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Roy Altenbach Circus Collection

Identifier: WH2150

Scope and Contents

Collection contains clippings, brochures, programs, photographs, membership certificates, scrapbooks and tickets documenting various circuses: Sells-Floto, Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey, Sterling & Reid Bros., Royal American, Shrine, Gollmar Bros.; and the Circus Parade, Circus Train, and Circus World Museum.


  • 1900-2004


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

Roy Altenbach was born in Sheboygan, Wis. on February 5, 1919. He is an avid circus enthusiast and belongs to the Circus Historial Society.


6 Boxes

1 oversize boxes

2 oversize folders

1 tubes

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Roy Altenbach, 2010.


Repository also has Circus records, 1890-1978 (WH66).


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States