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1Title:  The greatest shows on earth: a history of the circus   
 Creator:  Simon, Linda, 1946- 
 Notes:  Step right up! and buy a ticket to the Greatest Show on Earth - the Big Top, containing death-defying stunts, dancing bears, roaring tigers, and trumpeting elephants. The circus has always been home to the dazzling and the exotic, the improbable and the impossible--a place of myth and romance, of reinvention, rebirth, second acts, and new identities. Asking why we long to soar on flying trapezes, ride bareback on spangled horses, and parade through the streets in costumes of glitter and gold, this captivating book illuminates the history of the circus and the claim it has on the imaginations of artists, writers, and people around the world. Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-286) and index. 
 Extent:  296 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm 
 Subjects:  Circus -- History | Circus | History

Collection:  Newberry Library 
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2Title:  Colonel T. Allston Brown history of the American stage notebooks, circa 1905   
 Creator:  Brown, T. Allston (Thomas Allston), 1836-1918 
 Notes:  Processing Information: These volumes were previously classed as 812H B814.3 Volumes 1-5. This collection includes five bound volumes containing handwritten notes and newspaper clippings concerning the history of the American stage. The volumes are organized by geographic location, the first is focused on Boston, the second on Philadelphia, the third on New York City, the fourth on Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, greater Pennsylvania, New Jersey, greater New York, and Rhode Island, and the fifth and final volume is focused on Brooklyn. These volumes contain information on actors, theatres, theatre companies, circuses, and a variety of shows from 1749 all the way to 1905, just one year before Colonel T. Allston Brown presented the volumes to the Green Room Club. In addition to documenting the theater, the notebooks also contain information on everything from circuses to early African-American theater to a burlesque Ethiopian opera. It is possible that Brown collected these newspaper clippings while researching his works on the New York and American stage. 
 Extent:  5 (.6 
 Subjects:  African American theater -- History | Burlesque (Theater) | Circus -- History | Theater -- New York (State) -- 19th century | Theater -- New York (State) -- New York -- 19th century | Theater -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- 19th century | Theater -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Manuscripts, American -- 19th century | Clippings (information artifacts) | Notes

Collection:  University of Pennsylvania 
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3Title:  Thompson Westcott scrapbooks of Charles Durang's history of Philadelphia theater between the years 1749 and 1855, 1868   
 Creator:  Durang, Charles. | Westcott, Thompson. 
 Notes:  Processing Information: Formerly Dewey 812 P54D. Durang's history of Philadelphia theater was published in the Sunday dispatch in three series, each bearing a different title: The Philadelphia stage: from 1749 to 1821 (first series, 75 installments published from May 7, 1854 to October 7, 1855); The Philadelphia stage from 1749 to 1855 (second series, 56 installments published from June 29, 1856 to August 2, 1857); and The Philadelphia stage from the year 1749 to the year 1855 (third series, 136 installments published from July 8, 1860 to April 19, 1863). The three series were distributed by Westcott among the six volumes so that each volume contains a similar number of pages. Volume I covers the years from 1749 to 1817-18; volume II from 1817-18 to 1826-27; volume III from 1826-27 to 1831-32; volume IV from 1831-32 to 1841-42; volume V from 1841-42 to 1849-50; and volume VI from 1849-50 to 1855. All the scrapbooks include page numbers, a handwritten index, and a list of portraits. Westcott inserted portraits and other images, as well as personal correspondence, playbills, and additional clippings relating to Durang's chapters, resulting in a remarkably thorough representation of the history of Philadelphia's theater history. The chronological order in which Durang presents the historical events, combined with the author's limited use of narrative flashbacks and flash-forwards, makes the indexes useful to locate any mention or image of a given figure or institution active or relevant in a specific period of time. Please see the container list for more detailed information on each volume. 
 Extent:  6 (2 
 Subjects:  Arch Street Theatre (Philadelphia, Pa.) | Chestnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia, Pa.) | Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia, Pa.) | Actors | Actors -- Portraits | Circus -- History | Drama -- History and criticism | Performing arts | Theater | Theater -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- 19th century | Theater -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Philadelphia (Pa.) -- History | Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Social life and customs | Manuscripts, American -- 19th century | Autographs (manuscripts) | Correspondence | Engravings (prints) | Albums (Books)

Collection:  University of Pennsylvania 
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4Title:  "Theatricals in Philadelphia" scrapbooks, 1838-1936 (bulk 1838-1897)   
 Notes:  Physical Description Note: Two different bindings exist for the scrapbook series. The first, featuring large numbers but no title on the spine, is possibly the one used for all volumes when they were purchased in 1920. Some volumes were subsequently rebound using a new spine bearing the title "Theatricals in Philadelphia". This title was probably taken from the description of the set compiled by auctioneer Stanislaus Henkel prior to the purchase of the collection. Processing Information: Formerly Dewey Folio 812H T342 and 812H T342 Ind. The collection is divided into two series. Series I includes the set of 15 scrapbooks, and series II consists of the 7 volumes of the title index. The materials included in the scrapbooks are not arranged following a precise order, which makes the consultation of these volumes potentially challenging. However, a few guiding principles could be identified. In most of the scrapbooks (volumes 1-11 and 13) the materials are grouped by artist or theatrical company, although not in alphabetical or chronological order. Some volumes are especially (although not exclusively) dedicated to specific genres. Volume 1 largely relates to opera; volume 8 focuses on comedy, comic opera, and burlesque; volumes 12 and 13 are dedicated to minstrel shows, circus, magic shows, and burlesque; and volume 15 includes materials on side shows and other exhibits of artifacts and technological curiosities. Volume 14 is exclusively dedicated to the Philadelphia theatrical scene during the Civil War years (1861-1865), and the materials that it contains are organized by performing venue. Researchers interested in a particular production are encouraged to consult the title index for the scrapbooks, which is located in series II. Because it is organized by title, however, the index is less helpful to locate specific artists, performing venues, articles, or other items in the scrapbook set. For these and other research criteria, researchers should consult the full description of each scrapbook, which can be found at the volume level in the finding aid. Each description include a list of the most prominent artists or theatrical companies featured in the volume, a list of performing venues, and a summary of notable articles, images, programs, playbills, and other materials found in the scrapbook. 
 Extent:  22 (6 
 Subjects:  Arch Street Theatre (Philadelphia, Pa.) | Chestnut Street Opera House (Philadelphia, Pa.) | Chestnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia, Pa.) | Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia, Pa.) | Actors | Actresses | Circus -- History | Freak shows | Minstrel shows | Opera | Performing arts | Playbills | Theater | Theater -- United States | Theater -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Vaudeville | Philadelphia (Pa.) | Manuscripts, American -- 19th century | Clippings (information artifacts) | Engravings (prints) | Portraits | Posters | Albums (Books) | Theater programs

Collection:  University of Pennsylvania 
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