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MS Thr 458

Fokine, Michel, 1880-1942. Michel Fokine papers: Guide.

Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library


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Last update on 2010 March 1

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 458
Creator: Fokine, Michel, 1880-1942.
Title: Michel Fokine papers,
Date(s): 1906-1964.
Quantity: 20 boxes (8 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in Russian, English, and French.
Abstract: Correspondence, clippings, photographs and costumes documenting the career of the Russian dancer and choreographer Michel Fokine.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Irina Klyagin

Acquisition Information:

*2003MT-212. Purchased with the Howard Rothschild fund; received: 2016 September 2.

Access Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Michel Fokine Papers (MS Thr 458). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Historical Note

Michel Fokine (1880-1942) was a Russian ballet dancer and choreographer. He created his best-known ballets during the years of 1909-1914 when he served as choreographer for Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. In 1919 he moved to the United States where he lived and worked until his death.


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Scope and Content

The collection represents various aspects of Michel Fokine’s long career in dance, particularly from his years in America. It contains personal and business correspondence primarily from his American period. It also contains manuscripts of his critical essays in Russian and English, including an unfinished essay on Serge Diaghilev; biographical material, including complete lists of his works in Russian and English; music scores for his ballets; choreographic notes, including synopsis for his last unfinished ballet La Belle Hélèn; some financial records; costumes and shoes, and clippings from numerous American, European and Russian newspapers. The collection also includes photographs of him, his wife, dancer Vera Fokine, née Antonova, and his son, dancer and teacher Vitale Fokine.

Related Material

In the late 1950s Vitale Fokine donated a considerable part of Michel Fokine's archive to the Leningrad Theatre Library in the Soviet Union. See letter from Gosudarstvennaia teatral'naia biblioteka imeni A.V. Lunacharskogo to Vitale Fokine. (20) Description of this collection can be found in Sovetskii Balet, 1987, v. 4, pp. 46-50.

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