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MS Thr 690

Circus collection, 1889-1988: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 690
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Circus collection
Date(s): 1889-1988
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English, French, and German.
Abstract: A collection of circus-related photographs, manuscripts, and programs and other printed material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Various sources, various dates. If source is known, information is recorded with the item.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Circus Collection, 1889-1988 (MS 690). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

Incomplete set of printed copies of The circus scrapbook removed to Houghton Printed Books.


Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Includes photographs of circus performers and acts, circus programs, a route book, and circus-related manuscripts and other printed material. Includes material pertaining to: Barnum & Bailey, Bertram Mills Circus, Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows, and many others.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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