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Charles Hague Davis papers

Identifier: c-00387

Scope and Contents

The papers include a scrapbook (1899-1955) containing Davis' circus business correspondence, photographs, and newspaper clippings; and a photocopy of a biographical sketch of Davis written in 1956 by his daughter, Mildred Davis Barr; and a 1908 program for the Barnum and Bailey Circus.


  • Creation: 1899 - 1956

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Davis was a showman and business manager for the Gentry Brothers Dog and Pony Shows, and the Ringling Brothers Circus. He negotiated the purchase of the Barnum and Bailey Circus for Ringling Brothers. After severing his connection with Ringling Brothers, Davis returned to his home town of Lansing, Michigan, where he became a prominent businessman and civic leader, and served as secretary of the Lansing Chamber of Commerce (1914-1928).


0.1 Cubic Feet (4 folders)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. Charles W. Barr, 1966-05-17. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University

Property Rights: Michigan State University

Genre / Form



Charles Hague Davis Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
July 1967
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US