Somers Circus Collection

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Somers Circus Collection
Sheet Music, illustrated, with children and keeper riding on Jumbo - Image Source

Collection Facts


Scope of Collection

The collection contains materials relating to the earliest establishment of the circus and menageries in America in the late 18th century through the early 20th century. It includes artifacts from descendants of local menagerie and circus pioneers, and a large gift collected by Dr Hugh Grant Rowell of photographs, broadsides, posters and ephemera from the American circus.