Archival Resources on the Web
Volume 43, No. 2 (October 2015): Hitting the Big Time: A Guide to Online Vaudeville Theater Resources
- American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920
It is a great resource on Harry Houndini, the legendary illusionist who gained much of his initial fame while touring the vaudeville circuit.
- Keith-Albe Vaudeville Theatre Collection
Includes nearly 150 ledger-sized scrapbooks of materials from a now-defunct Keith/Albee Theatrein Providence, Phode Island, dating from 1890s to the 1940s.
- Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections: Vaudeville News
Contains hundreds of back issues of Vaudeville News, a weekly newspaper printed by Edward Albee (of Keith-Albee fame) in New York between 1920 and 1929.
- Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections: New York Clipper
Also contains a near-complete run of the New York Clipper, a New York City-area entertainment newspaper published weekly from 1853 to 1924.
- J. Willis Sayre Collection
Offers over 24,000 photographs of a variety of national theater performers who had toured through the Seattle area between 1900 and 1955.
- Prior and Norris Troupe Photographs and 19th Century Actors and Theater Photographs
Offer hundreds more photographs of vaudeville performers. Like the Sayre Collection, a majority of these photographs are studio portraits, although these collections do contain some performance photographs as well.
- Variety, Vaudeville and Burlesque Image Collection
Accessible through the New York Public Libraries Digital Collections.
- Bonnie and Semoura Clark Black Vaudeville Collection
High-resolution images of performers from the era, including minsrels and dancers, are primarily featured in this collection.
- America Had Talent
A compilation of striking images of various vaudeville performers from their collections.
Volume 43, No. 1 (July 2015): Dime Novels Gone Digital
- Dime Novels and Penny Dreadfuls
Ten novels are available in their entirety, allowing modern audiences to enjoy the adventures of such alliterative heroes as Jesse James, Fred Fearnot, and Deadwood Dick, but a great deal of information on the dime novel phenonemon is also provided. The site also features an article explaining the background and historical context of dime novel, as well as a guided tour of the print processes, typical cover elements, and detailed information about Stanford's collection and other dime novel collections in the United States.
- The Newberry Library: Dime Novels
Includes a brief history of the dime novel and a description of its collections. Also provides an extensive list bibliographies and reference works.
- Street and Smith's Preservation and Access Project
Users can view the Street and Smith holding list (with links to cover images for the 1,922 novels in the list), a dime novel cover gallery, images of the Street and Smith Company, and an inventory of the Street and Smith Company.
- American Women's Dime Novel Project
This site features a cover gallery of nearly 200 novels focused on women with titles such as "A Coronet of Shame, Her Dark Inheritance" and "Wild Oats." There is also a list of primary materials and archives useful for the study of women in dime novels, cover images of hardcover editions, and lsits of authors and publishers, some with biographies
- American Treasure Galley
Twenty-three cover images of the dime novels in the physical exhibit provide a fasinating glimpse into what themes Americans looked to for enterainment in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
- Northern Illinois University: Nickels and Dimes
Contains materials form two major dime novel collections: those of Albert Johannsen and Edward T. LeBlanc. The writings can be browsed by author, series, genre, subject, date, and publisher.
- Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova
It includes story papers and international dime novels.
Volume 42, No. 4 (April 2015): Bluegrass Online: A Digital Excursion though Kentucky
- Kentucky Digital Library (KDL)
Provides access to digital colletions from repositories around the state. Can read the text of Kentucky newspapers going back to 1787, browse nearly 80,000 images documenting all corners of this unique and varied state, and review finding aids and digital images of arhival collections, along with viewing maps and books from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries.
- University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center's Explore UK
You can quickly navigate to collection guides, oral histories, the Kentucky Kernel newspaper, images, yearbooks, and atheltic publications; browse by format, collections, or publication year; or conduct your own search.
- Louis B. Nunn Center for Oral History
Provides online access to many of its collections via SPOKE oral history collections management system. This database allows visitors to browse by topic, person, project, and more.
- International Museum of the Horse
Provides access to exhibits and collections on the history of the horse via its website.
Connects researchers with its online offerings, The Daily Racing Form.
