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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Typ 1286

Charles Geer illustrations for Bianca Bradbury's Circus punk


Drawings for illustrations of the children's book, Circus Punk, by Charles Geer.


  • 1964


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Condition Description

Very good.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


.08 linear feet (1 folder)

18 ink drawings with penciled measurements and notes for production, the front cover color painting, and a first edition of the children's book by Bianca Bradbury (removed for separate cataloging). Many of the drawings portray circus animals, big cats in particular.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Hand Geer (1922-2008) was an American illustrator of children's books and author of two.

Bianca Bradbury (1908-1982) was an American author of children's books, verse, short stories, and articles.


Collection is minimally processed.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2020MH-4. Purchased with funds from the Philip Hofer Charitable Trust and the Beatrice, Benjamin and Richard Bader Fund in the Visual Arts of the Theatre, 2019 October.

Separated Materials

A first edition of Circus punk has been removed for separate cataloging; see HOLLIS.

Processing Information

Processed by Melanie Wisner, 2019 November.

Geer, Charles, illustrator. Charles Geer illustrations for Circus Punk, 1964 (MS Typ 1286): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University
2019 November 14
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Repository Details

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