Guide to the Joseph Andrew Rowe Papers, 1857-1861

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Guide to the Joseph Andrew Rowe Papers, 1857-1861



California State Library

Sacramento, California

Contact Information:

  • California History Room
  • California State Library
  • Library and Courts Building II
  • 900 N. Street, Room 200
  • P.O. Box 942837
  • Sacramento, California 94237-0001
  • Phone: (916) 654-0176
  • Fax: (916) 654-8777
  • Email: cslcal@library.ca.gov
  • URL: http://www.library.ca.gov/
Processed by:
The California State Library staff
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1999 California State Library. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Joseph Andrew Rowe Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1857-1861
Box Number: 293
Creator: Rowe, Joseph Andrew, 1819-1887
Extent: 1 box
Repository: California State Library
Sacramento, California
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Joseph Andrew Rowe Papers, California State Library.

Access Points

Rowe, Joseph Andrew, 1819-1887
Circus owners--California
Circus--California--San Francisco

Contents

Correspondence, bills and other papers of Rowe and his associates.

Biography

Joseph A. Rowe was born in North Carolina in 1819 and joined a circus company in 1829 as a child performer. In 1837, he became independent, engaging in various circus activities, and touring the east coast and South America. In 1849 he came to San Francisco and gave the first circus entertainment. In 1851, he went to Australia, returning a rich man in 1854. In 1854, he purchased the Rancho Sant Anita near Los Angeles, living there for several years. In 1856, he assembled a new company, the Pioneer Circus; however, a combination of hard times and stiff competition drove the company into bankruptcy in 1857. At this point, a business friend, John Center, purchased the circus and resold it to Rowe at a fair price. In 1860, Rowe again toured Australia, this time unsuccessfully. After 1867, he worked at various jobs, dying in obscurity in San Francisco, November 5, 1887.

Correspondents

Major Correspondents

  • Alexander, John
  • Center, David
  • Center, James
  • Center, John
  • Franklin, H. W.
  • Malloney, Henry C.
  • Rowe, John A.

Other Correspondents

  • Austin, Nat
  • Field, Stephen A.
  • Gillim, Francis
  • Hancock, Henry
  • Hutchings, John
  • Hutchings, Thomas
  • Johnson, Chas. B.
  • Johnson, Orrick
  • Kimbal, M.
  • Lee, H. C.
  • Peoples, George
  • Rhoades, Thos. W.
  • Stocker, J. T.
  • Sutton Joseph
  • Thorne, J. W.

Container List

Box 293

Correspondence arranged chronologically