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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 696

Circus playbills, programs, and other printed material


Collection of primarily American circus playbills and programs, but also includes other printed circus-related material.


  • 1851-1918

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)
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.


Arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Source and date unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Link to catalog
Circus playbills, programs, and other printed material, 1851-1918: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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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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