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Special Collections

Digital Collections

Circus and Allied Arts: Passion for Circus

The photograhs of Sverre "Bex" Braathen combine a "Passion for Circus" with the skills and artistry of photography at its finest.

Buffalo Bill Letters

William Frederick Cody, who is known more commonly by the name "Buffalo Bill”, is an American icon. Cody, born in 1846, would come to blaze a trail across American history with his involvement in the Pony Express, the Civil War, and his astoundingly popular Wild West Shows.

Historic Heralds

The herald is a form of advertisement that circuses, medicine shows, vaudeville, carnivals, dime museums, and Wild West shows (among other enterprises), used to raise awareness - often in an especially text heavy way - for their upcoming stands. With their typically oblong dimensions heralds were often tacked up on poles but could also be affixed to just about any other surface meant to attract the eyes of the public.

Decipher History

Unlocking the secrets of history through transcription.

Lois Lenski Doll Collection

Lenski donated the majority of her doll collection to the Children’s Literature and Historical Textbook Collection of Special Collections.


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Last Updated: 8/8/13