Library of Congress: Step Right Up! Circus Posters for Your Viewing Pleasure. “Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, please direct your attention to the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, and join us in celebrating the recent digitizing of the Library’s circus posters! The Circus Poster Collection includes more than 450 items representing circus companies such as P.T. Barnum, Barnum and Bailey, Ringling Brothers, Sells Brothers, Hagenbeck, Forepaugh, and Robinson.”
Library of Congress: New Online: Circus Workers Folklife Project. “The American Folklife Center (AFC) is delighted to announce the online presentation of an important new oral history collection documenting the lives and careers of multigenerational circus workers in Hugo, Oklahoma. ‘The “Big Top” Show Goes On: An Oral History of Occupations Inside and Outside the Canvas Tent’ was created by librarians Tanya D. Finchum and Juliana Nykolaiszyn.”
The National Fairgrounds and Circus Archive has digitized its image collection and put it online (this link is to a Facebook post.) There are over 76,000 images available and cover everything from buildings and sideshow people to animals and rides. The images start in the 19th century, looks like, and keep going. I want to find time to browse this.
I usually don’t report on announcements from several months ago (in this case January) but this is so unusual I feel compelled. Thanks to Cyndi for the heads-up. From Illinois State University: Milner receives $268,000 grant to save circus history. “Milner Library’s Special Collections and its partners will receive $268,000 from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to digitize more than 300 circus route books, dating from 1842-1969. Only 400 circus route books are known to exist. Similar to yearbooks, route books contain information about people, positions, events, and the show’s season. “