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Edward Ruppert collection of circus photographs and ephemera

Identifier: MS-0853

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Content Description

This collection consists of approximately one hundred and eighty black and white photographs of the circus kept by Edward Ruppert of Baltimore, as well as printed ephemera related to the circus and a handwritten letter written to Ruppert from a fellow circus collector. A member of the Circus Fans Association of America, Ruppert took some of the photographs himself and collected the others. The bulk of the material dates from 1946-1959, although there is one photograph dated September 1, 1911 and the letter is from 1967. The photographs range in size from approximately 3 x 4.5 inches to 5 x 7 inches, and primarily feature images of circus performers, laborers, animals, and performances.


  • Creation: 1911-1967
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1946-1959


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

This collection was created by Edward Ruppert of Baltimore, Maryland. Ruppert was a member of the Circus Fans Association of America. There is currently no additional biographical information available.

Biographical / Historical

The Circus Fans Association of America (CFA) was founded in 1926. Their mission is to educate and provide resources about the history of the circus and to support efforts which preserve the circus as a cultural institution in America. The organization also works to oppose legislation directed against the circus. The official magazine of the CFA, The White Tops, was established in 1928 and is published on a bimonthly basis.

Source: "About CFA." Circus Fans Association of America. Accessed April 08, 2019.


0.47 Cubic Feet (1 legal full-sized box)

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This collection contains materials related to the circus assembled by Edward Ruppert, primarily from 1946 to 1959. Ruppert was a resident of Baltimore and a member of the Circus Fans Association of America.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Ian Brabner in February 2019.

Processing Information

Processed by Kristen Diehl in April 2019.

Guide to the Edward Ruppert collection of photographs and ephemera
Kristen Diehl
2019 April
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA