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Action Space Extended

 Fonds
Reference code: 426
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of material relating to the community arts company Action Space, later Action Space Mobile, including photographs, slides, posters, publicity, sound and video recordings.

For further details of this collection please see the finding aid in the External Documents section below.

Dates: 1968 - 2015

Albert Swift Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: NFA0010
Scope and Contents

Five colour aerial photographs taken by Albert Swift of freehold lands now owned by Yorkshire showmen: 1. Branton 2. Stainforth 3. Northallerton 4. Chapeltown 5. South Elmsall Also a copy of a black and white photograph of the Dewsbury Feast from the early 1900s.

Dates: c1900 - 1920; c1990 - 1999

Alex Helm Indexes

 Fonds
Reference code: 457
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of ten volumes of index slips, divided into seven for mumming plays, one for disguising and two for morris.

For further details of this collection please see the finding aid in the External Documents section below.

Dates: c1960

Alf Lamb Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: NFA0064
Scope and Contents

Four books of newspaper cuttings mainly from the World's Fair newspaper relating to fairs, traction engines and showland personalities. The scrapbooks include the series 'Traction Engine Snaps' written by 'Cyclist'.

Dates: c1920 - 1959

Alfred Grey Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: NFA0093
Scope and Contents

This collection contains black and white photographs and negatives of photographs taken by Alfred Grey at Joe’s bar novelty portrait studio and a small amount of related ephemera.

Dates: c1960 - 1969

Alfred Plummer Travel Diaries

 Fonds
Reference code: 437
Scope and Contents

Handwritten diaries recording the travel experiences of the Reverend Alfred Plummer in Germany and England. The earlier diaries cover his visits to Germany and Austria in 1869 and 1889 and include some photographs and newspaper cuttings, while the later diaries document his travels in England between 1916 and 1919, notably in Shropshire, Hertfordshire and Devon. Again they include many newspaper cuttings and photographs, and also some of Plummer’s reflections on World War 1.

Dates: 1869 - 1919

Allan Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: 365
Scope and Contents

A collection of documents, printed ephemera and artefacts relating to freemasonry, from Ian Cochrane Allan, member and officer of several masonic organisations in Cheshire during the mid-20th century. Includes minutes, correspondence, speeches, programmes, invoices, as well as some items of masonic regalia, as well as materials relating to Ian Cochrane Allan’s war service, and an account book for 1947 to 1948 kept by his wife Joan Allan.

Dates: c1939 - 1977

Allan Recordings

 Fonds
Reference code: AU 16
Scope and Contents The collection consists of recordings of interviews about the book trade with librarians and booksellers by Alastair Allan in 1974. The librarians represent a range of institutions including the universities of Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, East Anglia, Edinburgh, Hull, Leicester, Newcastle, Salford, Stirling, and polytechnics at Sheffield, Newcastle, Wolverhampton and Kingston. Booksellers include representatives from the university bookshops at Edinburgh and Stirling, and from Daley’s,...
Dates: 1974

Alma Skinner Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: NFA0046
Scope and Contents

This collection contains digital scans of black and white photographs from Alma and Skid Skinner, Wall of Death riders, highlighting their travels mainly in Norway and Sweden and featuring other acts of that era. Also scans of the Crown Prince of Sweden opening their show in 1936 and staff working at Butlins, Skegness.

Dates: c1930 - 1939

Amy Goodwin Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: NFA0193
Scope and Contents

Film about Amy and her work made by NFCA staff and examples of sign painting done for the Orton and Spooner exhibition in 2022.

Dates: 2021

Anderton and Rowland Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: NFA0009
Scope and Contents

This collection contains copies of original photographs and photocopies of newspaper cuttings relating to the Anderton and Rowland families and their business on the fairground.

Dates: c1894 - 1962

Antcliffe Manuscripts

 Fonds
Reference code: 45
Scope and Contents

A collection of both manuscript and printed works by Herbert Antcliffe (1875-1964) including published and unpublished material, both musical and textual, during the period 1899 to 1961 (where dated).

