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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


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[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 17: VideoAdd to your cart.
VCR and other magnetic tapes were transferred to cold storage at ISU University Archives. Please consult the Special Collections Librarian about access to these materials, and be aware that immediate access may not be possible.
Sub-Series 1: Circus tapes, 1938-2002.Add to your cart.
Box 33Add to your cart.
Item 1: Gamma Phi Circus, Spring 1938.Add to your cart.
4:00 minutes.
Item 2: Gamma Phi Circus, 1949Add to your cart.
7:00 minutes.
Item 3: Gamma Phi Circus, 1950Add to your cart.
10:00 minutes.
Item 4: Gamma Phi Circus, 1950Add to your cart.
Part two of 1950, 5:00 minutes.
Item 5: Gamma Phi Circus, 1952Add to your cart.
12:00 minutes.
Item 6: Gamma Phi Circus, 1953Add to your cart.
30:00 minutes.
Item 7: Gamma Phi Circus, 1954Add to your cart.
30:30 minutes.
Item 8: Gamma Phi Circus, 1955Add to your cart.
28:00 minutes.
Item 9: Gamma Phi Circus, 1956Add to your cart.
30:00 minutes.
Item 10: Gamma Phi Circus, 1957Add to your cart.
29:00 minutes.
Item 11: Gamma Phi Circus, 1958Add to your cart.
29:00 minutes.
Item 12: Gamma Phi Circus, 1959Add to your cart.
22:00 minutes.
Item 13: Gamma Phi Circus, 1960Add to your cart.
25:40 minutes.
Item 14: Gamma Phi Circus, 1961Add to your cart.
30:00 minutes.
Item 15: Gamma Phi Circus, 1962Add to your cart.
24:00 minutes.
Item 16: Gamma Phi Circus, 1963Add to your cart.
26:00 minutes.
Item 17: Gamma Phi Circus, 1964Add to your cart.
27:00 minutes.
Item 18: Gamma Phi Circus, 1965Add to your cart.
27:48 minutes.
Item 19: Gamma Phi Circus, 1966Add to your cart.
30:00 minutes.
Item 20: Gamma Phi Circus, 1967Add to your cart.
34:17 minutes.
Item 21: Gamma Phi Circus, 1968Add to your cart.
33:00 minutes.
Item 22: Gamma Phi Circus, 1969Add to your cart.
27:30 minutes.
Item 23: Gamma Phi Circus, 1969Add to your cart.
27:00 minutes.
Item 24: Gamma Phi Circus, 1969Add to your cart.
38:30 minutes.
Item 25: Gamma Phi Circus, 1970Add to your cart.
41:00 minutes.
Item 26: Gamma Phi Circus, 1972Add to your cart.
38:00 minutes.
Item 27: Gamma Phi Circus, 1972Add to your cart.
44:00 minutes.
Item 28: Gamma Phi Circus, 1975Add to your cart.
1:10:00 minutes.
Item 29: Gamma Phi Circus, 1975Add to your cart.
Master copy.
Item 30: Gamma Phi Circus, 1976Add to your cart.
48:00 minutes.
Item 31: Gamma Phi Circus, 1976Add to your cart.
15:30 minutes.
Item 32: Gamma Phi Circus, 1976Add to your cart.
Master copy.
Item 33: Gamma Phi Circus, 1979Add to your cart.
39:00 minutes.
Item 34: Gamma Phi Circus, 1979Add to your cart.
48:00 minutes.
Item 35: Gamma Phi Circus, 1979Add to your cart.
Master copy.
Item 36: Gamma Phi Circus, 1938, 1949, 1950.Add to your cart.
4:00 minutes, 7:00 minutes, 10:00 minutes. Part 1 of 1950 recording.
Item 37: Gamma Phi Circus, 1952, 1953.Add to your cart.
12:00 minutes, 30:00 minutes.
Item 38: Gamma Phi Circus, 1954, 1955.Add to your cart.
30:30 minutes, 28:00 minutes.
Item 39: Gamma Phi Circus, 1956, 1957.Add to your cart.
30:00 minutes, 29:00 minutes.
Item 40: Gamma Phi Circus, 1958, 1959.Add to your cart.
29:00 minutes, 22:00 minutes.
Item 41: Gamma Phi Circus, 1960, 1961.Add to your cart.
25:40 minutes, 30:00 minutes.
Item 42: Gamma Phi Circus, 1962, 1963.Add to your cart.
24:00 minutes, 26:00 minutes.
Box 34Add to your cart.
Item 43: Gamma Phi Circus, 1964, 1965.Add to your cart.
27:00 minutes, 27:48 minutes.
Item 44: Gamma Phi Circus, 1966, 1967.Add to your cart.
30:00 minutes, 34:17 minutes.
Item 45: Gamma Phi Circus, 1968Add to your cart.
33:00 minutes.
Item 46: Gamma Phi Circus, 1969Add to your cart.
