The mission of the TEGGE CIRCUS ARCHIVES, an independently owned and administered collection, is to help preserve and to promote the history and culture of the traditional circus through touring exhibitions, informative lectures, educational workshops, and the media.
Amassed over a period of four decades by Timothy Noel Tegge, its holdings date back to the late 1700's, integrating thousands of original lithographed posters, advertising materials, and photographic images; countless hours of motion picture footage and audio recordings; and hundreds of vintage costumes, artifacts, and specialty items. Since its founding in 1985, portions of this impressive collection have been displayed in numerous museums and galleries across the United States and Canada, featured in several television and motion picture productions, included throughout the pages of books and publications, and employed by researchers, authors, and producers worldwide.
Currently, "Step Right Up: Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965," a major exhibition produced by Exhibits USA and curated by Timothy Tegge, is on a national tour of museums through March 2018. The core exhibit features nearly one hundred individual items, all selected exclusively from this massive collection.