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MS Thr 414.4

Rothschild, Howard D., collector. Howard D. Rothschild collection on Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev: Drawings and prints, 1909-1956: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: pf,
Location: framed storage
Call No.: MS Thr 414.4
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Howard D. Rothschild.
Title: Howard D. Rothschild collection on Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev,
Date(s): 1909-1956 (inclusive),
Date(s): 1909-1914 (bulk).
Quantity: 1 collection (35 linear feet (10 portfolio drawers)
Language of materials: Inscriptions on collection materials are in Russian, French, and English, with occasional German.
Abstract: Costume and stage designs for productions of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes as well as portraits and caricatures of dancers, choreographers, artists and other persons connected with the Ballets Russes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Bequest of Howard D. Rothschild, 1035 Park Avenue, New York, New York; received: 1990 March 23.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Irina Klyagin
The collection was initially processed in 1991 by Catherine Johnson, Amy Lucker and Kathy Markees. It has been frequently used by researchers, so the previous call numbers have been recorded.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Conditions Governing Use:

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Existence and Location of Copies:

Images of artwork from this collection are also available through Harvard University Library's Visual Information System (VIA) catalog as part of the Russian Theatrical Designs at the Harvard Theatre Collection project . Search in VIA under designers' last names or see links to individual images below.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Howard D. Rothschild Collection on Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev: Drawings and Prints, 1909-1956 (MS Thr 414.4). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University

Separated Materials

Other parts of the bequest were catalogued as:
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.

Biographical / Historical

Howard D. Rothschild (d. 1989) was an artist and a major American collector of artwork related to Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. He developed a passion for the Ballets Russes after Waslaw Nijinsky withdrew from a performance during the company's tour of America in 1916 attended by Rothschild when a child. The collection was amassed by purchase and by gift from the dancers and artists with whom Rothschild developed friendships.
Serge Diaghilev (1872-1929) was a Russian ballet impresario, the founder, producer and artistic director of Ballets Russes.
Ballets Russes was established by Serge Diaghilev in 1909 as a touring company to promote Russian ballet in Europe. After World War I the company permanently relocated to the West. The company gave rise to careers of a great number of outstanding Russian and Western dancers, choreographers, composers and artists who had recreated the art of ballet for the 20th-century, both in Europe and in the United States.


The collection is organised into two series:

Scope and Contents

Includes costume and set designs by major Russian and Western artists for ballets from Ballets Russes repertoire from 1909 to 1929, as well as portraits, sketches and caricatures of dancers, choreographers, artists and other persons related to Ballets Russes.

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