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SERIES Identifier: MS Thr 675

I. Beal collection of circus photographs and other material

Scope and Contents

Most of the following topical groupings were established by George Brinton Beal, but a few were created in the repository. This series includes: clippings, contracts, drawings, film stills, a few letters to Beal, galley proofs, interviews, blank letterheads, manuscripts by Beal,negatives, photographs by Beal and others, passes and tickets, photographic postcards, posters, printed material, programs, radio show transcripts, visiting cards, and other material.

The great majority of this material is from the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows, but also includes many other circuses.


  • 1831-1969

Language of Materials

Collection materials are primarily in English, with a few in German, Danish, and French.

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.


13 linear feet (31 boxes and 28 oversize folders)


Organized alphabetically by topic, with general subject folders and unidentified material at end of each sub-series.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository, pfd (P1.C2.04.17 [Folders 1-18]), ppf (P1.C2.04.18 [Folders 19-28])

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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