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Welcome to the Booth Library manuscript index. 

The manuscript index contains links to finding aids for the collections of the Booth Library.  Each finding aid has a description of that collection along with a listing of the items within that collection.  The Booth Library staff and volunteers are updating the index daily in order to make your research experience more productive.

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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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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
9 pages of a more detailed schedule over several decades for the lewis family and the carnivals they worked. DocumentA0601
5 Coupons for unlimited rides all day for $6.95 for the Southport, V.F.D. Carnival. Dated June 21-26th.CouponsA0701
Cassette tape of the 1957 Clyde Deatty circus shows.Cassette TapeA0801
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