Guide to the Toole-Stott Circus Collection, ca. 1886-1970

Project archivist: David Tambo; machine-readable finding aid created by David Seubert
Department of Special Collections
Davidson Library
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Phone: (805) 893-3062
Fax: (805) 893-5749
Email: special@library.ucsb.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/speccoll/speccoll.html
© 1999
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Toole-Stott Circus Collection, ca. 1886-1970

Collection number: PA Mss 14

Department of Special Collections



Davidson Library

University of California, Santa Barbara

Contact Information:

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Davidson Library
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: (805) 893-3062
  • Fax: (805) 893-5749
  • Email: special@library.ucsb.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/speccoll/speccoll.html
Project Archivist:
David Tambo
Date Completed:
April 23, 1998
Encoded by:
David Seubert
© 1999 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Toole-Stott Circus Collection,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1886-1970
Collection number: PA Mss 14
Creator: Toole-Stott, Raymond, 1910-1982
Extent: 42 boxes (26 lf)
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Abstract: Collection of author Raymond Toole-Stott, author of Circus and Allied Arts: A World Bibliography. Collection includes correspondence, monographs, book drafts, printed ephemera and scrapbooks relating to the circus.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Provenance

Library Purchase, 1972.

Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

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], Toole-Stott Circus Collection, PA Mss 14, Department of Special Collections, University Libraries, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Biography

This collection was assembled by Raymond Toole-Stott (1910-1982), British author, journalist and compiler of the multi-volume Circus and Allied Arts: A World Bibliography, as well as other writings on the circus, conjuring, and Somerset Maugham. Toole-Stott also worked as a free-lance journalist for twenty years, eight of which he spent as the Chief Feature writer to Bertram Mills Circus at Olympia. During a few seasons in the 1930s, he managed a circus on his own.
Among his other credits, Toole-Stott was the founder and original editor of the Sawdust Review, a precursor to the British circus journal King Pole. Recognized as the pre-eminent historian/bibliographer on the circus, he spent the later part of his life collecting numerous books related to the circus, while compiling and writing his four-volume bibliography. Toole-Stott's accomplishments as a scholar and circus aficionado are particularly notable, considering that he worked full time in the Treasury Solicitor's office as a civil servant. Prior to his death in 1982, he had started to write the fifth volume in Circus and Allied Arts series, which has since been published posthumously.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of a manuscript component and a larger book collection of several hundred volumes, both of which are housed in Special Collections.
The manuscript holdings have been partially arranged and described. The following is a preliminary box level inventory of the collection.

Container List

Box 1

Personal/Biographical

Box 2-3

Correspondence (includes other research material and working papers)

 

Writings

 

Circus and Allied Arts (includes typescripts, proofs and reviews)

Box 4

Vols. 1-3; unsorted

Box 5

Vol. 4

Box 6-7

Vol. 5

Box 8

Vols. 1-4 (bound carbon copies)

Box 9

Galley proofs (unsorted)

Box 10

Page proofs and typescripts (unsorted)

Box 11

Manuscript writings by others

 

Printed materials

Box 12

L'Union des Historiens du Cirque (U.H.C.) Etudes (4 bound volumes containing ca. 75 articles and essays by various authors, generally inscribed)

Box 13-17

Children's books (uncataloged)

Box 18-20

Serials (uncataloged; includes single or scattered issues of late nineteenth and early twentieth century boys' magazines such as Beadle's Boy's Library, Beadle's Half Dime Library, Brave and Bold, Diamond Dick, Jr. - The Boys' Best Weekly, Fame & Fortune Weekly, The Five Cent Wide Aware Library, Pluck and Luck, and Sawdust Ring)

Box 21-26

Pamphlets, programs, leaflets and other printed ephemera

Box 27-28

Clippings

Box 29

Research Materials (including notebooks)

Box 30-31

Scrapbooks

 

Separations (material, including correspondence, removed from books cataloged separately in the Toole-Stott Collection)

Box 32

Photographs (includes a few b/w negatives)

 

Realia

Box 33-34

Copper engraving plates

Box 35

Costume

 

Oversize

 

Writings

Box 36

Circus and Allied Arts (galley proofs)

Box 37

Monographs, portfolio, children's books, poster

Box 38-39

Research materials (mostly photostats and artwork)

 

Scrapbooks

Box 40

Circus

Box 41

Grimaldi

Box 42

Clippings (some on disbound scrapbook pages)