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Carl Hagenbeck Circus (c1893 - 1907)



  • Existence: c1893 - 1907


The Carl Hagenbeck Circus was founded by menagerie owner and animal trainer and trader Carl Hagenbeck (1844-1913), in c1893. Carl trained his own circus animals and presented successful shows at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 and the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904. In 1907 American circus empresario B.E. Wallace bought the Carl Hagenbeck Circus and merged it with his own circus, forming the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus, inspite Carl's opposition to the use of his name. The Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus was struck by devastating tragedies twice before it was absorved by the American Circus Company a couple of years after its inception.

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

American Circus Programmes, 1932 - 1983

Reference code: 178K43.613
Scope and Contents

Programmes for various American circuses including; Polack Bros., Al G. Barnes, Shrine, Hagenbeck-Wallace, Cole Brothers and Clyde and Beatty, King Bros., Mills Bros. and Cristiani-Wallace Bros. Circus, Bullen Bros., Shrine Circus, California Circus, Myers Grand American Circus and Circus Hoffman. All contain black and white or colour photographs of the acts and performers inside, a programme, some information about the circus and acts and commercial advertising.

Dates: 1932 - 1983

Circus Friends Association Collection

Reference code: NFA0122
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a large library of books and journals, as well as archival material including posters, programmes, photographs, films, handbills, research material, scrapbooks, original artwork and many other items of ephemera relating to British, Irish and European circuses

Dates: 1795 - 2020

Durrant's Press Cuttings, 1930 - 1955

Reference code: 178G21.98
Scope and Contents A collection of newspaper cuttings of circus articles mostly provided by Durrant's Press Cuttings from a range of sources including; North Mail and Newcastle Chronicle, News Chronicle, Cork Examiner, Empire News, Midland Daily Telegraph, Sunday Dispatch, Pearson's Weekly, Nottingham Evening Post, The Listener and other mainstream newspapers on a range of topics including Bertram Mills, wild animals, Pricilla Kayes, Koringa, The Hagenbecks, Blondin, Paulo Circus family, Togare, Grimaldi,...
Dates: 1930 - 1955

German Circuses Programmes, 1952 - 2007

Reference code: 178K43.652
Scope and Contents

Programmes for German circuses including Circus Krone, Aladin, German National Circus, Circus Stey, Circus Nock, Circus Bavaria, Circus Royal, Friedrichstadt-Palast, Alberti, Cirkus Frankello, Hagenbeck, Brumbach and others, containing colour illustrations and photographs on the front covers, inside black and white and colour photographs of perfomers and acts with text, programme and commercial advertising.

Dates: 1952 - 2007

Newspaper Cuttings and Scapbooks, 1838 - 2007

Reference code: 178G21
Scope and Contents

A collection of newspaper cuttings on circus, circus proprietors and performers and scrapbooks containing newspaper cuttings, posters, programmes and other items of ephemera, covering mainly British circuses and venues such as Belle Vue and also some international circuses.

Dates: 1838 - 2007

Programmes, c1800 - 2019

Reference code: 178K43
Scope and Contents

A collection of mainly British and international circus programmes and some variety and music hall programmes containing circus acts.

Dates: c1800 - 2019

Programmes for Circuses at the New World's Fair, Royal Agricultural Hall, 1900 - 1939

Reference code: 178K43.650
Scope and Contents

Programmes for circuses at the new World's Fair, Royal Agricultural Hall including Billy Wilson's Circus, Carl Hagenbeck, Circus Krone and Althoff's Circus, containing monochrome and colour illustrations on the front covers, inside black and white photographs of perfomers and acts with some text and illustrations including the Naito Troupe, Alfred Court and The South China Troupe, programme and commercial advertising.

Dates: 1900 - 1939