Ringling Theater Collection (University of Florida)


ARTstor is collaborating with the University of Florida's George A. Smathers Libraries to share nearly 4,000 images from the Ringling Theater Collection.

The images from the Ringling Theater Collection trace the history of stagecraft through Shakespearean prints, 18th, 19th, and 20th century European and American handbills, posters and heralds, souvenir photographs, and prints of the legendary performers of the past three centuries, numerous production and publicity stills of 20th century plays and films, and hundreds of individual photographs of the legendary and the now-forgotten stars of minstrel, vaudeville, and burlesque stages.

The libraries of the University of Florida form the largest information resource system in the state of Florida. The UF Libraries consist of seven libraries; six are in the system known as the George A. Smathers Libraries of the University of Florida. The libraries hold over 5,800,000 print volumes, 8,100,000 microfilms, 630,000 e-books, 108,797 full-text electronic journals, 874 electronic databases, 1,300,000 documents and 766,000 maps and images. The libraries have built a number of nationally significant research collections.

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Collection information

Total size of collection* 4,124
Percentage of completion 0%

* Image totals should be regarded as an approximation until a given collection is 100% complete. Users should also bear in mind that the number of images available to them may vary from country to country, reflecting ARTstor’s approach to addressing an international copyright landscape that itself varies from country to country.

Last updated: January 25, 2013

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