1:33:26 minutes. Parts A, B, and C of 1969 recording.
Item 47: Gamma Phi Circus, 1970Add to your cart.
41:00 minutes.
Item 48: Gamma Phi Circus, 1972, 1976.Add to your cart.
Item 49: Gamma Phi Circus, 1983Add to your cart.
Item 50: Gamma Phi Circus, 1984Add to your cart.
Item 51: Gamma Phi Circus, 1985Add to your cart.
Item 52: Gamma Phi Circus, 1986Add to your cart.
Item 53: Gamma Phi Circus, 1986Add to your cart.
Item 54: Gamma Phi Circus, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 55: Gamma Phi Circus, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 56: Gamma Phi Circus, 1988Add to your cart.
Item 57: Gamma Phi Circus, 1988Add to your cart.
Item 58: Gamma Phi Circus, 1989Add to your cart.
Item 59: Gamma Phi Circus, 1990Add to your cart.
Master copy.
Item 60: Gamma Phi Circus, 1990Add to your cart.
Item 61: Gamma Phi Circus, 1992Add to your cart.
Item 62: Gamma Phi Circus, 1993Add to your cart.
Item 63: Gamma Phi Circus, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 64: Gamma Phi Circus, 1995Add to your cart.
Item 65: Gamma Phi Circus, 1996Add to your cart.
Item 66: Gamma Phi Circus, 1996Add to your cart.
Item 67: Gamma Phi Circus, 1997Add to your cart.
Item 68: Gamma Phi Circus, 1998Add to your cart.
Item 69: Gamma Phi Circus, 2001Add to your cart.
Item 70: Gamma Phi Circus, 2002Add to your cart.
Item 71: Gamma Phi Circus, 2002Add to your cart.
Item 72: Gamma Phi Circus, 2002Add to your cart.
Item 73: Gamma Phi Circus, 2002Add to your cart.
Item 74: Gamma Phi Circus, 2002Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Road Shows and miscellaneous, 1984-1997, undated.Add to your cart.
Miscellaneous is usually practices, tryouts, local news stories, interviews, and television spots.
Box 34Add to your cart.
Item 75: Miscellaneous including road show, 1984-1985.Add to your cart.
Item 76: Miscellaneous including road show, 1985-1986.Add to your cart.
Item 77: Road show, 1986Add to your cart.
Onarga, Illinois.
Item 78: Miscellaneous including road show, 1986-1987.Add to your cart.
Item 79: Road show, 1987Add to your cart.
Item 80: Miscellaneous including road show, 1987-1988.Add to your cart.
Item 81: Miscellaneous, 1988-1989.Add to your cart.
Item 82: Road show, 1989Add to your cart.
Item 83: Miscellaenous, 1989Add to your cart.
Item 84: Road show, 1990Add to your cart.
Lincoln-Way.
Item 85: Road show, 1990Add to your cart.
South Holland.
Box 35Add to your cart.
Item 86: Road show, 1995Add to your cart.
Monmouth, Illinois.
Item 87: Road show, 1995Add to your cart.
Monmouth, Illinois.
Item 88: Road show, 1996Add to your cart.
Center School in Morris, Illinois.
Item 89: Road show, 1997Add to your cart.
Hershey high school
Item 90: Maine West High School Exhibition, undated.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Camps, 1995-2003.Add to your cart.
Box 35Add to your cart.
Item 91: Circus skills camp, 1995Add to your cart.
Item 92: Circus skills camp, 1995Add to your cart.
Item 93: Circus skills camp, 1996Add to your cart.
Item 94: Circus skills camp, 1996Add to your cart.
Item 95: Circus skills camp, 1996Add to your cart.
PM show.
Item 96: Circus skills camp, 1996Add to your cart.
PM show.
Item 97: Circus skills camp, 1997Add to your cart.
AM show.
Item 98: Circus skills camp, 1997Add to your cart.
AM and PM show.
Item 99: Circus skills camp, 1997Add to your cart.
AM and PM show.
Item 100: Circus skills camp, 1997Add to your cart.
PM show.
Item 101: Circus skills camp, 1998Add to your cart.
Item 102: Circus skills camp, 1998?Add to your cart.
Item 103: Circus skills camp, 1999Add to your cart.
Session 1.
Item 104: Circus skills camp, 1999Add to your cart.
Session 2.
Item 105: Circus skills camp, 2000Add to your cart.
Session 1.
Item 106: Circus skills camp, 2000Add to your cart.
Session 2.
Item 107: Circus skills camp, 2001Add to your cart.
Session 1.
Item 108: Circus skills camp, 2001Add to your cart.
Session 1.
Item 109: Circus skills camp, 2001Add to your cart.
Session 1.
Item 110: Circus skills camp, 2001Add to your cart.
Session 2.
Item 111: Circus skills camp, 2003Add to your cart.
Session 1.
Sub-Series 4: ActsAdd to your cart.
Arranged alphabetically.
Box 35Add to your cart.