Dates: c1899 - 1961

Archives of Cultural Tradition Miscellaneous Manuscripts

 Collection
Reference code: 452
Scope and Contents An extremely wide and varied collection of material relating to mainly British cultural tradition made up of individual donations to the Archives of Cultural Tradition. It comprises of printed ephemera, hand written accounts and reproduced and original documents across a wide time frame. Items mainly relate to Folklore, dialect, domesticity and British cultural tradition, although other countries are represented. Much of the material covers local history and folk-traditions with newspaper...
Dates: 1771 - 1999

Argyle Theatre Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: NFA0117
Scope and Contents

This collection contains a large number of posters as well as business records including records of artist bookings, accounts, scrapbooks, contracts and correspondence.

Dates: 1865 - 1941

Arthur Jones Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: NFA0049
Scope and Contents

The photograph library of the Friendship Circle of Showland Fans (FCFS). This collection includes material relating to famous fairs, engines and rides. As well as containing a full bound set of 'Merry-Go-Round' journals and numerous books, letters and other journals. The collection includes various catalogues and notebooks documenting the use of traction engines on the fairground.

Dates: c1900 - 1979

Arthur Markham Memorial Prize Essays

 Collection
Reference code: 268
Scope and Contents Essays, poetry and short stories written by mineworkers for the Arthur Markham Memorial Prize administered by the University of Sheffield, submitted during the period 1932 - 1993. Contains essays that won the prize and those that were unsuccessful. Essays give insight into working in and for the mines and the home life of miners and their families. This archive contains essays for nearly all the years the prize was awarded. The 70 essays in this collection make up a small number...
Dates: 1932 - 1993

Barbara Buttrick Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: NFA0083
Scope and Contents

The collection contains photographs, handbills and programmes relating to Barbara Buttrick’s boxing career and some material she collected related to boxing.

Dates: c1900 - 2001

Bartolomé Papers

 Fonds
Reference code: 174
Scope and Contents The collection consists of documents relating to the history of the de Bartolomé family, which has a close connection with Sheffield and its University through two of its members, Dr Mariano Alejo Martin de Bartolomé (1813-1890) and Dr Stephen Martin de Bartolomé (1919-2001). It also includes a scrapbook dating from the earlier period, formerly in the possession of Dr Mariano Martin de Bartolomé’s family, and two 19th-century printed books on Spanish subjects. Mariano’s grandson, Dr Stephen...
Dates: 1832 - 1984

Batley, Morley and Ossett Labour Party Manuscripts

 Fonds
Reference code: 146
Scope and Contents

The archive consists of 5 minute books, with election material and press cuttings, covering the years 1918-1949.

Dates: 1919 - 1949

Beet Lantern Slide Collection

 Fonds
Reference code: SLI 22
Scope and Contents A collection of just under 2,500 lantern slides collected by Arthur Edgar Beet, an academic in the Applied Science Department at the University of Sheffield in the first half of the 20th century.The collection covers a wide variety of subjects, including photographs of late 19th century Sheffield, illustrations of scenes from children’s tales and Bible stories, images of the Boer War and the First World War, portraits of important historical figures, and photographs of London and...
Dates: Late 19th and early 20th century

