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MS Thr 465

Grigoriev, S. L. (Sergei Leonidovich), 1883-1968. S. L. Grigoriev papers, 1889-1972: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 465
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Grigoriev, S. L. (Sergei Leonidovich), 1883-1968.
Title: S. L. Grigoriev papers,
Date(s): 1889-1972.
Quantity: 1 collection (22 boxes, 13 portfolio folders in drawers (8 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in Russian, French, and English.
Abstract: Compositions, contracts, business and production records, correspondence, photographs and other material representing the career of Serge Grigoriev, the régisseur of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and rehearsal director of Ballets Russes du Col. W. de Basil.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*95-96.038. Purchased with the Howard Rothschild fund; received: 1995 November 15.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Irina Klyagin

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

S. L. Grigoriev Papers, 1889-1972 (MS Thr 465). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

Papers of Grigoriev's wife Lubov Tchernicheva were separated and processed as a separate collection. See Lubov Tchernicheva. Papers (MS Thr 464) in the Harvard Theatre Collection.

Biographical / Historical

Sergei Leonidovich Grigoriev (1883-1968) was a Russian-born character dancer and rehearsal director, who primarily became known as the indispensable régisseur of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. He served in that capacity from 1909 to 1929. His responsibilities included signing contracts with dancers, composers, artists and other personnel, organizing and conducting rehearsals, supervising numerous aspects of productions, and serving as a mediator between Diaghilev and the members of the company. After Diaghilev's death in 1929, Grigoriev served as rehearsal director for Ballets Russes du Col. W. de Basil. The company subsequently changed its name several times: to Covent Garden Ballet Russe in 1938, to Educational Ballet Russe Ltd in 1939, and to Original Ballet Russe in 1940. The company disbanded in 1952 after the death of its director. Sergei Grigoriev and his wife Lubov Tchernicheva continued working on revivals of Michel Fokine's ballets for Sadler's Wells Ballet and other companies, supervising and donating materials to the Diaghilev exhibit at the Edinburgh Festival in 1954, and supervising rehearsals of Leonide Massine's ballets. In the 1940s-1950s Grigoriev was also working on a book about Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.


Organized into the following nine series:

Scope and Contents

Contains contracts and business records for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, business records for Ballets Russes du Col. W. de Basil, production records for several of Michel Fokine's ballets, programs and playbills for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and programs for several subsequent companies, drafts of Grigoriev's monograph on Ballets Russes, correspondence, photographs and other material representing Sergei Grigoriev's role in the managing of the companies.

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