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Merle Evans Papers

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Abstract

Title:
Merle Evans Papers
Author/Creator:
Evans, Merle
Collection number:
89-103-ABA
Size:
39.5 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1950-1985
Inclusive dates:
1880-1989
Collection Area:
Special Collections in Performing Arts
Repository:
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Contact the curator: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact
Abstract:

Merle Evans (1891-1987) was an American bandmaster and cornetist. He is best known for his work leading the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus Band. He was also the bandmaster for Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including correspondence, photographs, band scores, and band uniforms related to Evans's work as a bandmaster and as a cornetist.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Preferred citation:

Merle Evans Papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Publication rights:

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Born in Columbus, Kansas in 1891, Merle Evans joined the S.W. Brundage Carnival Band as a cornetist at the age of fifteen. For the next ten years, he traveled throughout the United States with a number of theater and comedy shows, eventually becoming bandmaster with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. In 1919, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circuses merged to form what they promoted as "The Greatest Show on Earth." Evans was selected as bandmaster for the newly combined circus, a post he held until his retirement in 1969. In addition to leading circus bands, Evans wrote eight circus marches and conducted several concert bands during the off season. Active throughout his retirement as a circus historian, Evans died in Sarasota, Florida in 1987.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Merle Evans Papers covers the period from 1800 to 1989; the bulk of the materials date from 1950 to 1985. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including correspondence, photographs, band scores, and band uniforms related to Evans's work as a bandmaster and as a cornetist.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Merle Evans Papers were donated to the ABA Research Center by Evans's sister, Juanita Evans, in February 1989. A second portion of the collection was given by Juanita Evans through Kenneth Slater on June 8, 1992. Additions to the collection were made by Shirley Ryon in June 1989.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Bradley Mariska (2003); reprocessed by Amanda Weeks (2011)

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Cassandra N. Berman, March 2012.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Correspondence, 1923-1980 and undated (2 linear feet)

This series contains 254 letters both to and from Merle Evans. Materials are organized by subject. This series is divided into four subseries.

Subseries 1.1: Guest Appearances, 1949, 1967-1980 (0.5 linear feet)

This subseries contains correspondence both to and from Evans involving various guest appearances. Materials are organized alphabetically by the organization's name and then by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Allentown Band, 1971series 1.1box 1folder 1
American School Band Convention, 1971series 1.1box 1folder 2
Arkansas School Band, 1972series 1.1box 1folder 3
Barnum Circus Centennial, 1970-1971series 1.1box 1folder 4
Bauer-Hall Enterprises, 1971series 1.1box 1folder 5
Beaver Dam H.S. Concert Band, 1971-1972series 1.1box 1folder 6
Buena Vista College, 1974series 1.1box 1folder 7
Chatfield Brass Band Inc., 1974series 1.1box 1folder 8
Cherry Hill Symphonic Band, 1971series 1.1box 1folder 9
Circus Fans Association of America, 1971-1973series 1.1box 1folder 10
Circus World Museum, 1974series 1.1box 1folder 11
C. L. Barnhouse Company, 1972series 1.1box 1folder 12
Cloud County Community College, 1973series 1.1box 1folder 13
Dallas Symphony Orchestra, 1976series 1.1box 1folder 14
Delavan, Miss. - Circus Committee Meeting, undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 15
East Central State College, 1971-1972series 1.1box 1folder 16
Elkhart Municipal Band, 1971series 1.1box 1folder 17
Evans, Merle, 1971series 1.1box 1folder 18
Fairmont Public Schools, 1975series 1.1box 1folder 19
Fraser Public Schools, 1971-1975series 1.1box 1folder 20
The Getzen Co., 1971-1972series 1.1box 1folder 21
Gollmar-Moeller-Ringling Tent, 1974series 1.1box 1folder 22
Illinois State University, 1976series 1.1box 1folder 23
International Tuba Symposium, 1973series 1.1box 1folder 24
Iowa Bandmasters Association, 1971-1972series 1.1box 1folder 25
James A. Bailey Ring, 1971series 1.1box 1folder 26
Kansas State College, 1972series 1.1box 1folder 27
Keener R. Garrett Promotions Inc., 1971series 1.1box 1folder 28
Lakeland College, 1972series 1.1box 1folder 29
Lansing Community College, 1972, 1975-1976series 1.1box 1folder 30
Lenoir High School Band, 1973series 1.1box 1folder 31
Liddicoat, A. Brian, undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 32
Melbourne Municipal Band, 1970series 1.1box 1folder 33
Mid-West National Band Clinic, 1968series 1.1box 1folder 34
Missoula Public Schools, 1971-1973series 1.1box 1folder 35
Morehead State University, 1974-1976series 1.1box 1folder 36
Naperville Municipal Band, 1976series 1.1box 1folder 37
National Music Camp (Interlochen), 1976series 1.1box 1folder 38
New England Conservatory, 1970series 1.1box 1folder 39
Northwest Band Clinic, 1971, 1975series 1.1box 1folder 40
Oconomowoc American Band, 1973series 1.1box 1folder 41
Orange Bowl Committee, 1978series 1.1box 1folder 42
Plymouth Community School, 1971series 1.1box 1folder 43
Samford University, 1970series 1.1box 1folder 44
Schlitz Circus Parade, 1972series 1.1box 1folder 45
Tremper High School, 1973series 1.1box 1folder 46
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, 1975series 1.1box 1folder 47
U.S. Air Force, 1967series 1.1box 1folder 48
U.S. Marine Corps, 1980series 1.1box 1folder 49
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 50
Waukegan Municipal Band, 1972-1973series 1.1box 1folder 51
Wauwatosa West High School, 1976series 1.1box 1folder 52
Weyauwega-Fremont Area Schools, 1971-1972series 1.1box 1folder 53
Williston Senior High School, 1973series 1.1box 1folder 54
Windjammers Unlimited, 1974-1975series 1.1box 1folder 55
White, Lasses, 1949series 1.1box 1folder 56
Whitmarch, Richard, undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 57

Subseries 1.2: Honorary Degree, 1986 (1 folder)

This subseries contains correspondence to Merle Evans pertaining to his receipt of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from Central Methodist College. Materials are organized alphabetically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Central Methodist College, 1986series 1.2box 1folder 58

Subseries 1.3: General/Personal, 1921, 1934-1987 and undated (0.5 linear feet)

