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MS Thr 463

Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo records, 1935-1968: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 463
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.
Title: Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo records,
Date(s): 1935-1968, (bulk) 1937-1940.
Quantity: 1 collection (2 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in French, Russian, and English.
Abstract: Correspondence, contracts and other records documenting the formation of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and the relocation of the company to the United States.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2003MT-291. Purchased with the Howard Rothschild fund; received: 2002 October 29.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Irina Klyagin

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo Records, 1935-1968 (MS Thr 463). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

For other material related to the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo see Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo records at the Dance Division of the New York Public Library, and Records concerning Leonide Massine at the Harvard Theatre Collection (MS Thr 462).

Biographical / Historical

The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo existed between 1938 and 1962 under the directorship of Sergei Denham, a Russian-born banker. In 1937 he formed World Art Inc in order to acquire Les Ballets de Monte Carlo owned by René Blum, with an idea of creating a world-class ballet company based in Monte Carlo that would continue Serge Diaghilev's legacy. The outbreak of World War II forced the company to relocate to America.

Arrangement

Arranged into the following three series:

Scope and Contents

The collection includes correspondence between Serge Denham and the owner of the Ballets de Monte Carlo René Blum, as well as correspondence between Serge Denham and his European and American representatives, and other companies. It also includes contracts and other miscellaneous material.

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