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Special Collections

Circus & Allied Arts Collection

Milner Library’s Circus and Allied Arts Collection is one of the largest special collections of its type in existence. While the primary focus of the collection is upon the circus, related arts such as carnivals, sideshows, carousels, conjuring, music halls, and vaudeville are also represented.

In addition to over 8000 books, this collection includes photographs, circus posters, programs, route books, correspondence, business records, band scores, assorted media, and realia.

Take a moment... take a few hours or even a few days to make your way through our vast (and always growing) online exhibit of Sverre O. Braathen's Kodachromes and black and white photographs from a number of fantastic circuses documenting the 1930s to the 1960s: A Passion for Circus Digital Collection.

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Campus Box 8900
201 North School St.
Normal, Il 61790-8900
Phone: 309.438.3451

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Last Updated: 8/8/13