This subseries contains general correspondence. Materials are organized alphabetically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Akers, Leila & Howard, 1955series 1.3box 2folder 1
American Bandmaster's Association/Herbert Clarke, 1921-1934series 1.3box 2folder 2
Braathen & Sachtjen, 1955series 1.3box 2folder 3
Capitol Amusements, Inc., 1944series 1.3box 2folder 4
Circus Hall of Fame, 1987series 1.3box 2folder 5
Circus World Museum, 1970, 1977-1978series 1.3box 2folder 6
CA-CR, 1955, 1970, 1986series 1.3box 2folder 7
D, 1970, 1980series 1.3box 2folder 8
Emos, undatedseries 1.3box 2folder 9
Evans, 1968-1979series 1.3box 2folder 10
F, 1955series 1.3box 2folder 11
Getzen, 1970-1975series 1.3box 2folder 12
Golden Crest Records, 1970series 1.3box 2folder 13
Gr., 1975series 1.3box 2folder 14
Historical Society of Sarasota, 1985series 1.3box 2folder 15
I, 1959, 1975series 1.3box 2folder 16
J, 1955series 1.3box 2folder 17
Kappa Kappa Psi, 1974series 1.3box 2folder 18
K.L. King Music House, 1918, 1970-1973series 1.3box 2folder 19
M, 1955, 1970series 1.3box 2folder 20
New England Conservatory, 1969-1971series 1.3box 2folder 21
Nickelodeon Film Co., undatedseries 1.3box 2folder 22
P, 1969 and undatedseries 1.3box 2folder 23
Plowden, 1980series 1.3box 2folder 24
R, 1969, 1972, 1985series 1.3box 2folder 25
S, 1973series 1.3box 2folder 26
Sparks Circus, 1923series 1.3box 2folder 27
Troy State University, 1983series 1.3box 2folder 28
U.S. Marine Corps, undatedseries 1.3box 2folder 29
W, 1955series 1.3box 2folder 30
State of Wisconsin, 1970series 1.3box 2folder 31
Unknown Re: Retirement, undatedseries 1.3box 2folder 32
Unknown, undatedseries 1.3box 2folder 33

Subseries 1.4: Diaries, Datebooks, And Memos, 1909-1986 (1 linear foot)

This subseries contains Merle Evans's personal datebooks, memo books, and diaries. Materials are organized chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Address Book, RBB&B, undatedseries 1.4box 3folder 1
Brown Memo-Book, undatedseries 1.4box 3folder 2
Item from Black Account Book, undatedseries 1.4box 3folder 3
Black Account Book, undatedseries 1.4box 3folder 4
Memo Book, 1909-1910series 1.4box 3folder 5
Diary, 1910series 1.4box 3folder 6
Account Book/Address Book, 1911series 1.4box 3folder 7
Receipt in Account Book/Address Book, 1911series 1.4box 3folder 8
Memorandum Book, 1911-1912series 1.4box 3folder 9
Items found in Memorandum Book, 1911-1912series 1.4box 3folder 10
Memo/Address Book, 1912series 1.4box 3folder 11
Memo Book, 1914series 1.4box 3folder 12
Item from Memo Book, 1914series 1.4box 3folder 13
Datebook, 1915series 1.4box 3folder 14
Black Memo Book, undatedseries 1.4box 3folder 15
Items found in Address Book, RBB&B (2), undatedseries 1.4box 3folder 16
Memo Book (Buffalo Bill/Wild West Season), 1916series 1.4box 3folder 17
Address Book, 1955series 1.4box 3folder 18
Datebook, 1916-1917series 1.4box 3folder 19
Items found in Datebook, 1916-1917series 1.4box 3folder 20
Datebook, 1917-1918series 1.4box 3folder 21
Items found in Datebook (2), 1917-1918series 1.4box 3folder 22
Memorandum, 1920-1921series 1.4box 3folder 23
Address Book, 1925series 1.4box 3folder 24
Memorandum Book, 1935-1936series 1.4box 3folder 25
Item found in Memorandum Book, 1935-1936series 1.4box 3folder 26
Memorandum Book, 1937series 1.4box 3folder 27
Items found in Appointment Book (7), 1955series 1.4box 3folder 28
Item found in Memorandum Book, 1937series 1.4box 3folder 29
Yearbook, 1943series 1.4box 3folder 30
Items found in Yearbook (5), 1943series 1.4box 3folder 31
Yearbook, 1947series 1.4box 3folder 32
Datebook/Calendar, 1959series 1.4box 4folder 1
Daily Reminder, 1976series 1.4box 4folder 2
Daily Reminder, 1977series 1.4box 4folder 3
Datebook/Calendar, 1978series 1.4box 4folder 4
Datebook/Calendar, 1979series 1.4box 4folder 5
Datebook/Calendar, 1980series 1.4box 4folder 6
Datebook/Calendar, 1984series 1.4box 4folder 7
Datebook/Calendar, 1982series 1.4box 4folder 8
Datebook/Calendar, 1981series 1.4box 4folder 9
Datebook/Calendar, 1983series 1.4box 4folder 10
Datebook/Calendar, 1985series 1.4box 4folder 11
Black Account Book, 1986-1987series 1.4box 4folder 12
Day Minder, 1986series 1.4box 4folder 13

Series 2: Newspaper and Magazine Articles, 1914-1983 and undated (2.5 linear feet)

This series contains 310 newspaper and magazine clippings. The subjects range from announcements of appearances by Merle Evans and the Ringling Bros. Circus to articles on individual members of the Circus. Materials are organized chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Clippings, undated series 2box 5folder 1
Clippings, undated series 2box 5folder 2
Clippings, 1914, 1918, 1930, 1942 series 2box 5folder 3
Clippings, 1943 series 2box 5folder 4
Clippings, 1943, 1950, 1966, 1968 series 2box 5folder 5
Clippings, Journal America, 1944 series 2box 5folder 6
Clippings, 1944 series 2box 5folder 7
Clippings, 1952, 1953, 1956 series 2box 5folder 8
Clippings, 1955 series 2box 5folder 9
Clippings, 1955 series 2box 5folder 10
Clippings, 1955 series 2box 5folder 11
Clippings, 1955 series 2box 5folder 12
Clippings, 1959, 1965, 1969 series 2box 5folder 13
Clippings, 1963 series 2box 5folder 14
Clippings, 1963 series 2box 5folder 15
Clippings, 1963 series 2box 5folder 16
Clippings, 1963 series 2box 5folder 17
Clippings, 1963 series 2box 5folder 18
Clippings, 1963 series 2box 5folder 19
Clippings, 1964 series 2box 5folder 20
Clippings, 1965 series 2box 5folder 21
Clippings, 1965 series 2box 5folder 22
Magazine Articles/Clippings, 1950, 1964-1964, 1973, 1987-1988 series 2box 5folder 23
Clippings, 1966 series 2box 6folder 1
Clippings (Oversized), 1966 series 2box 6folder 2
Clippings, 1966 series 2box 6folder 3
Clippings, 1966 series 2box 6folder 4
Clippings, 1966 series 2box 6folder 5
Clippings, 1967 series 2box 6folder 6
Clippings, 1967 series 2box 6folder 7
Clippings, 1967 series 2box 6folder 8
Clippings (Oversized), 1967 series 2box 6folder 9
Clippings, 1968 series 2box 6folder 10
Clippings, 1968 series 2box 6folder 11
Clippings (Oversized), 1968 series 2box 6folder 12
Clippings, 1969 series 2box 6folder 13
Clippings, 1969 series 2box 6folder 14
Clippings, 1970-1971 series 2box 6folder 15
Clippings, 1971 series 2box 6folder 16
Clippings, 1972 series 2box 6folder 17
Clippings, 1972, 1973, 1975 series 2box 6folder 18
Clippings, 1973 series 2box 6folder 19
Clippings, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1986 series 2box 6folder 20
Clippings, 1945, 1948, 1956, 1978, 1981, 1983 series 2box 6folder 21
Clippings, 1983-1985 series 2box 6folder 22
Clippings, 1984-1986 series 2box 6folder 23
Clippings, 1987-1989 series 2box 6folder 24
Clippings, 1988 series 2box 6folder 25
Lang, William "The Name You Will Remember", 1946 series 2box 7folder 1
Eulogies, 1988 series 2box 7folder 2
MacLeod, Douglas "Merle Evans-Highlights of his Career", 1983 series 2box 7folder 3
Plowden, Gene "Requiem to a Great Horn", undated series 2box 7folder 4
Taylor, Robert Lewis, "One Beat to the Bar-I", 1955 series 2box 7folder 5

Series 3: Photographs, 1800-1989 (8 linear feet)

This series contains 1,581 photographs. Materials are arranged by subject. This series is divided into 11 subseries.

