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Gamma Phi Circus Records

Overview

Abstract

Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Acts

Administration

Alumni

Camp

Correspondence

Facilities and Gym

Fundraising

Gamma Phi Circus Performances

History

Members

Other circuses

Photos

Photo Albums and Scrapbooks, Bound

Photo Albums and Scrapbooks, Unbound

Plaques and Objects

Sound Recordings

Video

Additions

Rick Mirro papers



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Collection Overview

Title: Gamma Phi Circus Records, 1920-2018Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Gamma Phi Circus.

Other Creators: Illinois State Normal University. Gamma Phi fraternity.

Extent: 38.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

The Gamma Phi Circus Records are arranged into seventeen series: 1: Acts,  2: Administration,  3: Alumni,  4: Camp, 5: Correspondence,  6: Facilities and Gym,  7: Fundraising,  8: Gamma Phi Circus Performances, 9: History, 10: Members, 11: Other Circuses, 12: Photos, 13: Photo Albums and Scrapbooks, Bound, 14: Photo Albums and Scrapbooks, Unbound, 15: Plaques and Objects, 16: Sound Recordings, and 17: Video.

Series 8: Gamma Phi Circus Performances, deals with the actual performances of  the circus, and is divided into eight sub-series: 1: Acts, 2: Equipment, 3: Exhibitions, 4: Programs, 5: Publicity, 6: Road Shows, 7: Spring Show, and 8: Tryouts. Other record series generally deal more with the activities of Gamma Phi as a registered student organization of Illinois State University.

Subjects: Circus--Illinois--Normal., Circus performers--Illinois--Normal., Gamma Phi Circus., Illinois State Normal University. Gamma Phi fraternity.

Languages: English

Abstract

Records of Gamma Phi Circus and the Gamma Phi fraternity of Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. A portion of the collection contents have been digitized and are available online via this link.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Series 1: Acts, 1952-2002, undated contains information compiled on various circus acts by Gamma Phi. Material generally seems to have been used to create Gamma Phi Circus acts rather than directly documenting acts performed by Gamma Phi members.

Series 2: Administration, 1962-2009, undated, consists of official records, governance documents, handbooks, and reports created by the organization Gamma Phi.

Series 3: Alumni, 1946-2006, undated, consists of records documenting Gamma Phi alumni and newsletters targeted for alumni.

Series 4: Camp, 1995-2004, undated, consists of records, correspondence, and a small amout of publicity material related to the Gamma Phi Circus Youth Camp.

Series 5: Correspondence,  1961-2004, undated, consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence of various individuals, primary directors of Gamma Phi such as Jerry Polacek and Arley F. Gillett.

Series 6: Facilities and Gym, 1976-2004, undated, consists of materials related to the various venues Gamma Phi has used for training and performing.

Series 7: Fundraising, 1984-2003, consists of materials related to raising money for Gamma Phi.

Series 8: Gamma Phi Circus Performances, 1932-2018, undated, contains materials related to the actual circus performance put on by Gamma Phi members. This series is divided into eight sub-series: 1: Acts, 2: Equipment, 3: Exhibitions, 4: Programs, 5: Publicity, 6: Road Shows, 7: Spring Show, and 8: Tryouts.

Series 9: History, 1903-2014, undated, contains materials related to the history of Gamma Phi. Material includes both photocopied resources (largely newsclippings) and written histories by various authors.

Series 10: Members, includes information cards, pledge materials, short humorous pieces written by Gamma Phi Members, and material related to a weight loss program.

Series 11: Other circuses, 1975-2002, undated, contains materials related to other circuses, including the Carson & Barnes Circus, which played in Bloomington, Illinois on September 7, 2000.

Series 12: Photos, 1930s-2008 consists of loose photos, primarily of Gamma Phi performances.

Series 13: Photo Albums and Scrapbooks, Bound, 1920s-1996, consists of bound photo albums and scrapbooks (generally with newspaper clippings) documenting Gamma Phi.

Series 14: Photo Albums and Scrapbooks, Unbound, 1930s-2015, consist of photos which were removed from scrapbooks for preservation reasons and digital photos on DVD.

Series 15: Plaques and Objects, 1931-2004, undated, consists of artifacts, primarily plaques, related to Gamme Phi and Gamma Phi founder Pop Horton.

