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MS Thr 414.2

Rothschild, Howard D., collector. Howard D. Rothschild collection on Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev: Photographs and scrapbooks, 1909-1975: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

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,
Date(s): 1909-1975.
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.

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 originally processed in 1991 by Catherine Johnson, Amy Lucker and Kathy Markees. It has been frequently used by researchers, so reference numbers from the Rothschild Photographs Database (RP, or RPS) 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: Photographs and Scrapbooks, 1909-1975 (MS Thr 414.2). 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, 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.

Scope and Contents

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.

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