Subseries 3.1: Merle Evans, 1900-1989 (1.5 linear feet)

This subseries contains photographs of Merle Evans as the subject. Materials are organized chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Troy State Hall of Fame, 1983series 3.1box 8folder 1
American Bandmasters Association, 1972series 3.1box 8folder 2
Photograph Holder, undatedseries 3.1box 8folder 3
Unknown Person, undatedseries 3.1box 8folder 4
Monroe H. S. Senior Band "Big Top" Circus Concert, 1948series 3.1box 8folder 5
Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, 1917series 3.1box 8folder 6
Merle Evans with Unidentified Person, undatedseries 3.1box 8folder 7
Merle Evans, 1982series 3.1box 8folder 8
Merle Evans at 27 Years Old, 1918series 3.1box 8folder 9
Merle Evans, 1982series 3.1box 8folder 10
Merle Evans, 1920sseries 3.1box 9folder 1
Merle Evans, 1930sseries 3.1box 9folder 2
Merle Evans, 1940sseries 3.1box 9folder 3
Merle Evans, 1950sseries 3.1box 9folder 4
Merle Evans, 1960sseries 3.1box 10folder 1
Merle Evans, 1970sseries 3.1box 10folder 2
Merle Evans, 1980sseries 3.1box 10folder 3
Merle Evans, 1980sseries 3.1box 10folder 4

Subseries 3.2: Merle Evans and Others, 1930-1989 (1.5 linear feet)

This subseries contains photographs of Merle Evans with other people. Materials are organized chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Merle with Others (Oversized - Housed in Box 15), 1909series 3.2box 11folder 1
Merle with Others, 1930sseries 3.2box 11folder 2
Merle with Others, 1940sseries 3.2box 11folder 3
Merle with Others, 1940sseries 3.2box 11folder 4
Merle with Others, 1940sseries 3.2box 11folder 5
Merle with Others, 1950sseries 3.2box 11folder 6
Merle with Others, 1950sseries 3.2box 11folder 7
Merle with Others, 1960sseries 3.2box 12folder 1
Merle with Others, 1960sseries 3.2box 12folder 2
Merle with Others, 1960sseries 3.2box 12folder 3
Merle with Others, 1970sseries 3.2box 12folder 4
Merle with Others, 1970sseries 3.2box 13folder 1
Merle with Others, 1980sseries 3.2box 13folder 2
Merle with Others, 1980sseries 3.2box 13folder 3
Windjammers, 1976series 3.2box 13folder 4
In U.S.S.R., undatedseries 3.2box 13folder 5

Subseries 3.3: Merle Evans Conducting, 1920-1989 (0.5 linear feet)

This subseries contains photographs of Merle Evans conducting various bands. Materials are organized chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Merle Conducting, 1920-1930sseries 3.3box 14folder 1
Merle Conducting, 1940sseries 3.3box 14folder 2
Merle Conducting, 1950sseries 3.3box 14folder 3
Merle Conducting, 1960sseries 3.3box 14folder 4
Merle Conducting, 1970sseries 3.3box 14folder 5
Merle Conducting, 1980sseries 3.3box 14folder 6
Small Photo Album with Merle Guest Conducting, undatedseries 3.3box 14folder 7

Subseries 3.4: Circus Bands, Bandsmen, 1800-1989 (1 linear foot)

This subseries contains photographs of various circus bands and bandsmen. Materials are organized chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
1800s-1919 (2 RBB&B Photos are oversized - housed in Box 15)series 3.4box 15folder 1
1920sseries 3.4box 15folder 2
1930sseries 3.4box 15folder 3
1940sseries 3.4box 15folder 4
1950sseries 3.4box 15folder 5
1960sseries 3.4box 15folder 6
1970s-1980sseries 3.4box 15folder 7
Braathen Greeting Cards, 1892-1939series 3.4box 16folder 1
George Way-Leedy Drum Co., 1934-1940 and undatedseries 3.4box 16folder 2
Other Bands/Bandsmen, 1909-1987series 3.4box 16folder 3

Subseries 3.5: Circus Personnel, 1921-1975 (0.5 linear feet)

This subseries contains photographs of Ringling Bros. administrators and employees. Materials are organized chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Art Concello, 1960series 3.5box 17folder 1
Rudy Bundy, undatedseries 3.5box 17folder 2
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ringling North, undatedseries 3.5box 17folder 3
Administrators/Employees-Chronological, 1921-1963series 3.5box 17folder 4
Administrators/Employees-Chronological, 1961-1975series 3.5box 17folder 5

Subseries 3.6: Circus Acts, 1887-1976 (0.5 linear feet)

This subseries contains photographs of various circus acts. Materials are organized chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
General, 1887-1976series 3.6box 18folder 1
General, 1963series 3.6box 18folder 2
Clowns, 1922-1970series 3.6box 18folder 3
Acts with Animals, 1962 and undatedseries 3.6box 18folder 4

Subseries 3.7: Circus Equipment, 1896-1976 (0.5 linear feet)

This subseries contains photographs of circus equipment. Materials are organized chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Wagons, undatedseries 3.7box 19folder 1
Ringling Bros. Quarters, 1960series 3.7box 19folder 2
Tents, 1922 and undatedseries 3.7box 19folder 3
Circus Grounds, 1919-1963series 3.7box 19folder 4
Ringling Bros. Winter Quarters, 1961series 3.7box 19folder 5
Trains, 1962-1969series 3.7box 19folder 6

Subseries 3.8: Other Circuses, 1962-1976 (0.5 linear feet)

This subseries contains photographs of other circuses, including the Wild West Show, the Cole Bros. Circus, and Buster Bailey. Materials are organized alphabetically by circus.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show (Oversized - housed in Box 15), 1916series 3.8box 20folder 1
Tim McCoy Wild West Show, undatedseries 3.8box 20folder 2
Cole Bros. Circus, undatedseries 3.8box 20folder 3
Busters Bailey-N.Y. Continental Circus-Baraboo, 1964series 3.8box 20folder 4
Busters Bailey-Russian Circus, 1976series 3.8box 20folder 5
Buster Bailey-Baraboo, 1970series 3.8box 20folder 6
Busters Bailey-Archius, undatedseries 3.8box 20folder 7
Buster Bailey-Circus World Museum, undatedseries 3.8box 20folder 8
Buster Bailey-Circus World Museum, 1975series 3.8box 20folder 9

Subseries 3.9: Circus-Related Activities, 1957-1974 (4 folders)

This subseries contains photographs of circus-related activities such as parades and circus fans. Materials are organized by subject.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Circus Museum Parade, undatedseries 3.9box 21folder 1
Circus Fans, undatedseries 3.9box 21folder 2
Circus Model Builders, 1959series 3.9box 21folder 3
Circus Parade-Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1964series 3.9box 21folder 4

Subseries 3.10: Memorabilia, 1955-1974 (1 folder)

