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Location: b, ppf, bMS, fMS
Call No.: MS Thr 414.2
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Howard D. Rothschild, collector.
Title: Howard D. Rothschild collection on Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev: Photographs and scrapbooks,
Quantity: 1 collection (12 linear feet (14 boxes, 1 MS volume, 2 fMS volumes, and 1 portfolio drawer)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English, Russian and French.
Abstract: Photographs and scrapbooks related to Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, collected by Howard D. Rothschild.
Other parts of the bequest were catalogued as:
- Howard D. Rothschild Collection on Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev: Manuscripts and objects (MS Thr 414.1)
- Howard D. Rothschild collection on Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev: Drawings and prints (MS Thr 414.4)
- Howard D. Rothschild Papers (MS Thr 414.3)
- 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 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, this performance was 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.
Arranged in two series:
Please note that item number 161 was inadvertently omitted from this finding aid.
- I. Photographs
- ___A. People
- ___B. Productions
- II. Scrapbooks
Includes photographs of dancers, choreographers, artists, composers and other people related to Ballets Russes, as well as images of scenes from the Ballets Russes productions.The collection also includes photo albums of Ballet Russes dancers and scrapbooks with press clippings, typescripts of reviews, original photographs and drawings compiled by Peggie Cochrane and Anton Dolin.