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University of Sheffield (Established 1828) 32
The Showmen's Guild of Great Britain (Established 1889) 13
National Centre for English Cultural Tradition (NATCECT) (1975 - 2008) 11
World's Fair Publications Limited (Established 1904) 11
University of Sheffield Library (Established 1879) 9
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Bertram Mills Circus (1920 - 1967) 7
Billy Smart's Circus (c1946 - 2006) 7
Chipperfield's Circus (Established c1800) 7
British Union of Fascists (1932 - 1940) 6
Fairground Association of Great Britain. (FAGB) (Established 1977) 6
Anderton and Rowland (Established c1854 - 1879) 5
Friendship Circle of Showland Fans. (FCSF) (c1940 - 1969) 5
Sanger, George, 1825 - 1911 5
Belle Vue (1836 - 1982) 4
Blackpool Tower Circus (Established 1894) 4
Bostock and Wombwell Menagerie (c1846 - 1931) 4
Braithwaite, David, 1932 - 1982 4
Cairoli, Charlie, 1910 - 1980 4
Carters Steam Fair (1977 - 2022) 4
Circus Krone (Established 1905) 4
Fossett's Circus (Established c1870 - 1879) 4
Lord George Sanger Circus (Established c1880) 4
Lord John Sanger Circus (Established c1880) 4
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (1919 - 2017) 4
Rosaire's Circus & Zoo (Established 1904) 4
Sanger, John, 1819 - 1889 4
Toulmin, Vanessa, Professor, Born 1967 4
Austen Brothers Circus (Established 1974) 3
Barrett, Norman, Born 1935 3
Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Established 1896) 3
Boswell's Circus (1882 - 2015) 3
British Fairground Society (BFS) (Established c1950) 3
Buffalo Bill, 1846 - 1917 3
Chapman, Ellen, 1831 - 1899 3
Chipperfield, Mary, 1938 - 2014 3
Circus Knie (Established 1803) 3
Circus Pinder (Established 1854) 3
Clyde Beatty Cole Bros. Circus (Established c1957) 3
Collins, Pat (Patrick), 1859 - 1943 3
Cottle, Gerry, 1945 - 2021 3
Crystal Palace (1851 - 1936) 3
Dodd, Ken, 1927 - 2018 3
Duffy's Circus (Established c1800) 3
Electric (Modern) Printing Company (c1930 - 1991) 3
Gandey's Circus (Established c1918) 3
George Orton, Sons & Spooner Ltd (1875 - 1977) 3
Great Yarmouth Hippodrome (Established 1903) 3
Holland Amusements (Initiated c1870) 3
Innes Smith, Robert William, 1872 - 1933 3
J.W. Shaw Amusements (Initiated c1860 - 1889) 3
Jolson, Al, c1886 - 1950 3
Krebs, Hans Adolf, Sir, 1900 - 1981 3
Ling's Family Amusements (Initiated c1850 - 1859) 3
Mills, Cyril Bertram, 1902 - 1991 3
National Fairground and Circus Archive. NFCA (Established 1994) 3
Olympia London (Established 1886) 3
Pat Collins Fun Fairs (Established 1899) 3
Paulo Circus (Established c1900 - 1910) 3
Shufflebottom Family, c1870 - 1998 3
Smith, George Charles Moore, 1858 - 1940 3
The Agricultural Hall (1862 - 1943) 3
The Kursaal (1894 - 2020) 3
Union Movement (1948 - 1973) 3
W. E. Berry Ltd (1888 - 2004) 3
Waddington's Funfairs (Initiated c1860 - 1899) 3
Wilsons Group Services (Established c1860) 3
Acres, Birt, 1854 - 1918 2
Allan, Alastair J., Active 1970s - 2015 2
Althoff Circus (c1675 - 1999) 2
Argyle Theatre of Varieties (c1868 - 1945) 2
Aspland, George, 1836 - 1911 2
Aspland-Howden (c1875 - 1915) 2
Astley, Philip, 1742 - 1814 2
B. Cole & Sons (Amusements) Ltd (Established 1890) 2
Battersea Park Amusement Park (1858 - 1972) 2
Beverly Sisters (c1943 - 2009) 2
Bird, Margaret, c1900 - 1999 2
Buller, Redvers Henry, General, Sir, 1839 - 1908 2
Calladine, Neil, Born 1951 2
Centre for Luxembourg Studies (University of Sheffield) (Established 1995) 2
Charles Burrell & Sons Ltd (1770 - 1928) 2
Chessington World of Adventures (Established 1987) 2
Chipperfield, Jimmy (James), 1912 - 1990 2
Circus Busch (1903 - 1999) 2
Circus Busch-Roland (c1884 - 2018) 2
Circus Friends Association of Great Britain (Established 1934) 2
Circus Medrano (Established 1875) 2
Cirkus Merano (1975 - 2015) 2
Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione (Established 1852) 2
Cole Bros. Circus (c1884 - 1957) 2
Craston, Joe (Joseph), 1868 - 1948 2
Dainton, Frederick Sydney, Sir, 1914 - 1997 2
Dave Homer Video (Established 1989) 2
David Smart's Super Circus (c1980 - 1983) 2
Denver, Hal, 1909 - 1994 2
Downie, Graham, Born 1941 (Fairground Enthusiast) 2
Drury Lane Theatre (Established c1660) 2
Farrar's Fun Fairs (Established 1876) 2
Fisher, Hal, 1909 - 2002 2
Forde, Florrie, 1875 - 1940 2
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