This collection contains more than 200 printed 19th and 20th century circus posters, and forms a subset of the Jay T. Last
Collection of American Entertainment. The posters date from the 1850s to the 1980s, with the bulk of the items spanning from
the 1890s to the 1960s. These prints were used as promotional materials and typically posted outdoors in advance of the circus
coming to town. These posters, primarily color lithographs, were produced by American printers for American circuses,
though there are approximately seven posters with French or German text that Barnum & Bailey used for shows in Europe in the
late 1890s and early 1900s.
In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from
the office of the Library Director.
Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Huntington as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to
include or imply permission of the
copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
The collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information,
please visit the Huntington's website: www.huntington.org.