The Raffaele De Ritis Collection
and Library of Performing Arts




Started as an hobby in the early 70s, the private Raffaele De Ritis Collection and Library on Performing Arts houses today about 10.000 documents and memorabilia on circus, magic and live entertainment.

It is accessible by appointment for scholars and researchers.

The collection is housed in Pescara, Italy.

 The library, regularly updated, is composed by more than 600 classics of the world circus literature from the origins. 

International circus history is  documented with about 1000 playbills and posters and 2000 program-magazines and brochures.

The video archives contains thousands of circus act recordings from the 1960s on.

The engraving collection includes works dating back XIV century.