Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce a new finding aid published for the Leondor Brothers collection (Ax 082). The finding aid is available on Archives West.
This collection is primarily focused on Mae and Charles Leondor, but also relates to Will Leondor, as well as other circus acts, performers, and troupes. Mae Leondor was a vocalist performer in the late 1800s and early 1900s. She married Charles Leondor, (Charles Landauer) who was an acrobat performer. Charles began performing in “The 9 Landauer Troupe”, and later created the Bothers Leondor act with his brother William. Sometimes the act was performed as a duo and sometimes, with the addition of Mae, it was performed as a trio. Mae continued performing as a vocalist when she was not performing with her husband and brother-in-law. The performers recreated famous artworks, and gladiatorial scenes while dressed to look like stone. They also had a particularly popular act where they told the story of the Civil War in nine scenes. The Brothers and Mae traveled west to Oregon at the turn of the century. While they continued to perform across the country, Portland became the home of Mae and Charles Leondor.