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P. T. Barnum Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Barnum, P. T. (Phineas Taylor), 1810-1891.
Title: P. T. Barnum Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1876-1880
Quantity: 1 folder (SC)
Abstract: Letter and postcard from American showman and circus entrepreneur P. T. Barnum.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

P. T. Barnum (1810-1891) was an American showman, author, publisher, politician and businessman. He is best known for creating the Barnum & Bailey Circus, "The Greatest Show on Earth," which toured for more than a century from 1871 to 2017.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The P. T. Barnum Collection consists of two items of correspondence, a letter and a postcard. The letter was written during his tenure as Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut and is on mayoral letterhead.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


Barnum, P. T. (Phineas Taylor), 1810-1891.


Entertainers -- United States.
Mayors -- United States.


Bridgeport (Conn.)

Genres and Forms


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

P. T. Barnum Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information


Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 7 Feb 2018
Revision history:

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SC 813 Miscellaneous 1876, 1880

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