The William W. Dunkle Theatre and Circus collection, created by local and national newspaper columnist, William W. Dunkle (1873 - 1940), and available to researchers, presents the most complete history of the theatre in South Bend, Indiana and surrounding areas during the time period of 1890 - 1940. 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 were digitized as part ot the Indiana Memory Digital Library and were 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 at or by phone at (574) 232-5282 for more information on using these collections and to make a research appointment.