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Hello CHS,

I’m two days in to a three week journey, generously supported by a grant I received from my master’s program at NYU, to hunt for evidence of the American circus spectator experience in and around the 1960s. Currently, I’m being expertly guided through ISU’s circus archives. Next I’m on to the Circus World Museum and then to the Ringling archives in Florida. I’m sifting through CFA White Top publications; I reading Ringling magazines and programs, I’ll soon be looking through newspaper reviews, and I have piles of other publications to dig through. I have yet to explore what’s available on EIMA – I can access that when not on the road and have my hands on primary sources at these locations.

Needless to say, I have my work cut out for me, but in the spirit of opening the conversation and piling on the resources, I thought I’d pose my research question to this hive as well! Are there specific Bandwagon article that come to mind? Where else would you look for evidence of the American spectator experience?

Thank you kindly for your expertise!

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Hello Madeline,

 

Your topic is quite ambitious.  If you desire to explore the totality of circus productions in the 1960’s, you might consider utilizing the yearly summaries published in Bandwagon magazine at the end of each year.  The articles will provide a listing of touring shows, personalities and major events for each of the years that you are studying.  If you find a particular topic in those summaries, there is a good chance that a later Bandwagon article will explore that subject in greater depth.

 

Don Covington

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