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BERNARD FAMILY PAPERS, RG5300, 1899-1989

Series I, Subject Files, 1905-1989 
                                                                
The Four Merrills

The records in this series document to some extent the lengthy circus and vaudeville careers of the Bernard family, a high wire, acrobatic, and tumbling act, whose members made their home for many years in Lakeland, Florida. Included are correspondence, certificates of achievement, newspaper clippings, posters, and programs relating to the nearly seventy year career of three generations of the Bernard family.

The posters and programs are particularly interesting in that they trace the various stage names under which the family performed, reveal which family members were involved in which act and when, and the type of act featured. The family performed under a variety of names, including the Bernard's, the Four Bernadino's, the Merrill Brothers and Sister, the Merrill Brothers, and the Four Merrill's. Merrill was the maiden name of the mother of family patriarch, Floyd Bernard, who himself performed under the stage names of Floyd Merrill and Don Bernardo.

The records in this series are arranged alphabetically by name, subject, or type of record and chronologically within folders. Oversize items are housed in a folio box at the end of the collection.

BOX

FOLDER

FOLDER TITLE

DATES

1

1

Bernard, Floyd M.:  Memorial Card

1976

   

2

Bernard, Howard E.:  Honorable Discharge From the Army

1944

      

3

Bernard, Maude:  Memorial Card

1989

    

4

The Bernadino's:  Posters

n.d.

    

5

The Bernard's:  Poster.  See:  Oversize

@1915

     

6

Certificates.  See also:  Oversize

1972-79 scattered

    

7

Correspondence

1942, 1953, 1966, 1989

   

8

Merrill Brothers and Sister:  Posters and Programs.
     See:  Oversize

1928, n.d.

    

9

Nevco Amusement Enterprises:  Client Brochure

n.d.

    

10

Newspaper Clippings.  See also:  Oversize

1905-90 scattered

   

11

Programs: Miscellaneous.  See also:  Oversize

1925-63 scattered