Series 16: Sound Recordings, consists of vinyl records with popular music or gymnastic training sessions compiled by Gamma Phi.

Series 17: Video, 1938-2003, consists of videos of Gamma Phi circus, road shows, camps, circus acts (non-Gamma Phi), and other videos. These materials have been moved to cold storage for preservation reasons, and patrons wishing to access them should first contact the Special Collections Librarian.

A portion of the collection contents have been digitized and are available online via this link.

Collection Historical Note

Gamma Phi Circus, sponsored by Illinois State University, is the oldest collegiate circus in the United States. It began as the Gamma Phi fraternity, founded in 1929 by ISU gymnastics instructor Clifford "Pop" Horton. The fraternity's first circus performance took place in 1931. Gamma Phi Circus is a performing arts fraternal organization and is no longer affiliated with social fraternities or sororities and is a registered student organization. Membership is available by audition to all full-time ISU students, faculty, and staff. Illinois State University and Florida State University are the only four-year universities that have full-fledged circuses.

Subject/Index Terms

Circus--Illinois--Normal.
Circus performers--Illinois--Normal.
Gamma Phi Circus.
Illinois State Normal University. Gamma Phi fraternity.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Rare Books Room at Illinois State University

Related Materials: Digitized Gamma Phi Circus Collection materials. A portion of the collection has been digitized and is available online. For more information please see http://digital.library.illinoisstate.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15990coll16.

Other Note: Gamma Phi Circus website

Other URL: http://gammaphicircus.illinoisstate.edu/


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Acts],
[Series 2: Administration],
[Series 3: Alumni],
[Series 4: Camp],
[Series 5: Correspondence],
[Series 6: Facilities and Gym],
[Series 7: Fundraising],
[Series 8: Gamma Phi Circus Performances],
[Series 9: History],
[Series 10: Members],
[Series 11: Other circuses],
[Series 12: Photos],
[Series 13: Photo Albums and Scrapbooks, Bound],
[Series 14: Photo Albums and Scrapbooks, Unbound],
[Series 15: Plaques and Objects],
[Series 16: Sound Recordings],
[Series 17: Video],
[Series 18: Additions, various dates.],
[Box 24: Rick Mirro papers, 1976-1979.],
[All]

