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Louis and Elizabeth Selzer Papers

Identifier: MC 2365

  • Staff Only

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the personal papers, primarily photographs and correspondence, of Louis and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Selzer, a couple involved with traveling circuses and carnivals in the American South and Midwest.

Other materials include financial records and ephemera. Photographs are primarily of people, many of whom are not identified; other photographs document circus and carnival performers and scenes, including the Selzers' shooting gallery and trained monkeys.


  • circa 1890-1963


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

Louis William Selzer was born November 27, 1873, in Chicago, Illinois to Fannie Bell Mills and Frank Selzer. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Brun was born August 9, 1880, in Morris, Oklahoma. The couple married circa 1903. They had a long career with traveling circuses and carnivals; Louis Selzer performed as a high wire artist, and the couple jointly operated a shooting gallery and trained monkeys. The Selzers eventually settled in Monticello, Arkansas. Louis Selzer passed away September 20, 1955, and Elizabeth Selzer passed away in February 1971.


1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by format. Photographs are further arranged by subject; when identifiable, photographs of the same event or individuals have been grouped together.

Acquisition Information

The Louis and Elizabeth Selzer Papers were donated to the Special Collections Department by David Lee Campbell of Folsom, Louisiana, on February 15, 2019. The papers were originally found on Campbell's family's farm in Monticello, Arkansas.

Processing Information

Processed by Katrina Windon; completed in June 2019.

Louis and Elizabeth Selzer Papers
Katrina Windon
June 2019
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States