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MS Thr 466

Nouvel, Walter. Walter Nouvel letters to Serge Diaghilev: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 466
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Nouvel, Walter.
Title: Walter Nouvel letters to Serge Diaghilev,
Date(s): 1919-1929.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in Russian and French.
Abstract: 40 letters from Walter Nouvel to Russian ballet impresario, Serge Diaghilev, concerning various aspects of the 1928-1929 seasons of the Ballets Russes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*2003MT-361. Purchased with the Howard D. Rothschild fund; received: 1996 November 5.

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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Walter Nouvel Letters to Serge Diaghilev (MS Thr 466). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Walter Nouvel (1871-1949) was an amateur musician, music critic for Diaghilev's Mir iskusstva journal, and de facto administrator of Ballets Russes. He was a life-long friend of Serge Diaghilev. Serge Diaghilev was a Russian art critic, patron, ballet impresario and founder of the Ballets Russes.


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

Letters from Walter Nouvel to Serge Diaghilev concerning negotiations with theatre managers and agents, contracts with artists and dancers, advertising, ticket sales, and other matters for the 1928-1929 seasons (with the exception of one earlier letter) of Ballets Russes in various European cities, as well as some personal matters.
The majority of the letters are in Russian, some are in French.

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