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Robert Vandevander circus collection

Identifier: UASC-020

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials on circus-related themes, with the majority focused on American circuses. Included are 104 books, 2 VHS tapes, and an album with 8 vinyl records. There are also a number of pamphlets, posters, programs, clippings, and other ephemera that have been arranged in two boxes. The materials span 1907-2009, with the bulk dating to 1935-1965.


  • Creation: 1907-2009
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1935 - 1965


Access to Materials

This collection is open and available to the public for research in the University Archives and Special Collections reading room. The materials are non-circulating.

Copyright Notice

The materials in this collection may be covered by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The materials are available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission from the copyright owner or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.

Biography of Robert Vandevander

Robert Vandevander was born on April 5, 1924, and he received his B.S. from the University of Dayton in 1953 and his M.A. from Ohio State University in 1959. He was a UD faculty member in the School of Education from 1960 to 1966. He also served on the City of Dayton Board of Education until 1980. During his senior year at UD, Vandevander began collecting circus materials, an area of personal interest. He continued collecting until his final acquisition in 2009.


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This collection contains circus-related books, magazines, programs, posters, and other materials collected by University of Dayton alumnus Robert Vandevander '53, also a former instructor in the School of Education at UD. Materials were collected from 1952 to 2009.


The books and VHS tapes have been entered into the University Libraries Catalog under local call number UASC 020. The remainder of the collection materials have been arranged in two boxes, one containing Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus programs, and the other containing ephemera and memorabilia.

Other Finding Aid

The books and VHS tapes in this collection are cataloged in the University Libraries Catalog under local call number UASC 020.

Acquisition Information

Robert Vandevander donated this collection to the University Archives and Special Collections on March 1, 2011.

Processing Information

Materials were processed by David Brownell in March 2011. Books were entered into the University Libraries catalog under local call number UASC 020.

Guide to the Robert Vandevander circus collection, 1907-2009, bulk 1935-1965
David Brownell
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Repository Details

Part of the University Libraries Repository

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