Project Description

The Circus World Museum houses one of the largest collections of circus artifacts in the world, including historic circus photographs by Harry A. Atwell (1879-1957) a prominent Chicago publicity photographer. Atwell was hired for his first circus assignment in 1910 to travel with the Ringling Bros. Circus. Over the next forty years he documented the roustabouts, big top crowds, sideshow performers and center-ring stars of the circus during a time when shops, schools, and even factories closed when the circus came to town, so people could enjoy the fleeting pageantry of the traveling shows. The 64-acre Circus World complex is located in Baraboo, Wisconsin, and consists of four original Ringling Bros. winter quarters buildings and the Circus Train, plus thirty permanent exhibits.

Collection of Circus World