Oklahoma State University

Welcome to The “Big Top” Show Goes On: An Oral History of Occupations Inside and Outside the Canvas Circus Tent

This oral history project aims to preserve the voices and experiences of those involved with the work culture associated with Hugo, Oklahoma’s tent circus tradition. Many circuses have called Hugo home through the years, but only three currently remain. As the number of traditional tent circuses dwindles, their continued existence in Oklahoma is a testament to the dedication this circus community has for providing a magical experience to be shared by people of all ages. Made possible by a 2011 Archie Green Fellowship from the American Folklife Center, oral history transcripts, recordings, and images from this project are available not only at the OSU Library in Stillwater but also the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

For more information about this project, contact researchers Tanya Finchum or Juliana Nykolaiszyn with the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at 405-744-7685 or e-mail liboh@okstate.edu.

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Oklahoma Oral History Research Program
Oklahoma State University
207 Edmon Low Library
Stillwater, OK 74078

Phone: 405-744-7685
Email: liboh@okstate.edu