- Eastern Kentucky University Archives and Special Collections
Has a variety of online tools providing access to its collections, including its digital library, Discover EKU; online oral histories from the Berge Oral History Center; and Encompass, a digital archives of the research, creative works, and history of Eastern Kentucky University.
- Berea College's Special Collections and Archives
Provides digital access to letters, photos, yearbooks, audio, and video through Berea Digital, an online repository.
- Georgetown College Archives and Special Collections
Makes various oral histories from its collection available online.
- Northern Kentucky Univeristy Digital Collections
Online access to family papers, letters, and diaries about the Civil War, along with a digitized postcard collection.
Makes available preserved films, video and audio, including two local television collections from the 1970s and 1980s that explore cultural aspects of the region.
- Digital Library of Appalachia
Includes contributions from many Kentucky institutions, including the University of Pikeville which also has its own Digital Archives documenting the institution's history since 1889.
- Jackson Purchase Digital Archives at Murray State Unversity
Documents the history and culture of the Jackson Purchase area of southwest Kentucky.
- Western Kentucky University's Department of Library Special Collections and Kentucky Museum
Provide online access to collections via KenCat, a searchable database of holdings; TopSCHOLAR, WKU's digital repository; and online exhibits.
- University of Louisville's Digital Collections
Include rare and unique images, documents, and oral histories from the archives, special collections, and other campus units.
- Filson Historical Society
Makes a portion of its photograph collection available online via PastPerfect and web galleries.
- Kentucky Historical Society
Provides access to its holdings on Kentucky's rich history through a Digital Collections site as well as an objects catalog.
- Pass the Word
Over 100 archives participate by contributing their collections information to this central catalog. These oral histories cover such diverse topics as African American education in south central Kentucky, the American Printing House for the Blind's corporate memory project, and Kentucky argiculture after tobacco.
- Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
This resource includes the Kentucky official website archives, Confederate pension records, and records regarding the famous Hatfield and McCoy feud.
Volume 42, No. 3 (January 2015): The Big Top Online: Circus Digital Resources
- Milner Library, Illinois State University
Contains an extensive collection of circus books that can be searched through the main library online catalog
- Circus and Allied Arts Collection
A website of digitized Kodachrome slides from the 1940s and 1950s. The site also contains additional black-and-white photographs that date back into the 1930s.
- The John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art
It includes nearly 378 color slides, over 4,000 lithographic posters (the largest collection currenlty found online), and wardrobe design drawings.
- Robert L. Parkinson Library and Research Center
Contains over 6,000 records, including photographs, lithographs, and smaller advertising materials such as heralds and couriers. Also contains folder-level finding aids and over 3,000 book records.
- American Antiquarian Society
Focuses its collecting activity on pre-1876 materials, maintains an online catalog of over 500 records relating to both circuses and menageries, and is perhaps the single most important resource relating to pre-Civil War show. Does maintian a searchable online catalog which reference books, handbils, print ephemera, and manuscript materials.
- Circus Historical Society
Contains a "virtual library," which includes indexes to Bandwagon, the historical journal of the CHS, as well as other serial publications such as Circus Report and Circus Fan Fare. Also contains select digitized copies of historical publications such as The Billboard, route books, newspaper advertisements, and biographical information on numerous performers and other personalities.
- Wisconsin Historical Society
Contains over 200 photographs, numerours newspaper clippings, architectural and historic inventory records, and posters.
- Charles W. Cushman
The collection contains 179 color images from 1941 through 1945 of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus during many performances in Chicago, Illinois.
- McCaddon Collection of the Barnum and Baily Circus, 1871–1901
Consists of 85 cubic feet of papers of the Barnum and Baily Circus in the years leading up to its purchase by the Ringling Brothers in 1907. The collection includes scrapbooks, advertising materials, lithographs, correspondence, and photographs.
- Circus Posters Collections
Describes a collection of circus posters from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus as well as other miscellaneous circus shows.
- P. T. Barnum Papers
Includes correspondence, photographs, news clippings, and other memorabilia documenting the career of P. T. Barnum.
- Parker and Watt Circus
The collection contains general business records, employee and general correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs.