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MS Thr 414.1

Rothschild, Howard D., collector. Howard D. Rothschild collection on Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev: Manuscripts and objects: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b, bust in HTC reading room
Call No.: MS Thr 414.1
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Rothschild, Howard D.
Title: Howard D. Rothschild collection on Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev: Manuscripts and objects,
Date(s): 1908-1969, (bulk) 1908-1929.
Quantity: 1 collection (5 linear feet (9 boxes and 1 bust)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in Russian, English and French.
Abstract: Correspondence, contracts, compositons and objects related to Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, collected by Howard D. Rothschild.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. 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 intially processed in 1991 by Catherine Johnson, Amy Lucker and Kathy Markees. It has been frequently used by researchers, so the previous call numbers (where applicable) have been recorded.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Howard D. Rothschild Collection on Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev: Manuscripts and Objects, 1908-1969 (MS Thr 414.1). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University

Separated Materials

Other parts of the bequest were cataloged 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 as a child after attending a ballet where Waslaw Nijinsky withdrew from a performance during the company's tour of America in 1916. 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.


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Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence between Serge Diaghilev and Sergei Grigoriev, and between other members of Ballets Russes; Diaghilev's contracts with dancers and other performers for Ballets Russes seasons from 1908 to 1929, notes on dance lessons and choreography, and notes on productions, figurines, jewelry for Ballets Russes costumes and objects.

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