Primarily business papers of St. John Terrell (d. 1998), an actor-businessman who founded and operated several music circuses, combining aspects of a traditional circus and the legitimate theater. Included for the Lambertville (New Jersey) Music Circus are general correspondence and such business records as casting correspondence and audition lists, personnel files, contracts, financial statements, production and operating reports, budgets, box office statements, tax returns, insurance records, advertising and publicity materials, and records regarding equipment and physical plant improvements. There are only fragmentary production files concerning plays and musicals produced from 1949, when the Lambertville Music Circus was established, through 1961. Several of Terrell's other music circuses in New Jersey, Florida, California, and Texas are represented by small quantities of records, as are the Motor Music Circus and Musical Arena Theatres' Association.
The processed portion is summarized above and is described in the register. Additional accessions are described below.