] 6 Tickets [used to compensate those who allowed ad lithographs to be posted by agents on their property] 6 Tickets [for the annex, 25 cents] 6 Press release for 107
th season, form letter format Subseries 1E: Sells Bros./Sells-Floto Circus Box Folder Request Box 1 7 Letterhead 7 Two large hallmark postcards, depicting: "Roman Standing Race" and "Camel Races", nd (reproductions of circus posters) 7 Magazine, 1919 mostly stories on the various animals of the show 7 Official program, 1924 season 7 Magazine, program of shows, 1932 (some pages missing) Subseries 1F: Sparks Circus Box Folder Request Box 1 8 Photographs most dated 1922 on original plate and are numbered and bear "sparks shows", postcard format. Two autographed, two not postcard, dated-described on back and marked for the New Bedford Sunday Standard Gravure Section. Subjects are mostly performers and acts 8 Route booklet for 1923 season Includes listings of staff by department 8 Promotional booklet, undated Subseries 1G: Miscellaneous items Contains items pertaining to various circuses and groups Box Folder Request Box 1 9 Souvenir booklet for The Royal English Circus and German Water Carnival, undated 9 Magazine: "California Frank's All-Star Wild West,", early 1900s 9 "Circus Magazine, Wild West and Animal Review", 1934 Includes articles, mostly promotionals, and information for the following: Seils Sterling Circus Barnett Bros. Dodson's Shows Lewis Bros Golden Rule Shows Rice Bros. Circus Vanderburg Bros. Shows Fisher Bros. Show Barker Shows Miller Bros Expo and Wild West Engford Family Show Conroy Bros Show Fowler Bros Circus F H Bee Shows World Bros Almond & Conley Circus Isler Greater Shows Sea Bros. Circus Kaus United Shows Olinger Bros Circus Gibson's Blue Ribbon Shows Kay Bros Circus 9 Promotional booklet, Gentry Bros Circus, nd 9 Chevrolet Dealer promotional flyer-on Downie Bros Circus Motorization using Chevrolet trucks, ca 1935 9 Publicity handbill: Will Rogers, signed on original plate, advertisements for Atlanta, GA businesses on back, undated 10 Cash envelopes [no circus identified], nd 10 Christmas Greeting card, signed by Harry Bert 10 Pay order made out by treasurer of Alleghanians Vocalist and Swiss Bell Ringers, 24 January 1872 For room rent. 10 Postcard: exterior of Ripley's "Believe it or Not Odditorium," New York, NY Postmarked, 1939 10 Postcard: "Murphy's Carousa[l], Savin Rock, Connecticut, ca 1910 10 Courier lithograph: portrait of Fanny Davenport. [cover of sourvenir booklet?] 11 Small handbill-The Harris Road Show 11 Personal invitation for a Jenny Lind concert 11 Autograph, C. Carr [?], circa 1846? 11 Autograph, Dan Rice , undated 11 Autograph, Effa Majette 11 "Descriptive List of Bernard's Circus Specialties": Chas. Bernard, Riverside, Savannah, Ga., 1937 11 UPI wire dated June 11 [ny]-11 year old bit by baboon at Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros Circus 11 Written matter-quotes from individuals, No ascertainable connection to writer, Quotee, subject 11 Handbill-Sims Greater Shows, Prescott Ontario, August 5, 1933 11 Handbill-C.F. Zeiger United Shows, Corpus Christi TX, 2 November 1931 11 Handbill-Van Ault's Arcade [Cetlin and Wilson Shows], Winter Quarters, 13 December 1939 11 Handbill-Doc El Vino Family Wonder Show, nd 11 Letterhead-Lee Bros. Show 11 Letterhead-Billy Fee Wild Animal Shows 11 Letterhead-A.G. Barnes Circus 11 Booklet: "The Elephant's Love or Zenobia's Infidelity; presented with the Compliments of C. I. Hood & Co., proprietors of Hoods Sarsaparilla, Lowell, Mass.", Ca late 19th century ? 11 Story with ads and promotional testimonies for the product-no place 11 Booklet: "Thrilling Stories about Snakes and Snake Charmers: Illustrated, no Date nor place 11 Stocklist-U. S. Tent and Awning Co., 1920 season. "New and Second Hand Tents and Paraphenalia"
