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P. T. Barnum Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 7 Feb 2018

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.

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.

Arrangement of the Collection

No particular order.


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.

Subject Headings


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


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


Bridgeport (Conn.)

Genres and Forms


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


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