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MS Thr 696

Circus playbills, programs, and other printed material, 1851-1918: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 696
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Circus playbills, programs, and other printed material,
Date(s): 1851-1918.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Collection of primarily American circus playbills and programs, but also includes other printed circus-related material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Source and date unknown.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to most of this material.
Item (40) is restricted due to fragility. Consult curator for access.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Circus Playbills, Programs, and Other Printed Material, 1851-1918 (MS Thr 696). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.


Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Contents

Collection includes: advertisements, articles, clippings, newsletters, pamphlets, playbills, programs, and songbooks. Circuses and shows represented include: Adam Forepaugh & Sells Bros. Circus, Barnum and Bailey, Barnum's American Museum, Bertram Mills Circus, Great Forepaugh Show, John Robinson Circus, P.T. Barnum (Firm), Ringling Brothers, Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows, Sig Sautelle's Circus, Sparks Circus, and many others.

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