The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Magazine Database contains all of Milner Library's holdings for this circus. The collection, which spans the years 1919 to 2009, includes multiple editions of each program published including Road Programs and Madison Square Garden Programs from 1919-1969 and Red Unit and Blue Unit Programs from 1970-2009. Over 4,000 articles have been indexed. These can be searched for by serial titles, issues, article titles, authors, article types, and index terms.
The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Programs are full of incredible information about each year's circus. Subjects of the articles include biographical information about the performers and circus management, descriptions of acts, information about circus life, advertisements, historical information, and words of appreciation for the circus written by fans. Many famous writers, actors, and musicians contributed content to these programs including Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Bob Hope, Betty Hutton, Bing Crosby, Burt Lancaster, and many more."