This subseries contains photographs of various circus memorabilia. Materials are organized by subject.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Memorabilia, 1955-1974 and undatedseries 3.10box 21folder 5

Subseries 3.11: Unidentified Persons, 1916-1965 (1 folder)

This subseries contains photographs of people that have not been identified. Materials are organized by subject.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Unidentified Persons, 1910-1965series 3.11box 21folder 6

Series 4: Programs, 1926-1986 (1.75 linear feet)

This series contains programs from Merle Evans's guest appearances and band tours throughout the United States. Materials are organized alphabetically by name of venue.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
A.B.A, 1983 series 4box 22folder 1
Circus Band of Indiana, 1977 series 4box 22folder 2
Circus Concerts, 1923-1986 series 4box 22folder 3
Elkart Municipal Band, 1955, 1971 series 4box 22folder 4
Florida Symphonic Band, 1987 series 4box 22folder 5
King Bros. Circus, 1976 series 4box 22folder 6
Sarasota Concert Band, 1975-1984 series 4box 22folder 7
Sells and Gray Circus, 1976 series 4box 22folder 8
The Town Band, (Moniteau County), 1983 series 4box 22folder 9
Windjammers Unlimited Circus Concert Band, 1986-1987 series 4box 22folder 10
Naperville Municipal Band, 1983 series 4box 22folder 11
Signed Program-'The Old Pro's Band', 1968 series 4box 22folder 12
Merle Evans Programs, 1925 series 4box 22folder 13
Programs: Guest Appearances (Schools), 1947-1986 series 4box 23folder 1
ABA Programs and NBA Directory, 1932, 1973-1983 series 4box 23folder 2
Programs for Merle Evans and the Sarasota Concert Band, 1926-1928, 1966-1983 series 4box 23folder 3
Miscellaneous Band Programs, 1983-1986 series 4box 23folder 4
Various Directories and Programs, 1971-1985 series 4box 23folder 5
Miscellaneous Papers and Programs (Circus), 1920, 1966, 1978 and undated series 4box 23folder 6
Programs and Magazines for Hoxie Bros. Circus, 1972-1976 series 4box 23folder 7
Programs and Magazines for RBB&B, 1951-1955 series 4box 23folder 8
Programs and Magazines for RBB&B, 1956-1963 series 4box 23folder 9
Programs and Magazines for RBB&B, 1966-1967 series 4box 23folder 10
Oskaloosa High School Band, undated series 4box 24folder 1
Elkhart Municipal Band, 1953 series 4box 24folder 2

Series 5: Awards and Certificates, 1931-1987 (1 linear foot)

This series contains 44 certificates given to Merle Evans between 1931 and 1987. Materials are organized alphabetically by organization.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Aad Temple, Duluth, MN, 1960 series 5box 25folder 1
Aladdin Temple, Columbus, OH, 1958 series 5box 25folder 2
Aloha Temple, Honolulu, HI, 1948 series 5box 25folder 3
Antioch Temple, Dayton, OH, 1959 series 5box 25folder 4
Ararat Shrine Band, Kansas City, MO, 1964 series 5box 25folder 5
Arkansas Traveler, 1966 series 5box 25folder 6
City of Atlanta (Merle Evans Day), 1984 series 5box 25folder 7
Circus Hall of Fame, 1958 series 5box 25folder 8
Circus Saints and Sinners Club, 1944 series 5box 25folder 9
Commonwealth of Kentucky, 1975 series 5box 25folder 10
Damascus Temple, Rochester, NY, 1939 series 5box 25folder 11
Detroit Concert Band, 1984 series 5box 25folder 12
El Jebel Temple, Denver, CO, 1961 series 5box 25folder 13
J. Olin Armstrong, Pineville, MS, undated series 5box 25folder 14
Karem Temple, Waco, TX, 1956 series 5box 25folder 15
Kem Temple, Grand Forks, ND, undated series 5box 25folder 16
Khartum Temple, Winnipeg, Canada, 1957 series 5box 25folder 17
Kentucky Colonel Commission, 1978 series 5box 25folder 18
Kentucky-Admiral, 1986 series 5box 25folder 19
Kiwanis Club, Sarasota, Florida, 1972 series 5box 25folder 20
Lions Club, Guest Speaker, 1987 series 5box 25folder 21
Lexington Kentucky Honorary Citizen, Lexington, Kentucky, 1970 series 5box 25folder 22
Maskat Temple, Wichita Falls, TX, 1940 series 5box 25folder 23
Masonry (Scottish Rite), Wichita, KS, 1920, 1983 series 5box 25folder 24
Midian Temple, Wichita, KS, 1920 series 5box 25folder 25
Moslem Temple, Detroit, MI, 1931 series 5box 25folder 26
Oleika Temple, Lexington, KY, 1951 series 5box 25folder 27
Osman Temple, St. Paul, MN, 1958 series 5box 25folder 28
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Honorary Membership, 1983 series 5box 25folder 29
President Pro Tem/Senate Chamber, Pineville, Miss., 1983 series 5box 25folder 30
RCAF Canadian Society of Air Force Musicians, 1980 series 5box 25folder 31
RCAF Honorary Life Member, 1980 series 5box 25folder 32
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, 1984 series 5box 25folder 33
Rotary International, Sarasota Florida, 1978 series 5box 25folder 34
Saladin Temple, Grand Rapids, MI, 1957 series 5box 25folder 35
Sarasota Yacht Club, 1983 series 5box 25folder 36
Sells Floto Ring No. 34 (Circus Model Builders), 1972 series 5box 25folder 37
Snowfolks of Sarasota, 1984 series 5box 25folder 38
Society Tent Folk, undated series 5box 25folder 39
State of Minnesota Proclamation (Merle Evans Day), 1987 series 5box 25folder 40
Suez Temple, San Angelo, TX, 1966 series 5box 25folder 41
Tehala Temple, 1937 series 5box 25folder 42
Toby Tyler Circus, 1985 series 5box 25folder 43

Series 6: Band Music, 1897-1968, 1983 (8 linear feet)

