- Collection Overview
- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
- Collection History
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P.T. Barnum, dates not examined
Collection Description & Creator Information
- Content Warning
This series contains harmful and offensive descriptions of people that may include racist, colonialist, ableist, and dehumanizing language. Some of the description is original to the donor and/or the creator, and in these instances of creator- and donor-supplied titles, description may be retained to convey contextual/historical information of the materials. Otherwise, descriptions derive from a typewritten inventory of the collection that may have been provided by the donor, or may have been created by an archivist.
Arranged by genre of material.
No appraisal information is available.
- Processing Information
This collection was processed by Melanie Papasian, Princeton Class of 2003 and Rachel Jordan in 2002 and 2004 . Finding aid written by Melanie Papasian, Princeton Class of 2003 and Rachel Jordan in 2002 and 2004.
The existence of harmful language was noted in collection- and series-level descriptive notes by Amy C. Vo and Phoebe Nobles in 2022 as an initial step for reparative description-related work.
In 2022, restrictions on glass-plate negatives were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.
Access & Use
- Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research use.
- Conditions Governing Use
Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.
- Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.
The glass-plate negatives require special handling in the reading room.
- Credit this material:
P.T. Barnum; McCaddon Collection of the Barnum and Bailey Circus, TC040, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Box 50
- Barnum and Bailey