Item 112: Acrobatic sports through gymnastics, undated.Add to your cart.
Tape 1.
Item 113: Adagio, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 114: Clowns through gymnastics, undated.Add to your cart.
Tape 2.
Item 115: Acrobatic sports, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 116: Basketball game half-time show, undated.Add to your cart.
Various acts.
Item 117: Cheers, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 118: Circus acts, undated.Add to your cart.
Wayne & Carol Collection, video 1.
Item 119: Clowns, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 120: Flying trapeze, 1999Add to your cart.
Item 121: Globes, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 122: Gym wheel, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 123: Juggling, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 124: Ladders, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 125: Old circus acts, 1986Add to your cart.
Item 126: One wheel, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 127: Rings, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 128: Russian Swing, 1998Add to your cart.
Item 129: Skating, undated.Add to your cart.
Box 36Add to your cart.
Item 130: Tightwire, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 131: Trampoline, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 132: Trapeze, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 133: Unicycles, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 134: Various acts, 1995Add to your cart.
Item 135: Vault, undated.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 5: Other videos, 1983-1999, undated.Add to your cart.
Box 36Add to your cart.
Item 136: Acrobatic gymnastics, 1983Add to your cart.
Polish, Belgium, and American.
Item 137: PSA, 1983Add to your cart.
Item 138: Skinfold subtest, 1983Add to your cart.
Item 139: Jay Barshinger interviewer, 1985Add to your cart.
Item 140: Circus Aleluia, 1986Add to your cart.
Item 141: FSU Homeshow, 1986Add to your cart.
Item 142: Callaway Gardens, 1990Add to your cart.
Item 143: Zoppe Circus Europa, 1990Add to your cart.
Item 144: Cirque du Soleil, 1991Add to your cart.
Item 145: Cirque du Soleil, 1999Add to your cart.
Item 146: Giveaway drawing., 1991Add to your cart.
Item 147: Bozo show, 1992Add to your cart.
Item 148: Bozo show, 1993Add to your cart.
Item 149: Circus of the Stars, 1993Add to your cart.
Item 150: Circus arena setup and teardown, 1993Add to your cart.
Item 151: Circus safety video by Bob Carroll, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 152: Kelly Miller, 1994, 1995.Add to your cart.
Item 153: Leo Burnett, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 154: New circus rig setup and teardown, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 155: Peru Amateur Circus, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 156: Shrine Circus, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 157: Shrine Circus, Evansville, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 158: Club Med, 1995Add to your cart.
Item 159: Consistory exhibit, 1995Add to your cart.
Item 160: National unicycle convention, 1996Add to your cart.
Item 161: NBC Newscast for Hershey High Road Show, 1997Add to your cart.
Item 162: World's Funniest Home Videos, 1997Add to your cart.
Item 163: Commercial, 1997Add to your cart.
Item 164: Commercial, 1998Add to your cart.
Item 165: Commercial, Telecable, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 166: Under the big top, 2001Add to your cart.
Item 167: Acrobatics, undated.Add to your cart.
American, Polish, and Chinese.
Item 168: Anthony Gatto, To be the Best, undated.Add to your cart.
Juggling.
Item 169: Big top giveaway number 2, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 170: Champion acrobats of China, Flying Lotus, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 171: Champion acrobats of China, Steel Silk, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 172: Circus boxes with Brian Patz, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 173: Circus of the Stars, undated.Add to your cart.
Box 37Add to your cart.
Item 174: Club Med, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 175: Dance study, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 176: Kryennel Cutz?, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 177: Long Lake Camp for the Arts, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 178: Midstate magazine segment, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 179: Midstate magazine segment, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 180: Midstate magazine segment, undated.Add to your cart.
Dubbed from Betamax tape (below).
Item 181: Midstate magazine segment, undated.Add to your cart.
Betamax format.
Item 182: Moscow Circus, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 183: New concepts by Tumbl-Trak, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 184: Prairie fire, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 185: Raw footage, undated.Add to your cart.
Tape 1 and 2.
Item 186: Raw footage, undated.Add to your cart.
Tape 3.
Item 187: Ringling Brothers, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 188: Steve Nunno Tumble-Trak Clinic, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 189: Training video, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 190: What Gamma Phi is about, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 191: Wright family, undated.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 6: U-Matic format, 1980-1984, undated.Add to your cart.
Box 37Add to your cart.
Item 192: Gamma Phi Circus, 1980Add to your cart.
Part 1.
Item 193: Gamma Phi Circus, 1983Add to your cart.
Item 194: Gamma Phi Circus, undated.Add to your cart.
Part 1.
Item 195: Gamma Phi Circus, undated.Add to your cart.
Part 2.
Item 196: Gamma Phi sound, 1984Add to your cart.
Item 197: Ed Cluster #4, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 198: School and the Community, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 199: Skinfold test, undated.Add to your cart.
Item 200: Unknown, undated.Add to your cart.
Tape with no label or identifying information.

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[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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