This series contains 56 scores for band. All pieces except two consist of individual band parts. Materials are organized alphabetically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Abdallah (2), 1920 series 6box 26folder 1
The Air Battle March, 1941 series 6box 26folder 2
"Barnum & Bailey's Favorite" March (2), 1928 series 6box 26folder 3
The Bastinado Galop, undated series 6box 26folder 4
The Big Cage (2), 1934 series 6box 26folder 5
Bill Bailey, Arr. By Zane Van Auken, 1959 series 6box 26folder 6
Brazil (2 Copies), 1939 series 6box 26folder 7
Broadway One-Step (2), undated series 6box 26folder 8
The Cantonians (2), undated series 6box 26folder 9
Ching-Da-Ra-Sa, 1952 series 6box 26folder 10
The Circus Bee, 1908 series 6box 26folder 11
Circus Echoes (Galop), undated series 6box 26folder 12
The Circus Parade, 1904 series 6box 26folder 13
Clownette (3), 1926 series 6box 26folder 14
Copa Cabana (2), 1949 series 6box 27folder 1
The Crimson Flush March, undated series 6box 27folder 2
The Crimson Petal (2), 1901 series 6box 27folder 3
Dames (Fox Trot), 1934 series 6box 27folder 4
Fanfare #1, undated series 6box 27folder 5
From Tropic to Tropic March, undated series 6box 27folder 6
Galop. "Prince of Decorah", 1905 series 6box 27folder 7
Gentry's Triumphal March, 1900 series 6box 27folder 8
Georgia Girl (Two-Step) (2), 1914 series 6box 27folder 9
Go Galop, undated series 6box 27folder 10
Granada (2), 1932 series 6box 27folder 11
The Greatest Show on Earth (4), 1952 series 6box 27folder 12
Hello, Dolly, 1963 series 6box 27folder 13
Honey Boys on Parade March (2), 1971 series 6box 28folder 1
Jungle Queen (2), undated series 6box 28folder 2
Kentucky Sunrise (2), 1919 series 6box 28folder 3
Knights of the Road, 1917 series 6box 28folder 4
Love in Idleness, 1899 series 6box 28folder 5
The Man on the Flying Trapeze, 1933 series 6box 28folder 6
The Melody Shop, 1905 series 6box 28folder 7
Mr. Circus, 1968 series 6box 28folder 8
A Night in June, 1960 series 6box 28folder 9
Oleika Temple, 1932 series 6box 28folder 10
Olympia Hippodrome March, 1926 series 6box 28folder 11
Palm Garden Rag, 1908 series 6box 28folder 12
Quality-Plus, 1913 series 6box 28folder 13
Put on a Happy Face, 1963 series 6box 28folder 14
Radio Waves, 1922 series 6box 28folder 15
Ragbone Rascals-Trombone Rag, undated series 6box 28folder 16
Ragged Rozey, 1913 series 6box 28folder 17
Ringling Bros. Grand Entry, 1939 series 6box 28folder 18
Robbins Bros. Triumphal March, 1928 series 6box 28folder 19
Royal Bridesmaids March (2), 1908 series 6box 28folder 20
Royal Decree March, 1916 series 6box 28folder 21
Russian Circus March, undated series 6box 28folder 22
Sky Pilot Overture, undated series 6box 28folder 23
Smearin' Trombone No. 2, undated series 6box 29folder 1
Some Band Rag, 1915 series 6box 29folder 2
Spring Beautiful Spring, 1934 series 6box 29folder 3
Storm in El Caney, 1903 series 6box 29folder 4
Sunnyland Waltz, 1915 series 6box 29folder 5
Trombone Blues (3), 1918 series 6box 29folder 6
Trombonium, 1914 series 6box 29folder 7
The Walking Frog, undated series 6box 29folder 8
When I'm Alone, undated series 6box 29folder 9
"Widaman" Elephant March, undated series 6box 29folder 10
12th St. Rag, 1941 series 6box 29folder 11
Among the Roses Waltz (Oversized), 1897 series 6box 30folder 1
Buffalo Bill's Centennial (Oversized), 1936 series 6box 30folder 2
Clown Pantomime (Oversized), undated series 6box 30folder 3
Dresden China Dance (Oversized), undated series 6box 30folder 4
Entrance and Skip Rope Dance (Oversized), undated series 6box 30folder 5
Fanfare (Oversized), undated series 6box 31folder 1
Fanfare (Oversized), undated series 6box 31folder 2
Firehouse Rag (Oversized), 1936 series 6box 31folder 3
Hungarian Medley (Oversized), 1929 series 6box 31folder 4
Mechanical Doll Dance (Oversized), undated series 6box 31folder 5
Overture (Oversized), undated series 6box 31folder 6
Overture by Deem Taylor (Oversized), undated series 6box 32folder 1
Overture (Oversized), undated series 6box 32folder 2
Poet and Peasant (Oversized), 1911 series 6box 32folder 3
Poet and Peasant (Oversized), undated series 6box 32folder 4
Procession (Oversized), undated series 6box 33folder 1
Rocket Music (Oversized), undated series 6box 33folder 2
"Screw Ball" (Oversized), undated series 6box 33folder 3
Stars and Stripes (Oversized), undated series 6box 33folder 4
Thrill (Oversized), undated series 6box 33folder 5
Toy March (Oversized), undated series 6box 33folder 6
Train Music and Finale (Oversized), undated series 6box 34folder 1
Wedding of the Winds Waltz (Oversized), 1947 series 6box 34folder 2
Windjammer March (Oversized), 1983 series 6box 34folder 3

Series 7: Circus Publications, 1952-1988 (6 linear feet)

