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MS Thr 459

Pavlova, Anna, 1881-1931. Anna Pavlova correspondence with Gabriel Astruc: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 459
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Pavlova, Anna, 1881-1931.
Title: Anna Pavlova correspondence with Gabriel Astruc,
Date(s): 1909-1913.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in French.
Abstract: Correspondence with Gabriel Astruc regarding Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova's performance at the inauguration of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*2003MT-159. Purchased with the Howard Rothschild fund; received: 2002 August 12.

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Processed by: Irina Klyagin

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Anna Pavlova Correspondence with Gabriel Astruc (MS Thr 459). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Anna Pavlova was a Russian ballet dancer. Gabriel Astruc was a French producer, publisher, talent manager and founder of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. Between 1907 and 1913 Astruc also handled a variety of theatrical business matters for Serge Diaghilev, including publicity, contract negotiations, financial backing, negotiations for tours and galas.


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Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence between Anna Pavlova and Gabriel Astruc regarding Pavlova's performance at the inauguration of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on April 3, 1913, and her two-weeks season at the Theatre following the opening night. It also includes letters from Anna Pavlova's manager Victor Dandré to Astruc; letters from her secretary Marjorie Ford to Astruc; Pavlova's telegrams to Henry Beeton, and letters from the Concert-Direction Hermann Wolff agency to Gabriel Astruc regarding the proposed Diaghilev's Ballets Russes season in Berlin in 1911. It also contains two copies of the contract between Pavlova and Astruc for her engagement with the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

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