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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.


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