Series 8: Gamma Phi Circus PerformancesAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: ActsAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 132: Circus acts, 1978-1979.Add to your cart.
Folder 133: Circus acts, 1979-1980.Add to your cart.
Folder 134: Circus acts, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 135: Circus acts, 1988-1989.Add to your cart.
Folder 136: Circus acts, 1996-1997.Add to your cart.
Folder 137: Circus acts, 1997-1998.Add to your cart.
Folder 138: Circus acts, 2002-2003.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: EquipmentAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 139: Chairs, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 140: Clown equipment, 1982, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 141: Costumes, 1983, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 142: Costumes, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 143: Equipment crew, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 144: Equipment crew, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 145: Equipment crew, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 146: Equipment crew, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 147: Equipment crew, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 148: Equipment crew, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 149: Equipment crew, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 150: German Wheel, 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 151: How to Make a Trapeze, April 1997.Add to your cart.
By Kira Jostes.
Folder 152: Inventory, 1977-2004.Add to your cart.
Folder 153: Leo Deadweight's Excellent Adventure, 1990Add to your cart.
Book with captioned pictures describing the "adventure" of a deadweight.
Folder 154: Lighting, 1982-1983.Add to your cart.
Folder 155: List and signup forms, undated.Add to your cart.
Blank forms.
Folder 156: Load tests, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 157: Mats, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 158: Memos, 1980s-1990s.Add to your cart.
Folder 159: Orders, 1975-1976.Add to your cart.
Folder 160: Overhead cable test report, 1988Add to your cart.
Prepared for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.
Folder 161: Release, 1984, 1988, 1996.Add to your cart.
Folder 162: Rigging modification briefing notes, 1975Add to your cart.
Prepared for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.
Folder 163: Security, 1986-1989.Add to your cart.
Folder 164: Sound system, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 165: Teeterboard, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 166: To be made, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 167: Unicycles, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 168: Vendors, 1992-1997.Add to your cart.
Folder 169: Vendors, 1992-1997, 2001.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: ExhibitionsAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 170: Alumni act, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 171: Basketball half-time script, 1991-1992.Add to your cart.
Folder 172: Batavia Middle School, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 173: First National Bank of Chicago, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 174: General information, 1992-1994, undated.Add to your cart.
Includes a peformance schedule for 1986-2003.
Folder 175: Geneva, Illinois, 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 176: Heart Fund, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 177: LaHood wedding show, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 178: Nutcracker Suite, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 179: Quadfest, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 180: Scottish Rite Temple, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 181: University of Illinois, 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 182: Records, 1976-1977.Add to your cart.
Folder 183: Records, 1977-1978.Add to your cart.
Folder 184: Records, 1979-1980.Add to your cart.
Folder 185: Records, 1980-1981.Add to your cart.
Woodfield Mall.
Folder 186: Records, 1981-1982.Add to your cart.
Folder 187: Records, 1982-1983.Add to your cart.
Folder 188: Records, 1983-1984.Add to your cart.
Folder 189: Records, 1984-1985.Add to your cart.
Folder 190: Records, 1985-1986.Add to your cart.
Folder 191: Records, 1986-1987.Add to your cart.
Folder 192: Records, 1987-1988.Add to your cart.
Folder 193: Records, 1988-1989.Add to your cart.
Folder 194: Records, 1989-1990.Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 195: Records, 1990-1991.Add to your cart.
Folder 196: Records, 1991-1992.Add to your cart.
Folder 197: Records, 1993-1994.Add to your cart.
Bozo's Circus.
Folder 198: Records, 1994-1995.Add to your cart.
Caldwell Banker.
Folder 199: Records, 1995-1996.Add to your cart.
Folder 200: Records, 1996-1997.Add to your cart.
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance convention in St. Louis, Missouri.
Folder 201: Records, 1998-1999.Add to your cart.
Carlisle Antique Show, Paradise Hotel.
Folder 202: Records, 1999-2000.Add to your cart.
Clinton Power Station, Olds Classic.
Folder 203: Records, 2000-2001.Add to your cart.
Capen, Consistory, Homecoming.
Folder 204: Records, 2001-2002.Add to your cart.
Folder 205: Records, 2002-2003.Add to your cart.
Prompting Theatre, Stevenson Elementary School.
Sub-Series 4: ProgramsAdd to your cart.
A portion of the collection contents have been digitized and are available online via this link.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 206: Program, 1932-1959.Add to your cart.
Folder 207: Program, 1960-1969.Add to your cart.
Folder 208: Program, 1970-1979.Add to your cart.
Folder 209: Program, 1980-1989.Add to your cart.