Series 2: Performers Subseries 2A: Buffalo Bill Box Folder Request Box 2 1 Greeting card from Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, no date (Full color on Cardstock, 8 x 12) 1 Collection of newspaper clippings (photocopies from originals) Covers period from late 1890's to his death In 1917 & includes AP release, dated 14 September 1914, to be released in the Event of his death Subseries 2B Mr and Mrs. Tom Thumb [Mr. And Mrs. Charles Stratton] Box Folder Request Box 2 2 Two carte de visite photographs, no date (The Thumbs and Their Child; Mrs. Thumb) 2 Currier and Ives lithograph depicting the Thumbs marriage, 10 February 1863 (color, 7 x 9 original) 2 Matted photo of the Thumbs, no date Subseries 2C: Minnie Larned – Photographs and letters Box Folder Request Box 2 3 Cabinet photograph of Ms. Larned. Mills, Wheaton, IL, no date 3 Letters, circa 1881-1893 Most are related to early life and provide no information on career in the circus. Subseries 2D Miscellaneous Photographs Box Folder Request Box 2 5 Identified "Prince Mungo" (2 in costume, one out) Carte de visite: "Commodore Nutt & Miss Minnie Warren", ca 1868 Carte de visite: " Leopold Kahn "Admiral Dot" (identified on reverse) Cabinet photo : Modjeska, ca 1889 Florence Harris Mardo, equestrienne. Autographed to Max Haugh Kukla Fran and Ollie Burr. Autographed to Mischa de la Motte Fran Burr & ?. autographed to Larry Violet & Daisy Hilton, signed on original plate Scene shot from a production of "Annie Get Your Gun" Scene shot from a production of "Fixer Dugan", RKO 1939, press release Bob Baker's Marionettes, dated on obverse, press release?, 16 June 1952 6 Unidentified A collection of unidentified pictures. Subjects include performances, Performers, animals, trainers, parades etc.
Series 7: Oversized items Box Folder Request Box 3 1 Miscell. Newsletters and clippings Pine Ridge News, nd "Chatter from around the Whitetops". Two issues, v. 1 # 7-8, November-December 1927 Published by the circus Fans Association. Large format articles on "The Great Wallendas" tragedy,
Life ?, nd, 1963 2 Sheet Music "The Merry Go Round Rag". Ralph Larsh. Chicago: Ralph Larsh, 1918 (Sketch of merry go round on cover., 6 pp) "Oh! You Circus Day." Edith Maida Lessing and Jimmie V. Monaco. Chicago: Will Rossiter, 1912 (On cover-portrait of Maud Lambert) "Circus Galop." Wm Groscurth. Boston: Oliver Ditsen Co., 1888 (On cover-equestrienne act.) 3 Barnum & Bailey Two large promotional newspapers. Both for performances in New Bedford, MA, nd (One damaged by rodents.) Official route, 1916 season (large tri-fold format) 4 Cole Bros.-Clyde Beatty Three page advertisement from the "Circuses" section of
The Billboard, 4 May 1935 5 Forepaugh-Sells Promotional newspaper for 7 June 1904 performance in New Bedford, MA 6 Ringling Bros. Promotional newspaper for New Bedford MA show, June 18, ny Main subj is "Joan of Arc, New Spectacle". Also includes interesting Disclaimer on last page refuting charges of being a trust Red Wagon Annual, "A Circus Yearbook", 1899 Includes history of the Show, managers and staff for the year. Various articles on animals, many Photographs and drawings. Also includes a city by city diary of notable Events while en route. 7 John Robinson's Circus A collection of daily report sheets for cars 2 and 3. Covers various months Within the season-no year noted, however. Forms indicate various Expenditures and accounts of lithograph postings for each stop en route, etc.