This series contains magazines and other publications pertaining to the circus, including Bandwagon Magazine, RBB&B Programs, and The White Tops. Materials are organized alphabetically by name of publication.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Bandwagon Magazine, 1952-1954 series 7box 35folder 1
Bandwagon Magazine, 1957 series 7box 35folder 2
Bandwagon Magazine, 1955-1957 series 7box 35folder 3
Bandwagon Magazine, 1958 series 7box 35folder 4
Bandwagon Magazine, 1959 series 7box 35folder 5
Bandwagon Magazine, 1960 series 7box 35folder 6
Bandwagon Magazine, 1961 series 7box 35folder 7
Bandwagon Magazine, 1962 series 7box 35folder 8
Bandwagon Magazine, 1963 series 7box 35folder 9
Bandwagon Magazine, 1964 series 7box 35folder 10
Bandwagon Magazine, 1965 series 7box 35folder 11
Bandwagon Magazine, 1966 series 7box 35folder 12
Bandwagon Magazine, 1967 series 7box 35folder 13
Bandwagon Magazine, 1968 series 7box 35folder 14
Bandwagon Magazine, 1969 series 7box 35folder 15
Bandwagon Magazine, 1970 series 7box 35folder 16
Bandwagon Magazine, 1971 series 7box 35folder 17
Bandwagon Magazine, 1972 series 7box 35folder 18
Bandwagon Magazine, 1973 series 7box 35folder 19
Bandwagon Magazine, 1974 series 7box 35folder 20
Bandwagon Magazine, 1975 series 7box 35folder 21
Bandwagon Magazine, 1976 series 7box 35folder 22
Bandwagon Magazine, 1977 series 7box 35folder 23
Bandwagon Magazine, 1978 series 7box 35folder 24
Bandwagon Magazine, 1979 series 7box 35folder 25
Bandwagon Magazine, 1980 series 7box 35folder 26
Bandwagon Magazine, 1981 series 7box 35folder 27
Bandwagon Magazine, 1982 series 7box 35folder 28
Bandwagon Magazine, 1983 series 7box 35folder 29
Bandwagon Magazine, 1984 series 7box 35folder 30
Bandwagon Magazine, 1985 series 7box 35folder 31
Bandwagon Magazine, 1986 series 7box 36folder 1
Bandwagon Magazine, 1987 series 7box 36folder 2
Circus Report, undated series 7box 36folder 3
Circus Review, 1953-1955 series 7box 36folder 4
Circus Review, 1956-1958 series 7box 36folder 5
Circus World Museum-Annual Report, 1973 series 7box 36folder 6
Circus World Museum-Souvenir Program, undated series 7box 36folder 7
Delevan Wisconsin Circus Historical Souvenir Magazine, 1970 series 7box 36folder 8
Guernsey's Auction Catalog-The Carousel at Auction, 1987 series 7box 36folder 9
Guernsey's Auction Catalog-Circus World Museum, 1987 series 7box 36folder 10
Guernsey's Auction Catalog-The Fairground at Auction, 1986 series 7box 36folder 11
Hobby Bandwagon/Hobby Swapper, 1947-1948 series 7box 36folder 12
Hobby Bandwagon/Hobby Swapper, 1949-1951 series 7box 36folder 13
Little Circus Wagon, 1966 series 7box 36folder 14
Little Circus Wagon, 1970 series 7box 36folder 15
Little Circus Wagon, 1971 series 7box 36folder 16
Little Circus Wagon, 1972 series 7box 36folder 17
Little Circus Wagon, 1973 series 7box 36folder 18
Little Circus Wagon, 1974 series 7box 36folder 19
Little Circus Wagon, 1975 series 7box 36folder 20
Little Circus Wagon, 1976 series 7box 36folder 21
Little Circus Wagon, 1977 series 7box 36folder 22
Little Circus Wagon, 1978 series 7box 36folder 23
Little Circus Wagon, 1979 series 7box 36folder 24
Little Circus Wagon, 1980 series 7box 36folder 25
Little Circus Wagon, 1981 series 7box 36folder 26
Little Circus Wagon, 1982 series 7box 36folder 27
Little Circus Wagon, 1983 series 7box 36folder 28
Little Circus Wagon, 1984 series 7box 36folder 29
Little Circus Wagon, 1985 series 7box 36folder 30
Little Circus Wagon, 1987 series 7box 36folder 31
Fanfare Vol. 1, #1 & 2, undated series 7box 36folder 32
Today Is Circus Day In _? (Vol. 10, No. 1-32, except 2), 1975 series 7box 37folder 1
Today Is Circus Day In _? (Vol. 26, No. 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, unknown), 1976 series 7box 37folder 2
Today Is Circus Day In _? (Vol. 37, No. 1-32, except 2, 3, 6, 11, 19), 1977 series 7box 37folder 3
Today Is Circus Day In _? (Vol. 38, No. 1-32), 1978 series 7box 37folder 4
Today Is Circus Day In _? (Vol. 39, No. 1-33, except 9, 16), 1979 series 7box 37folder 5
Today Is Circus Day In _? (Vol. 40, No. 1-32), 1980 series 7box 37folder 6
Today Is Circus Day In _? (Vol. 41, No. 1-32), 1981 series 7box 37folder 7
Today Is Circus Day In _? (Vol. 42, No. 1-42), 1982 series 7box 37folder 8
Today Is Circus Day In _? (Vol. 43, No. 1-50), 1983 series 7box 37folder 9
Today Is Circus Day In _? (Vol. 44, No. 1-4), 1984 series 7box 37folder 10
RBB&B Circus Program & Magazine, 99th Edition, 1969 series 7box 38folder 1
RBB&B Circus Programs, 1970 series 7box 38folder 2
RBB&B Circus Program, 101st Edition, 1971-1972 series 7box 38folder 3
RBB&B Circus Program, 102nd Edition, 1972 series 7box 38folder 4
RBB&B Circus Program, 103rd Edition, 1973 series 7box 38folder 5
RBB&B Circus Program & Magazine, 104th Edition, 1974-1975 series 7box 38folder 6
RBB&B Circus Program & Magazine, 106th Edition, 1976 series 7box 39folder 1
RBB&B Circus Program & Magazine, 107th Edition, 1977-1978 series 7box 39folder 2
RBB&B Circus Program & Magazine, 108th Edition, 1978 series 7box 39folder 3
RBB&B Circus Program & Magazine, 109th Edition, 1980 series 7box 39folder 4
RBB&B Circus Program & Magazine, 110th Edition, 1981 series 7box 39folder 5
RBB&B Circus Program & Magazine, 111th Edition, 1982 series 7box 39folder 6
RBB&B Circus Program & Magazine, 112th Edition, 1982 series 7box 39folder 7
RBB&B Circus Program & Magazine, 115th Edition, 1985 series 7box 39folder 8
RBB&B Combined Shows-Annual Report, 1969 series 7box 40folder 1
RBB&B Radio -T.V. Program, 1955 series 7box 40folder 2
Ringling Museum of the Circus, 1963 series 7box 40folder 3
Southern Sawdust (No. 63-65), 1970 series 7box 40folder 4
Southern Sawdust (No. 66-69), 1971 series 7box 40folder 5
Southern Sawdust (No. 71-73), 1972 series 7box 40folder 6
Southern Sawdust (No. 74-77), 1973 series 7box 40folder 7
Southern Sawdust (No. 78-81), 1974 series 7box 40folder 8
Southern Sawdust (No. 82-85), 1975 series 7box 40folder 9
Southern Sawdust (No. 86-89), 1976 series 7box 40folder 10
Southern Sawdust (No. 90-93), 1977 series 7box 40folder 11
Southern Sawdust (No. 94-97), 1978 series 7box 40folder 12
Southern Sawdust (No. 98-101), 1979 series 7box 40folder 13
Toby Tyler-Three Ring Circus Souvenir Magazine, 1975 series 7box 40folder 14
The White Tops, 1956 series 7box 40folder 15
The White Tops, 1964 series 7box 40folder 16
The White Tops, 1969 series 7box 40folder 17
The White Tops, 1970 series 7box 40folder 18
The White Tops, 1974 series 7box 40folder 19
The White Tops, 1975 series 7box 40folder 20
The White Tops, 1976 series 7box 40folder 21
The White Tops, 1977 series 7box 40folder 22
The White Tops, 1980 series 7box 40folder 23
The White Tops, 1981 series 7box 40folder 24
The White Tops, 1982 series 7box 40folder 25
The White Tops, 1983 series 7box 40folder 26
The White Tops, 1984 series 7box 40folder 27
The White Tops, 1985 series 7box 40folder 28
The White Tops, 1986 series 7box 40folder 29
The White Tops, 1987 series 7box 40folder 30

Series 8: Business Papers, 1939-1986 (1.75 linear feet)

