Manuscripts - P.T. Barnum Digital Collection
The manuscript sub-collection includes hand-written material as well as items related to it. Correspondence collections, and a 700+-page copy book of Barnum’s letters written while in France in the mid-1840s, form the major portion of this sub-collection. There are also individual manuscript items, and an early ledger as well as an assortment of letters and documents in the Salmagundi Ledger. Examples of Barnum’s memo books from his later years, filled with his to-do lists and reminders contrast with his decorative “blank” journals from an earlier period, filled with fine engravings yet lacking any notes. Barnum’s address book, a stereotype printing plate of a Barnum letter, and examples of blank letterhead stationery are also included.
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