MS Thr 495
Migel, Parmenia, collector. Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation collection,
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: MS Thr 495
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Migel, Parmenia, collector.
Title: Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation collection
Quantity: 17 linear feet (31 boxes and 3 pf drawers)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in
English, Russian, and French.
Abstract: Collection of material related to
careers of composer Igor Stravinsky and Ballets Russes founder Serge Diaghilev, assembled
the Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation founder and president, Parmenia Migel
89-90.177; 90-91.6.1-632; 90-91.7.1-106; 93-94. 097. Gift of Arne H. Ekstrom, 525 East
85th Street, New York, New York, 10028; received: 1990-1994.
Processed by: Irina Klyagin
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation Collection, 1912-1989 (MS Thr 495). Harvard Theatre
Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University
For additional material from this collection see Ekstrom
collection: Diaghilev and Stravinsky Foundation, 1902-1984. Business papers of Ballets
Russes at the Theatre Museum (Victoria and Albert Museum) in
The other papers received in the donation from Parmenia Migel Ekstrom have been cataloged
into separate finding aids as:
Also separated from this collection were books on dance, theatre and
design from the Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation and Parmenia Migel Ekstrom's library,
programs, postersfor exhibitions and companies, and early theatrical
portraits. Books were cataloged in Harvard's HOLLIS catalog;
programs, posters and theatrical portraits were incorporated into the Harvard Theatre
Collection general files. Provenance for each item was indicated.
Listing of original deposit is available in the curatorial file for the collection.
Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation was established in New York in the late 1950s by the
scholar and writer Parmenia Migel Ekstrom (1908-1989). Although she started her career
writer under her maiden name, Parmenia Migel, in her subsequent career as a dance
and collector, she used her married name, Mrs. Parmenia Ekstrom. The form Parmenia
Ekstrom (PME) is used in this finding aid.
Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation collected materials related to Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
and Serge Diaghilev (1870-1929), organized exhibitions on dance, promoted dance research,
and supported a great number of writers, researchers and students of dance by providing
reference and giving them access to the collection.
Arranged into the following series:
- I. Compositions
- II. Autograph letters
- III. Ballets Russes business records
- IV. Music scores
- V. Sound recordings and film
- VI. Photographs
- VII. Picture files
- VIII. Drawings and designs
- IX. Prints
- X. Objects
- XI. Posters
This collection came as part of a larger donation of papers of Parmenia Migel Ekstrom.
papers consist of three major sections: original material related to Ballet Russes,
collected by the Stravinsky-Diaghilev foundation; research files, assembled by the
Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation; and personal papers of Parmenia Migel Ekstrom. A
finding aid was created for each section of the donation.
This collection includes typescripts and manuscripts of memoirs of members of Ballets
Russes, and compositions on ballet history by others; collected correspondence of
Ballets Russes, Serge Diaghilev's contracts with dancers and companies; Ballets Russes
financial records, primarily for the 1913 ballet and opera season in Paris, photographs
private collections of Ballets Russes dancers, picture files, original costume and
designs for Ballets Russes productions and productions of Stravinsky's operas, and
material related to Igor Stravinsky, Serge Diaghilev, and Ballets Russes.
Material in this collection represents a smaller part of the entire Stravinsky-Diaghilev
Foundation collection related to Ballets Russes. The majority of the material is at
Theatre Museum in London .
- Series: II. Autograph letters
Includes letters of dancers, actors and musicians.
- (19). Argentina, 1888-1936. Letters to unknown
Also includes clipping.
- (20). Basil, W. de. Letter to Nikolai Grigorevich
Sergeev, undated. 1
Also includes translation into English.
- (21). Bernhardt, Sarah, 1844-1923. Letter to unknown
correspondent, 1879. 1
- (22). Dandré, Victor, d.1944. Letters to H.S.
Sibthorp, 1935-1937. 1
- (23). Doubrovska, Felia, 1896-1981. Note to Allegra
Kent : photocopy, 1952. 1
- (24). Doubrovska, Felia, 1896-1981. Postcard to Inna
Marinel, 1973. 1
- (25). Fuller, Loie, 1862-1928. Letter to Luther
Munday, 1890. 1
- (27). Idzikowski, Stanislas, recipient. Letters from fans,
- (28). Kean, Charles John, 1811?-1868. Letter to Mr.
