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George DeMott papers

Title
George DeMott papers, circa 1890-1954.
Author
DeMott, George, 1907-1986.
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Box/Folder 30Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1956-003 Box/Folder 30Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box/Folder 31Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1956-003 Box/Folder 31Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 1Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1956-003 Box 1Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 2Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1956-003 Box 2Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 3Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1956-003 Box 3Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 4Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1956-003 Box 4Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 5Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1956-003 Box 5Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 6Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1956-003 Box 6Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 7Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1956-003 Box 7Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 8Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1956-003 Box 8Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 9Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1956-003 Box 9Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 10Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1956-003 Box 10Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 11Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1956-003 Box 11Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 12Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1956-003 Box 12Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 13Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1956-003 Box 13Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 14Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1956-003 Box 14Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 15Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1956-003 Box 15Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 16Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1956-003 Box 16Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 17Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1956-003 Box 17Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 18Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1956-003 Box 18Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre

Details

Description
24.3 lin. ft. (29 boxes + 2 oversize folders)
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Correspondence.
  • Appointment books.
  • Contracts.
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Source (note)
  • DeMott, George
Biography (note)
  • George DeMott was a juggler, magician, professional clown, collector of show business materials, and the author of a how-to book on juggling.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Finding aid available in repository and on the Internet.
Processing Action (note)
  • Processed
Call Number
*T-Mss 1956-003
Author
DeMott, George, 1907-1986.
Title
George DeMott papers, circa 1890-1954.
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Summary
The George DeMott papers consist of correspondence, some diaries/appointment books, contracts, photographs, and scrapbooks. This material is almost all business related, and there are no significant personal papers. The papers are divided into two distinct parts, with some overlap: items such as contracts and correspondence that relate to the career of Mr. DeMott, and items such as posters, brochures, etc., that he collected, and placed into scrapbooks. The section of the DeMott papers devoted to Booking Agencies and Agents (Series IV) is divided into 18 sub-series, and contains a great deal of correspondence detailing the difficulties George DeMott and his wife Fanny faced booking their act into schools. The scrapbooks comprise the bulk of the collection and contain a variety of items, including clippings, posters, brochures, correspondence, handbills, fliers, photographs, and programs. The oversized material includes a poster and a road map.
Biography
George DeMott was a juggler, magician, professional clown, collector of show business materials, and the author of a how-to book on juggling. Born on July 21, 1907, George DeMott was raised on a farm in Millville, Pennsylvania. At the age of 18, while working as a doorman at the Fox Theatre in Philadelphia, he reportedly met Harry Houdini and juggler William Hilton, an encounter that inspired the direction of his career. He began as a clown, touring the U.S. and Canada with various circuses, and also performed at parks, fairs, and department stores. For about 15 years (1939-1954) DeMott and his wife Fanny toured the school assembly circuit, primarily in the Midwestern U.S., often performing several short programs per day, and logging thousands of miles in a single season. Mr. DeMott also sought to promote the arts of juggling and magic, and in addition to writing articles on these subjects for a number of show business journals, wrote and illustrated a how-to book, WANT TO BE A JUGGLER?, published in 1962. He was a member of the International Jugglers Association, the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and numerous other professional organizations, and also collected theatrical ephemera, particularly items related to the Chautauqua and Lyceum circuits. George Wilbur DeMott died on October 22, 1986 in Leesburg, Florida, at the age of 79.
Indexes
Finding aid available in repository and on the Internet.
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Research Call Number
*T-Mss 1956-003
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