Contents and Arrangement

Circus Periodicals, Broadsides, and Other Ephemera, circa 1870-1970

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of broadsides, programs, posters, periodicals, clippings, scrapbooks and scrapbook pages, a photograph, engravings, and a blueprint, spanning the years 1870-1963, with the majority of materials from 1944. A small amount of the broadsides and posters are in Spanish, along with a German periodical. One of the scrapbooks is associated with the Schoene family. Some of the periodicals and newspapers in this addition include issues of Illustrated Circus Life, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and Sawdust and Spangles. Some of the circuses and performance groups represented in the publicity materials (broadsides, posters, programs, etc.) include Welch's National Circus and Theatre, Rose Kilian Great Southern Shows, Lewis Bros. 3 Ring Circus, and Spalding and Rogers' Circus.

There are racist textual and graphic depictions of African people in an October 1944 periodical from The American Weekly.


Arranged by genre of material.

Collection History

Processing Information

Finding aid updated by Amy C. Vo in November 2021.

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.

Credit this material:

Circus Periodicals, Broadsides, and Other Ephemera; Princeton University Library Collection of Circus Miscellany, TC118, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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