Chappell, 1859. 1
- (29). Kean, Ellen, 1805-1880. Letter to Mr. Terry,
- (30). Kent, Allegra. Postcard to Felia Doubrovska, 1896-1981,
- (31). Kochno, Boris. Letter to Rober R. Littman,
- (32). Massine, Leonide, 1896-. Letter to Stanislas Idzikowski,
- (33). Nemchinova, Vera. Letters and postcards to
H.S. Sibthorp, 1936-1938. 1
Also includes clipping.
- (34). Spessivtzeva, Olga, 1895-. Postcard to Inna
Marinel, 1977. 1
- (35). Trouchanova, Natasha, b. 1885. Letter to Sécretaire
genérale du Théâtre des variétés (Paris, France),
- Series: III. Ballets Russes business records
Includes business and fiscal records of Serge Diaghilev and his company, Ballets
Russes: contracts, receipts, cancelled checks and checkbooks, and letters from banks
other financial institutions, and unused tickets.
- Series: VI. Photographs
The series includes original publicity photographs of the 1916 Ballets Russes
USA tour; photographs from personal collections of Ballets Russes dancers
Felia Doubrovska and Pierre Vladimiroff, and
Wanda Evina and Stanislas Idzikowski. It
also includes photos from personal collection of Russian American harp player
- B. Felia Doubrovska and Pierre Vladimiroff
family photograph albums
Arrangement: The albums were taken apart by the Stravinsky-Diaghilev foundation. Most of the
photographs were detached from the pages, but a few pages still remain intact. Most
photographs are inscribed on the back by Felia Doubrovska in Russian, some
translations into English are provided by the Stravinsky-Diaghilev foundation staff.
Detached photographs were arranged in groups by their subject. They include portraits
and postcards of Felia Doubrovska, portraits of her mother Valentina Dlouzhnevska
other family members; portraits and postcards of Doubrovska's husband Pierre
Vladimiroff; photographs and postcards of Doubrovska and Vladimiroff in roles,
photographs of Doubrovska teaching at the School of American Ballet, snapshots of
Ballets Russes dancers, Doubrovska's and Vladimiroff's vacations and travels, and
- (159). Felia Doubrovska and Pierre Vladimiroff
with other dancers : photographs, 1916-1939 and undated. 3 folders.
Includes snapshots and photographs of FD and PV with:
- George Balanchine
- Enrico Cecchetti
- Alexandra Danilova
- Anton Dolin
- Natalia Dudinskaia
- Lubov Egorova
- Alexandra Fedorova-Fokine
- Tamara Geva
- Mathilda Kshesinskaia and Grand Duke Andrei
- Serge Lifar
- Anatole Obukhoff
- Anna Pavlova
- Olga Preobrajenska
- Konstantin Sergeev
- Olga Spessivtzeva
- (160). Valentina Dlouzhnevska : photographs,
Includes photographs of FD's mother.
- (161). Family photographs, undated. 4
Includes pages from family albums, and loose snapshots of
vacations, travels, and other images.
- (162). Miscellaneous photographs, undated. 2
Includes photographs of family friends, relations, images of Leningrad,
Soviet Union, and other places.
- (163). Negatives, undated. 1
Includes negatives of some of the photographs from the collection.
- C. Wanda Evina and Stanislas Idzikowski
- (167). Other dancers : photographs, undated. 1
Includes portraits of other dancers, some inscribed to
Idzikowski and Evina.
- (168). Miscellaneous photographs, undated. 1
Includes pages from an album with images of landscapes and ruins, and
snapshots of Evina and Idzikowski.
- Series: VII. Picture files
This series includes reproductions of images , postcards and some original photographs
of dancers, artists, composers, and other members of the Diaghilev's Ballets Russes,
well as reproductions of artwork by various Ballets Russes designers, assembled by
Stravinsky-Diaghilev foundation for the purpose of publication and reference. A large
portion of photographs and postcards was gifted to the Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation
by the collector Robert L. Tobin.
- Series: X. Objects
Includes silk ribbons.
The database of the original deposit includes several bronze medal, two small busts,
paper weight and a bas-relief. At the time of creation of this finding aid, items
not been located.
- (318). Silk ribbons, 1925. 1
Two white moire silk ribbons, 362 x 15.5 cm and 338 x 17.7 cm, addressed to
Bronislava Nijinska signed by the members of the
Ballets Russes in ink. Presumably, from the wreaths.