Circus Collection

Title: Circus Collection

Call Number: Mss-1980

Bulk: 2.1 cu. ft. total

Inclusive Dates: 1963 – ongoing

Location: WC, Sh. 105; MV F25; MV F32; OS LG “C”

Historical Note:

Wisconsin has a long and rich circus tradition. Since 1847, Wisconsin has been critical in the formation of many legendary circuses: P.T. Barnum’s Great Traveling Exhibition and World’s Fair On Wheels, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey circuses. This tradition continued with the 1959 opening of the Circus World Museum in Baraboo on the grounds of the old Ringling barn in which bareback riders had rehearsed a half century earlier and with the annual Circus parade which has graced the streets of Milwaukee since 1963.

This pamphlet collection includes material from the circus parades (1963-1973, 1980, 1984-1987, 1990) as well as some information regarding circuses in general, i.e., circus art, circus articles of historical interest. Lastly, this collection also includes significant amounts of material from the Circus World Museum.

Administrative Note:

The collection was processed on June 29, 1993 by Jeewon Schally. It was revised and had material added on June 21, 1996, and was processed by Steve Daily. The collection had more material added on August 24, 1999, & Feb. 22, 2001 & July 2005 and was processed by Kevin Abing.

Contents Box # Folder #
Circus Parade 1963 1 1
Circus Parade 1964 1 2
Circus Parade 1965 1 3
Circus Parade 1966 1 4
Circus Parade 1967 1 5
Circus Parade 1968 1 6
Circus Parade 1969 1 7
Circus Parade 1970 1 8
Circus Parade 1971 1 9
Circus Parade 1972 1 10
Circus Parade 1973 1 11
Circus Parade 1980 1 12
Circus Parade 1984 1 13
Circus Parade 1985 1 14
Circus Parade 1986 1 15
Circus Parade 1987 1 16
Circus Parade 1988 1 16A
Circus Parade 1989 1 16B
Circus Parade 1990 1 17
Circus Parade 1991 1 17A
Circus World Museum – General 1 18A
Circus World Museum – General 1 18B
Circus World Museum – General 1 18C
Circus World Museum Newsletter (January 1985-January 1993) 1 19
Circus World Museum – Annual Reports (1974-1985) 1 20
Circus Art 2 21
Historical Articles 2 22
Miscellaneous 2 23
Sections of the Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Sentinel regarding the Circus Parade (See LO N25) 2 24
Circus Parade 1992 2 25
Circus Parade 1993 2 25A
Circus Parade 1994 2 26A
Circus Parade 1996 2 26B
Circus Parade 1999 2 27
Circus Parade 1998 2 28
Circus Parade 1999 2 29
Circus Parade 2002 2 30
Circus-Related Magazines 2 31
Ringling Family 2 32
Contents Location
Clowns and Characters by Leon Franks MV, F25
100 Years of Circus Posters by Jack Rennert, 1974 MV, F25
1970 Circus Parade Calendar – Jos. Schlitz Brewing Company OS LG “C”
Scrapbook – 1986 Circus Parade MV, F32

 


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