Barnum was born on July 5, 1810 in Bethel, Connecticut. In 1835 he found his true calling--show business. In 1841 he obtained the American Museum in New York City, which became a famous place of amusement. About 1877, he became a partner of James A. Bailey and in 1879 Bailey originated the two-ring circus. He died April 7, 1891 at 80 years, 9 months of age.
Five children's books about the circus, a brochure announcing the show in London, an 1873 advertisement for the Great Traveling World's Fair of Barnum's, and two scrapbooks.
P.T. Barnum Collection, 1873-1890, Archives Center, National Museum of American History