William W. Dunkle
The William W. Dunkle Theatre and Circus collection, created by local and national newspaper columnist, William W. Dunkle (1873 - 1940), and available to researchers, this unique collection presents the most complete history of the theatre in South Bend, Indiana and surrounding areas during the time period of 1890 - 1940. The derogatory terms, images, and ideas that appear in some of this collection represent the attitudes of a portion of society at the time they were created. As such, it is hoped that this collection can aid scholars to understand the evolution of popular American entertainment over almost 50 years and the racial stereotypes from the end of the 19th to the middle of the 20th century. Interwoven in the theatrical collection featuring interviews and photographs of prominent stars of the era are programs, articles and photographs that pertain to circuses, both locally and nationally.
The contents of the William W. Dunkle Theatre and Circus collection is being digitized as part ot the Indiana Memory Digital Library and is made possible by a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.
Materials from the William W. Dunkle Theatre and Circus collection do not circulate but may be used in the Archives and are available online at Indiana Memory. Contact the Archives for more information on using these collections and to make a research appointment.
The Special Book Collections are located in room B26 in the lower level of the Library. Contact us at (574) 284-5287 for more information about the use of the Rare Book Collections and to make a research appointment.