This series contains papers pertaining to the business aspects of the circus and of band appearances of Merle Evans. Materials are organized chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Circus Routine, undated series 8box 41folder 1
Hand-written Notes, undated series 8box 41folder 2
Merle Evans, Route Books, undated series 8box 41folder 3
Stewards Orders, Logistics, and Diet Schedules, undated series 8box 41folder 4
Circus Programs, 1951-1969 series 8box 41folder 5
Announcements of Circus Routine and Music, 1955-1968 series 8box 41folder 6
Band Concert Schedules and Programs, 1968-1978 series 8box 41folder 7
American Bandmasters Association Convention, 1972 series 8box 41folder 8
Hoxie Bros. Circus Route's, 1972-1984 series 8box 41folder 9
Concert & Circus Band Music Inventory, 1977 series 8box 41folder 10
Carnegie Hall Performance, 1984 series 8box 41folder 11
RBB&B Official Tour Route, 1955 series 8box 42folder 1
RBB&B Official Tour Route, 1959 series 8box 42folder 2
RBB&B Official Tour Route, 1960 series 8box 42folder 3
RBB&B Official Tour Route, 1961 series 8box 42folder 4
RBB&B Official Tour Route, 1963 series 8box 42folder 6
RBB&B Official Tour Route, 1964 series 8box 42folder 7
RBB&B Official Tour Route, 1965 series 8box 42folder 8
RBB&B Official Tour Route, 1966 series 8box 42folder 9
RBB&B Official Tour Route, 1966 series 8box 42folder 10
Hubert Castle Circus Official Tour Route, 1966 series 8box 42folder 11
RBB&B Red Unit Official Tour Route, 1967 series 8box 42folder 12
RBB&B Red Unit Official Tour Route, 1968 series 8box 42folder 13
RBB&B Red Unit Official Tour Route, 1969 series 8box 42folder 14
RBB&B Red Unit Official Tour Route, 1969 series 8box 42folder 15
RBB&B Red Unit Official Tour Route, 1970 series 8box 42folder 16
RBB&B Red Unit Official Tour Route, 1970 series 8box 42folder 17
RBB&B Red Unit Official Tour Route, 1971 series 8box 42folder 18
RBB&B Red Unit Official Tour Route, 1971 series 8box 42folder 19
RBB&B Red Unit Official Tour Route, 1972 series 8box 42folder 20
RBB&B Red Unit Official Tour Route, 1972 series 8box 42folder 21
RBB&B Red Unit Official Tour Route, 1973 series 8box 42folder 22
RBB&B Red Unit Official Tour Route, 1973 series 8box 42folder 23
RBB&B Red Unit Official Tour Route, 1974 series 8box 42folder 24
RBB&B Red Unit Official Tour Route, 1974 series 8box 42folder 25
RBB&B Red Unit Official Tour Route, 1975 series 8box 42folder 26
RBB&B Red Unit Official Tour Route, 1975 series 8box 42folder 27
RBB&B Blue Unit Official Tour Route, 1976 series 8box 42folder 28
RBB&B Red Unit Official Tour Route, 1976 series 8box 42folder 29
RBB&B Red and Blue Units Official Tour Route, 1977 series 8box 42folder 30
RBB&B Blue Unit Official Tour Route, 1978 series 8box 42folder 31
RBB&B Red Unit Official Tour Route, 1978 series 8box 42folder 32
RBB&B Blue Unit Official Tour Route, 1979 series 8box 42folder 33
RBB&B Red Unit Official Tour Route, 1979 series 8box 42folder 34
Clyde Bealty-Cole Bros. Official Tour Route, 1980 series 8box 42folder 35
RBB&B Red and Blue Units Official Tour Route, 1980 series 8box 42folder 36
RBB&B Red and Blue Units Official Tour Route, 1981 series 8box 42folder 37
Additional RBB&B Route Maps-Red and Blue, 1968-1972 series 8box 42folder 38
RBB&B Route Book, 1949 series 8box 43folder 1
RBB&B Route Book, 1949 series 8box 43folder 2
RBB&B Route Book, 1949 series 8box 43folder 3
RBB&B Route Book, 1949 series 8box 43folder 4
RBB&B Route Book, 1949 series 8box 43folder 5
RBB&B Route Book, 1949 series 8box 43folder 6
RBB&B Route Book, 1952 series 8box 43folder 7
RBB&B Route Book, 1952 series 8box 43folder 8
RBB&B Route Book, 1952 series 8box 43folder 9
RBB&B Route Book, 1953 series 8box 43folder 10
RBB&B Route Book, 1953 series 8box 43folder 11
RBB&B Route Book, 1953 series 8box 43folder 12
RBB&B Route Book, 1953 series 8box 43folder 13
RBB&B Route Book, 1954 series 8box 43folder 14
RBB&B Route Book, 1954 series 8box 43folder 15
RBB&B Route Book, 1954 series 8box 43folder 16
RBB&B Route Book, 1954 series 8box 43folder 17
RBB&B Route Book, 1954 series 8box 43folder 18
RBB&B Route Book, 1954 series 8box 43folder 19
RBB&B Route Book, 1954 series 8box 43folder 20
RBB&B Route Book, 1954 series 8box 43folder 21
RBB&B Route Book, 1954 series 8box 43folder 22
RBB&B Route Book, 1954 series 8box 43folder 23
RBB&B Route Book, 1954 series 8box 43folder 24
RBB&B Route Book, 1954 series 8box 43folder 25
RBB&B Route Book, 1954 series 8box 43folder 26
RBB&B Route Book, 1954 series 8box 43folder 27
RBB&B Route Book, 1954 series 8box 43folder 28
RBB&B Route Book, 1954 series 8box 43folder 29
RBB&B Route Book, 1954 series 8box 43folder 30
RBB&B Route Book, 1954 series 8box 43folder 31
RBB&B Route Book, 1954 series 8box 43folder 32
RBB&B Route Book, 1954 series 8box 43folder 33
RBB&B Route Book, 1954 series 8box 43folder 34
RBB&B Route Book, 1954 series 8box 43folder 35
RBB&B Route Book, 1955 series 8box 43folder 36
RBB&B Route Book, 1955 series 8box 43folder 37
RBB&B Route Book, 1955 series 8box 43folder 38
RBB&B Route Book, 1955 series 8box 43folder 39
RBB&B Route Book, 1955 series 8box 43folder 40
RBB&B Route Book, 1955 series 8box 43folder 41
RBB&B Route Book, 1964 series 8box 43folder 42
RBB&B Route Book, 1964 series 8box 43folder 43
RBB&B Route Book, 1964 series 8box 43folder 44
RBB&B Route Book, 1964 series 8box 43folder 45
RBB&B Route Book, 1964 series 8box 43folder 46
RBB&B Route Book, 1964 series 8box 43folder 47
RBB&B Route Book, 1964 series 8box 43folder 48
RBB&B Route Book, 1964 series 8box 43folder 49
RBB&B Route Book, 1964 series 8box 43folder 50
RBB&B Route Book, 1964 series 8box 43folder 51
RBB&B Route Book, 1964 series 8box 43folder 52
RBB&B Route Book, 1964 series 8box 43folder 53
RBB&B Route Book, 1964 series 8box 43folder 54
RBB&B Route Book, 1964 series 8box 43folder 55
RBB&B Route Book, 1964 series 8box 43folder 56
RBB&B Route Book, 1964 series 8box 43folder 57
RBB&B Route Book, 1964 series 8box 43folder 58
RBB&B Route Book, 1964 series 8box 43folder 59
RBB&B Route Book, 1964 series 8box 43folder 60
RBB&B Route Book, 1964 series 8box 43folder 61
RBB&B Route Book, 1964 series 8box 43folder 62
RBB&B Route Book, 1965 series 8box 43folder 63
RBB&B Route Book, 1965 series 8box 43folder 64
RBB&B Route Book, 1965 series 8box 43folder 65
RBB&B Route Book, 1965 series 8box 43folder 66
RBB&B Route Book, 1965 series 8box 43folder 67
RBB&B Route Book, 1965 series 8box 43folder 68
RBB&B Route Book, 1965 series 8box 43folder 69
RBB&B Route Book, 1965 series 8box 43folder 70
RBB&B Route Book, 1965 series 8box 43folder 71
RBB&B Route Book, 1966 series 8box 43folder 72
RBB&B Route Book, 1966 series 8box 43folder 73
RBB&B Route Book, 1966 series 8box 43folder 74
RBB&B Route Book, 1966 series 8box 43folder 75

Series 9: Clothing, undated (3 linear feet)

This series contains six hats from Merle Evans's association with the circus and with the Masons/Shriners. Materials are organized chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
1 Red and Black Band Uniform Hat, undated series 9box 44folder 1
1 Blue Band Uniform Hat with Gold Trim, "Merle Slease Evans" Embroidered inside, undated series 9box 44folder 2
1 Maroon "Midian Band" Fez, undated series 9box 45folder 1
1 Black "Al Sirat" Fez, undated series 9box 45folder 2
1 Maroon "Midian SS" Fez, undated series 9box 45folder 3
1 Maroon "Moslem" Fez, undated series 9box 45folder 4

