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Collection TitleCL 27 John Lewis CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByCarolyn Hayden
Date Completed:4/1/2008
Terms:Chemung County (N.Y.); Carnivals; Circus; Drawing; Photographs
Historical:Lewis Family-James and Anna Lewis began working the circus and carnival circuit throughout New York's Southern Tier and Northern Pennsylvania in the 1940's.  Their son, John, met his wife Eva while working at Eldridge Park in 1976.  They were married on February 9, 1980 and their children Karl and Mary Ann were born on July 17, 1980 and June 12, 1981 respectively.  Anna Lewis died on February 9, 1983 and James died on May 3, 1983.  John and Eva Lewis and their children continued to work on the carnival circuit. 
Scope:The John Lewis Collection contains photographs, drawings, documents and an audio cassette all relating to the Lewis family and their involvement in the carnival circuit.  John Lewis's drawings of carnival life form the bulk of the collection and date from the early 1990's.  The photographs are of the Lewis family and local area events and date primarily from 1992.  The documents are lists of carnivals worked by the family. 
Notes:CL 27 shares a box with CL 26 and CL 28.
Extent.25 linear feet
Date Span1957-1994
AbstractThis collection contains photographs of local events, drawings by John Lewis and documents pertaining to the Lewis Family's life on the carnival circuit. 


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A drawing by John Lewis. Depicts a clowns, from the Coleman Bros Shows in Elmira, NY. Dated August 4-9th, 1992. DrawingA0222
A drawing by John Lewis. Depicts the head of 2 women from the Horse show in Troy, PA. Dated July 27- August 1st, 1992. DrawingA0223
A drawing by John Lewis. Depicts the head of a woman and a horse from the Horse show in Bath, NY. Dated August 18-23rd, 1992. DrawingA0224
A drawing by John Lewis. Depicts the head of a woman and a horse from the Horse show in Trumansburg, NY. Dated August 25-29th, 1992. DrawingA0225
A drawing by John Lewis. Depicts the head of a man and a horse from the Horse show in Syracuse, NY. Dated August 27-September 7th, 1992. DrawingA0227
Piece of paper that says: "Sullivan County Fair. September 2-7th, 1992. Forksville, PA. John and Eva Horse Show, 1992." DocumentA0228
A drawing by John Lewis. Depicts the head of a woman and a horse from the Horse show in Elmira, NY. Dated August 4-9th, 1992. DrawingA0229
A drawing by John Lewis. Depicts the head of a woman, a blue ribbon and a horse from the Horse show in Elmira, NY. Dated August 4-9th, 1992. DrawingA0230
A drawing by John Lewis. Depicts the head of a man, a blue ribbon and a horse from the Horse show in Elmira, NY. Dated August 4-9th, 1992. DrawingA0231
A drawing by John Lewis. Depicts the head of a woman and a horse from the Horse show in Elmira, NY. Dated August 4-9th, 1992. DrawingA0232
A drawing by John Lewis. Depicts the head of a woman and a horse from the Horse show in Elmira, NY. Dated August 4-9th, 1992. DrawingA0233
A drawing by John Lewis. Depicts the head of a man and a horse from the Horse show. Dated August 4-9th, 1992. DrawingA0234
A drawing by John Lewis. Depicts the head of a man from the Horse show in Bath, NY. Dated August 18-23rd, 1992. DrawingA0235
A drawing by John Lewis. Depicts the head of a woman and a woman riding a horse from the Horse show in Bath, NY. Dated August 18-23rd, 1992. DrawingA0236
A drawing by John Lewis. Depicts the head of a man and a person riding a horse from the Horse show in Elmira, NY. Dated August 4-9th, 1992. DrawingA0237
A drawing by John Lewis. Depicts the head of a woman and a horse from the Horse show in Elmira, NY. Dated August 4-9th, 1992. DrawingA0238
A drawing by John Lewis. Depicts the head of a young girl and a horse from the Horse show in Elmira, NY. Dated August 4-9th, 1992. DrawingA0239
A drawing by John Lewis. Depicts the head of a woman and a horse from the James E. Strates Horse show in Syracuse, NY. Dated August 27-September 7th, 1992. DrawingA0240
A drawing by John Lewis. Depicts the 4 clowns from the clown show in Syracuse, NY. Dated August 29-September 7th, 1992. DrawingA0241
A drawing by John Lewis. Depicts a woman. Dated September 2nd, 1992. DrawingA0242
A drawing by John Lewis. Depicts cotton candy from the Reithoffer shows in the Southport Fire Department, Elmira, NY. Dated June 21-26th, 1993. DrawingA0243
A drawing by John Lewis. Depicts cotton candy from the Coleman Bros show in Elmira, NY. Dated August 3-8th, 1993. DrawingA0244
A drawing by John Lewis. Depicts cotton candy from the Chemung County Historical Museum carnival in Elmira, NY. Dated May 14-16th, 1993. DrawingA0245
A drawing by John Lewis. Depicts cotton candy from the Wheelock rides shows carnival in Elmira, NY. Dated May 14-16th, 1993. DrawingA0246
A drawing by John Lewis. Depicts a woman and an elephant from the Coleman Bros shows fair in Elmira, NY. Dated August 4-9th, 1992. DrawingA0247
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