Folder 210: Program, 1990-1992.Add to your cart.
Folder 211: Program, 1993-1995.Add to your cart.
Folder 212: Program, 1996.Add to your cart.
Folder 213: Program, 1997.Add to your cart.
Folder 214: Program, 1998-1999.Add to your cart.
Folder 215: Program, 2000-2001.Add to your cart.
Folder 216: Program, 2002-2003.Add to your cart.
Folder 217: Program, 2004.Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 218: Program, 2005-2008.Add to your cart.
Folder 219: Program, 2009-2011.Add to your cart.
Folder 220: Program, 2012.Add to your cart.
Folder 221: Program, 2013.Add to your cart.
Folder 222: Program, 2014-2015.Add to your cart.
Folder 223: Program, 2016-2017.Add to your cart.
Folder 224: Program, 2018-2019.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 5: PublicityAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 228: Artwork, 2000, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 229: Bumper sticker, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 230: Coloring contest, 1988-2004.Add to your cart.
Includes 3" floppy disk.
Folder 231: Commercial, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 232: Drawing contest, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 233: Jakcet lettering, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 234: News clippings, 1993-2003.Add to your cart.
Folder 345: Poster, 1986, 2017.Add to your cart.
See folder 345, oversized material. Some 2017 posters are signed.
Folder 235: Posters, 1988,1989, 1999, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 345.: Poster possibilities, 1994, undated.Add to your cart.
Oversized material.
Folder 236: Printing costs, 1991-2003.Add to your cart.
Folder 237: Publicity, 1969-1975.Add to your cart.
Includes roster for 1973 circus squad.
Folder 238: Publicity, 1974-1975.Add to your cart.
Folder 239: Publicity, 1977-1978.Add to your cart.
Folder 240: Publicity, 1978-1979.Add to your cart.
Folder 241: Publicity, 1981-1985.Add to your cart.
Folder 242: Publicity, 1986-1989.Add to your cart.
Folder 243: Publicity, 1987-1988.Add to your cart.
Folder 244: Publicity, 1988-1989.Add to your cart.
Folder 245: Publicity, 1989-1990.Add to your cart.
Folder 246: Publicity, 1990-1991.Add to your cart.
Folder 247: Publicity, 1990-1994.Add to your cart.
Folder 248: Publicity, 1990-1994.Add to your cart.
Folder 249: Publicity, 1990-1994.Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 250: Publicity, 1991-1992.Add to your cart.
Folder 251: Publicity, 1992-1993.Add to your cart.
Folder 252: Publicity, 1993-1994.Add to your cart.
Folder 253: Publicity, 1993-1994.Add to your cart.
Folder 254: Publicity, 1994-1995.Add to your cart.
Folder 255: Publicity, 1995-1996.Add to your cart.
Folder 256: Publicity, 1996-1997.Add to your cart.
Folder 257: Publicity, 1997-1998.Add to your cart.
Folder 258: Publicity, 1998-1999.Add to your cart.
Folder 259: Publicity, 2000-2001.Add to your cart.
Folder 260: Publicity, 2001-2002.Add to your cart.
Folder 261: Publicity, 2002-2003.Add to your cart.
Folder 262: Publicity, 2003-2004.Add to your cart.
Folder 263: Publicity, 2005-2006, 2017.Add to your cart.
Folder 264: Publicity, undated.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 6: Road ShowsAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 265: Chenoa, Illinois, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 266: Elmhurst, Illinois and Maine West High School, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 267: Fairbury, Illinois, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 268: Galesburg, Illinois, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 269: Lockport East High School, 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 270: Mendota and Rich South, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 271: Rock Island, Illinois, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 272: Show forms, 1981-1983, undated.Add to your cart.
Blank forms.
Sub-Series 7: Spring ShowAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 273: Guest list, 1992, 1997.Add to your cart.
Folder 274: Preparation schedule, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 275: Ringmaster script form, undated.Add to your cart.
Blank form.
Folder 276: Tickets, 1984, 1986, 1992, 1998, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 277: Workers, 1976-1979.Add to your cart.
Folder 278: Workers, 1981-1995.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 8: TryoutsAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 279: Tryouts, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 280: Tryouts, 1981-1982.Add to your cart.
Folder 281: Tryouts, 1982-1983.Add to your cart.
Folder 282: Tryouts, 1983-1984.Add to your cart.
Folder 283: Tryouts, 1985-1986.Add to your cart.
Folder 284: Tryouts, 1986-1987.Add to your cart.
Folder 285: Tryouts, 1987-1988.Add to your cart.
Folder 286: Tryouts, 1988-1989.Add to your cart.
Folder 287: Tryouts, 1989-1990.Add to your cart.
Folder 288: Tryouts, 1990-1991.Add to your cart.
Folder 289: Tryouts, 1992-1993.Add to your cart.
Folder 290: Tryouts, 1993-1994.Add to your cart.
Folder 291: Tryouts, 1997-2001.Add to your cart.
Folder 292: Tryouts, 2001-2002, undated.Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Acts],
[Series 2: Administration],
[Series 3: Alumni],
[Series 4: Camp],
[Series 5: Correspondence],
[Series 6: Facilities and Gym],
[Series 7: Fundraising],
[Series 8: Gamma Phi Circus Performances],
[Series 9: History],
[Series 10: Members],
[Series 11: Other circuses],
[Series 12: Photos],
[Series 13: Photo Albums and Scrapbooks, Bound],
[Series 14: Photo Albums and Scrapbooks, Unbound],
[Series 15: Plaques and Objects],
[Series 16: Sound Recordings],
[Series 17: Video],
[Series 18: Additions, various dates.],
[Box 24: Rick Mirro papers, 1976-1979.],
[All]


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