MS Thr 464
Tchernicheva, Lubov. Lubov Tchernicheva papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: MS Thr 464
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Tchernicheva, Lubov.
Title: Lubov Tchernicheva papers,
Quantity: 1 collection (4 boxes and 6 portfolio oversized folders in drawers (5.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in Russian, French, and English.
Abstract: Correspondence, photographs, programs and other material documenting the career of
Russian ballerina and ballet teacher Lubov Tchernicheva.
*95-96.038. Purchased with the Howard D. Rothschild fund; received: 1995 November 15.
Processed by: Irina Klyagin
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Lubov Tchernicheva Papers (MS Thr 464). Harvard Theatre Collection. Houghton Library,
For the material related to Lubov Tchernicheva's and Sergei Grigoriev's work on restaging of Michel Fokine's ballets in the 1950s, see Sergei Grigoriev. Papers (MS Thr 465) in the Harvard Theatre Collection.
Lubov Tchernicheva papers originally came as part of the Grigoriev family archive.
Lubov Tchernicheva [Liubov Pavlovna Chernysheva] (1890 -1976) was a Russian ballerina
and wife of the Diaghilev's Ballet's Russes régisseur Sergei Grigoriev. From 1913, she was a leading dancer and from 1926, a ballet mistress of Ballets Russes.
After Diaghilev's death, Tchernicheva continued performing and teaching at Col. W.
de Basil Ballets Russes (later Original Ballet Russe). In the 1950s, she and her husband
worked together at restaging Michel Fokine's ballets.
Organized into the following five series:
- I. Letters
- II. Drawings
- III. Photographs
- IV. Programs
- V. Other material.
The collection includes "fan mail" letters to Lubov Tchernicheva, photos and portraits of her, programs of various Ballets
Russes companies, her birth and baptismal certificates, and other material.
- Series: III. Photographs
Includes photographs of Tchernicheva in various roles, and photographs and snapshots of her fellow dancers inscribed to her. Also includes an oversized portfolio of mounted
photographs of Tchernicheva by British photographer Peter North.
: Organized into the following sub-series by subject, then arranged alphabetically within
- A. Performances
- B. People
- A. Performances
- (12). La Boutique Fantasque, undated. 1 folders
- (13). Carnaval, undated. 1 folders
2 postcards and 2 photographs.
- (16). Le Dieu Blue, 1913. 1 folders
- (17). Les Facheux, undated. 1 folders
- (18). Francesca da Rimini, undated.
- (19). Good Humored Ladies, undated. 1 folders
- (20). Le Médicin Malgré Lui, undated. 1 folders
- (21). Les Ménines, undated. 1 folders
- (22). Narcisse, undated. 1 folders
- (29). Les Sylphides, 1909, 1921. 1 folders
Date: 1909, 1921.
- (30). Les Tentation de la Bergére, 1924. 1 folders
- (31). Thamar, undated.
2 postcards and 23 photographs.
- B. People
- (34). Dancers and other performers, undated. 35 photographs in 1 folder.
Includes photographs of the following fellow dancers and friends inscribed to Lubov
- pf in drawer (35). Tchernicheva, Lubov. Portraits by Peter North, undated. 1 oversized folder.
An oversized portfolio of 8 studio portraits of Tchernicheva in costumes for Cleopatra and Les Fachuex, mounted, labeled and numbered on the back.
- Series: V. Other material
Includes birth, baptismal and educational certificates, and a typescript.
- (42). Birth certificate,1940. 1 folders
2 sets of notarized copies (AS; photostat ) in Russian, and attached translations
in English (Ts; Ts carbon) of Tchernicheva's birth and baptismal certificate with a note on verso stating her marriage on July 22, 1909 to Sergei Grigoriev.
- (43). Academie de Danse des professeurs G. and E. Cecchetti certificat, 1922 Feb. 3. 1 oversized folder.
Certificate (AS) for completion of the course in classical theatrical dance training in Enrico Cecchetti method with a note from Ceccheti.
- (44). The Art of Lubov Tchernicheva, by Veronica Vassar, 1954. 1 folders
Paper (Ts carbon) presented at the Diaghilev Exhibition in London.