Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

email signup
Search Collections

Popular Entertainment

Harry Houdini poster.

Poster depicting Houdini's Giant Milk Can
Escape, ca. 1908. Harry Houdini Collection

These collections pertain to vaudeville, the circus, pantomime, magic, stand-up comedy, puppetry, and minstrel shows.


In addition to these major holdings, the Book Collection contains the McManus-Young Collection of books about magic. Costume designs for French music-hall dated ca. 1920-1955 can be found in the W. H. Crain Costume and Scenic Design Collection. For an overview of puppetry holdings, see Carolyn Roark, "The Harry Ransom Center: An Archive for Scholars and Artists," Puppetry International 19 (2006): 36-38.

 

The Reading Room Will Be Closed:

August 18-24, 2014
August 30-Sept. 1, 2014
November 27-29, 2014
December 20-31, 2014
January 1, 2015
January 19, 2015
May 25, 2015

Always closed on Sundays

Connect with the
Harry Ransom Center
Flickr YouTube RSS Tumblr Facebook Twitter