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MS Thr 428

Diaghilev, Serge, 1872-1929. Serge Diaghilev correspondence relating to book collecting, 1925-1938: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 428
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Diaghilev, Serge, 1872-1929.
Title: Serge Diaghilev correspondence relating to book collecting,
Date(s): 1925-1938, (bulk) 1925-1929.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract: Correspondence between Russian ballet impresario Serge Diaghilev and booksellers in Paris, Berlin, London, Warsaw and Moscow.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2003MT-112. Purchased with the Howard D. Rothschild fund; received: 1998.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Serge Diaghilev Correspondence Relating to Book Collecting, 1925-1938 (MS Thr 428). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Serge Diaghilev was a Russian ballet impresario, the founder, producer and artistic director of Ballets Russes. In his late years he turned to book and manuscript collecting. He built up a collection of rare Russian printed books, manuscripts and scores.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains letters, telegrams and notes from Serge Diaghilev to booksellers in Paris, Berlin, London, Warsaw and Moscow (including Karl W. Heirsmann, Otto Harrassowitz, and Mezhdunarodnaia kniga), and a letter from the notable Pushkin scholar Modest Hofmann. Letters are primarily in Diaghilev's and Boris Kochno's hands. The collection encompasses the last four years of Diaghilev's life, except for one unidentified letter from 1938.

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