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Call No.: MS Thr 414.3
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Rothschild, Howard D.
Title: Howard D. Rothschild papers,
Quantity: 1 collection (15 boxes (7 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and French.
Abstract: Correspondence, auction catalogs and other personal material of collector Howard D. Rothschild.
Other parts of the bequest were catalogued as:
- Howard D. Rothschild Collection on Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev: Drawings and prints (MS Thr 414.4)
- Howard D. Rothschild collection on Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev: Photographs and scrapbooks (MS Thr 414.2)
- Howard D. Rothschild Collection on Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev: Manuscripts and objects (MS Thr 414.1)Ballets Russes souvenir programs, books and periodicals from the bequest were incorporated into the Harvard Theatre Collection general holdings. Provenance of each item was indicated.
Howard D. Rothschild (d. 1989) was an artist and a major collector of art work related to Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. His fascination with Ballets Russes began in 1915 when as a child he attended one of the company's performances in New York. Over the years he became a close friend and an anonymous benefactor of many aging Ballets Russes dancers. His collection was acquired through various auction houses in Europe and the US.
Organized into the following series:
- I. Correspondence
- ___A. Correspondence of Howard D. Rothschild
- ___B. Letters to others
- II. Auction catalogs
- III. Miscellaneous material
- IV. Additional material
Personal and business correspondence with dancers, artists, and administrators related to Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, as well as auction catalogs, financial and personal material, and other material related to collecting. Includes letters from dancers Alexandra Baldina, Hilda Butsova, Tamara Karsavina, Matilda Kshesinskaia, Lydia Lopokova, and Lydia Sokolova; actress Raymonde Delaunois; and designers Alexandre Benois, Mikhail Larionov and Natalia Goncharov).