Series 10: Posters, 1971- 1984 and undated (2 linear feet)

This series contains six posters for performances relating to Merle Evans and the circus. Materials are organized alphabetically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Cherry Hill Symphonic Band, "Merle Evans Bandmaster" Poster, undated series 10box 46folder 1
Edwards Baking Company, "A Night at the Circus" Poster, 1984 series 10box 46folder 2
The Great Schlitz Circus Parade Poster, 1973 series 10box 46folder 3
Merle Evans Poster, 1971 series 10box 46folder 4
The Oconomowoc American Legion Band with Merle Evans Poster, undated series 10box 46folder 5
United States Army Band, "A Tribute to Merle Evans" Poster, undated series 10box 46folder 6

Series 11: Books and Papers, 1907-1983 and undated (0.5 linear feet)

This series contains pedagogical books on brass instruments, essays, and articles of memorabilia pertaining to the circus. Materials are organized alphabetically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Bachman, Harold B. Program Building. Chicago: Frederick Charles Inc., 1962. series 11box 47folder 1
Business Papers, 1912, 1966-1968 series 11box 47folder 2
De LaMora, Antonio. The Cornetist's Alphabet. De LaMora Publishing Co., 1918. series 11box 47folder 3
Evans, Merle. This or That. Merle Evans, 1983. series 11box 47folder 4
Green, James J. All the World's A Stage. James J. Green Publishing, 1976. series 11box 47folder 5
Janvier, Carmelite. Whimsical Madam New Orleans. Carmelite. Janvier, 1928. series 11box 47folder 6
Jousse's Catechsim of Music. Boston: Evans Music Co., 1907. series 11box 47folder 7
Lozano, Pedro. Collections of Suggestions for Brass Players. New York: Pedro Lozano, 1927. series 11box 47folder 8
Lozano, Pedro. Harmony Applied to Jazz or the Art of Improvising. New York: Pedro Lozano Publishing Co., 1930. series 11box 47folder 9
Lozano, Pedro. Lip Training Exercises. New York: Pedro Lozano, 1928. series 11box 47folder 10
Martyn, Charles. "Hawkisms." CFM Publications, 1983. series 11box 47folder 11
Modern Daily Warm-Ups and Drills. New York: Carl Fischer, Inc., 1976. series 11box 47folder 12
Plowden, Gene. Merle Evans: Maestro of the Circus. Florida: E. A. Seeman Publishing, Inc., 1971. (2) series 11box 47folder 13
Reeder Jr., Warren A. No Performances Today. Indiana: North State Press, Inc., 1972. series 11box 47folder 14
Yoder, Paul & Roselyn. A Family Christmas Album. New York: Charles Hansen Music and Books, 1968. series 11box 47folder 15
York, Francis L. Counterpoint Simplified. Boston: Oliver Ditson Co., 1907. series 11box 47folder 16

Series 12: Memorabilia, 1883-1988 and undated (2.5 linear feet)

This series contains circus and personal memorabilia including nameplates, postcards, and medals. Materials are organized chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
School Group Photo with Merle Evans in Frame, undated series 12box 48folder 1
Key to the City of Jamestown, New York, undated series 12box 48folder 2
Clown Picture, undated series 12box 48folder 3
2 Florida License Plates, undated series 12box 48folder 4
Music Brain, undated series 12box 48folder 5
Central Methodist College Appreciation Plaque Presented to Merle Evans, 1985 series 12box 48folder 6
RBB&B Centennial Shows License Plates, undated series 12box 48folder 7
Elephant Cane, undated series 12box 48folder 8
Merle Evans Name plate, undated series 12box 48folder 9
Merle Evans Wood Name Plate, 1958 series 12box 48folder 10
Wooden Block for Merle Evans's 92nd Birthday Concert, 1984 series 12box 48folder 11
Merle Evans Circus Band Music Folder with cover from The Billboard, 1950 series 12box 48folder 12
Daughters of the U.D.C. Sheet Music, signed by Maude Johnson Howe Chenette, 1970 series 12box 48folder 13
Merle Evans, Bandmaster Door Sign, undated series 12box 48folder 14
Merle Evans Cloth Banner, undated series 12box 48folder 15
Postcards, undated series 12box 48folder 16
Happy Birthday Ashtray, undated series 12box 49folder 1
1 Billfold, undated series 12box 49folder 2
1 Billfold with Merle Evans' Name, undated series 12box 49folder 3
Business/Organization Cards (69), undated series 12box 49folder 4
RBB&B 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coins (4), 1970-1971 series 12box 49folder 5
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity Pin, undated series 12box 49folder 6
Merle Evans Funeral Notice, 1988 series 12box 49folder 7
Horse Shoe Strap/Ring, undated series 12box 49folder 8
RBB&B Letter Opener, undated series 12box 49folder 9
7 Russia Medals, undated series 12box 49folder 10
Commemorative Scottish Rite Mason's Medal, 1988 series 12box 49folder 11
Picture of Merle Evans in a Gold Frame, undated series 12box 49folder 12
Pocket Manuscript Pads (4), undated series 12box 49folder 13
Gold Railroad Spike, undated series 12box 49folder 14
1 Man's Ring, undated series 12box 49folder 15
Ringling Brothers Golden Jubilee Scissors, 1883-1933 series 12box 49folder 16
1 Tie Bar, undated series 12box 49folder 17
Tuning Fork/Case, undated series 12box 49folder 18
Circus Model builders Exhibit Ribbons, undated series 12box 49folder 19
C.M.B. Honoring Merle Evans, undated series 12box 50folder 1
Folio Cards, Fliers, 1967-1975 series 12box 50folder 2
Music Catalogs, 1959, 1964 series 12box 50folder 3
Assorted Postcards, 1924, 1966, 1970 series 12box 50folder 4
Drawings, 1939, 1953, 1971 series 12box 50folder 5
RBB&B Calendar, 1987 series 12box 50folder 6
Oom Pah Pah Exhibition Book, 1983 series 12box 50folder 7
The Instrumentalist, 1988 series 12box 50folder 8
American Heritage Magazine, 1964 series 12box 50folder 9
American Heritage Magazine, 1962 series 12box 50folder 10
Readers Digest, 1939 series 12box 50folder 11
National Geographic Magazine, 1949 series 12box 50folder 12
National Geographic Magazine, 1950 series 12box 50folder 13
Windjammers Hall of Fames Composers, 1986 series 12box 50folder 14
"The Greatest Show on Earth", 1968 series 12box 50folder 15
Eterna by Getzen Cornet, belonging to Merle Evans (Housed Separately in Black Instrument Case), undated series 12box 51folder 1

Series 13: Recordings, undated (0.5 linear feet)

This series contains two recordings (7-inch EPs) of circus music played by the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus Band under the direction of Merle Evans. Materials are organized alphabetically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Capitol Records: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Band, "Circus Parade," Conducted by Merle Evans, undated series 13box 52folder 1
Capitol Records: RBB&B, "Circus Band," Conducted by Merle Evans, undated series 13box 52folder 2

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The Merle Evans Papers are part of the American Bandmasters Association Research Center.

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