Guide to the Travelling circuses photograph album PA Mss 104

Finding aid prepared by Edward C. Fields and Zachary Liebhaber, 2014.
UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Collections
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-9010
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2014 June 4

Title: Travelling circuses photograph album
Identifier/Call Number: PA Mss 104
Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.92 linear feet (1 oversize box)
Date: 1960
Abstract: 228 original photographs (219 black-and-white and nine color) relating to traveling circuses at various locations in the United States during the 1960 season.
Physical Location: Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of Item], Travelling circuses photograph album, PA Mss 104. Department of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Library purchase, 2014.

Scope and Content

The collection includes 228 original photographs, (219 black-and-white and nine color), relating to traveling circuses at various locations in the United States during the 1960 season. There are different encampments: Hunt Brothers Circus at West Palm Beach, Florida; the A.L.G. Kelly and Miller Brothers Circus at Oakland, California; the Ringling Brothers-Barnum & Bailey Combined Circus at Green Bay, Wisconsin, Santa Monica California and Oakland, California; the Mexican circus Atayde Hermanos, and the United States circus Duke of Paducah at as yet undetermined locations. Photographs depict circus trains, tents, ringtops, trucks, wagons, floats, billboards, pictoral banners, animals (especially elephants and horses), and human performers in many different costumes.
The collection also includes documentary photographs most affixed with photo-corners to black-paper leaves. There are 60 distinct pieces of circus printed ephemera, including 40 circus route cards, and an array of fliers, handbills, illustrated letterheads with envelopes, a color lithograph of Clyde Beatty with tigers, and a Mexican broadside.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Beatty, Clyde, 1903-1965 -- Pictorial works
Circus--United States--Pictorial works
Photographs albums