MS Thr 850
Zorina, Vera. Vera Zorina photographs, circa 1920-2000: PRELIMINARY BOX LIST
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 850
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Zorina, Vera.
Title: Vera Zorina photographs,
Quantity: 16 linear feet (5 portfolio boxes, 11 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and German.
Abstract: Preliminary box list only for Vera Zorina photographs.
2008MT-103. Gift of Vera Zorina Estate, received: 2009 June 1.
Processed by: Irina Klyagin
Collection is open for research.
Restricted: fragile; consult curatorial staff (box 16).
The bulk of this collection is not housed at the Harvard Theatre Collection but is
shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers
should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite
and retrieval policies and times.
Vera Zorina (1917-2003) was a ballet dancer, a movie and musical theater actress,
a choreographer, and an opera director. She was born Eva Brigitta Hartwig in Berlin
to a German father, Frederick Hartwig, and Norwegian mother, Bille Hartwig (née Abigael
Johanne Wimpelmann). In 1933 she joined Col. W. de Basil's Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo
where her stage name was changed to Vera Zorina. She was married to George Balanchine
from 1938 to 1946. After divorcing him she married composer and CBS artistic director
Goddard Lieberson (1911-1977) with whom she had two sons, composer Peter Lieberson
(1946-2011) and philosopher, writer and journalist Jonathan Lieberson (1949-1989).
In 1991 she married harpsichordist Paule Wolfe.
Minimally processed. Arrangement is a rough box list only and materials are not fully
sorted. Readers should note that when fully processed, the order of materials may
Includes photographs, slides and negatives documenting Vera Zorina's career and personal
life, and photographs of her family and friends.
The bulk of this collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access
restrictions below for additional information.
- Zorina, Vera. Photographs and clippings, 1933-1970 and undated. Box 1
Rehearsals, stage productions, movies, publicity photographs, and family photographs.
- Zorina, Vera. Photographs of CBS receptions, undated. Box 2
- Zorina, Vera. Photographs, 1937-1989 and undated. Box 3
Stage productions, war activities, publicity portraits, promotional parties, family
portraits and group photos, photos of Salvador Dali's painting owned by the Liebersons, family albums, photos of Zorina and George Balanchine, Igor and Vera Stravinsky, negatives and transparencies.
- Zorina, Vera. Photographs, 1920-1950 and undated. Box 4
Early photographs, family albums, publicity portraits, performance and rehearsal photographs.
- Zorina, Vera. Photographs, 1920-1980 and undated. Box 5
Early photographs, parents and family, performance and publicity photographs, family
- Zorina, Vera. Photographs, undated. Box 6
Publicity portraits, parents and family, movie rehearsals and stage productions rehearsals.
- Zorina, Vera. Photographs, 1938- 1970 and undated. Box 7
Date: 1938- 1970
Publicity photographs, family photograph albums, contact sheets, photographs of family trips, photographs of Igor Stravinsky.
- Zorina, Vera. Slides and negatives, undated. Box 8
Also includes some family photographs with negatives.
- Zorina, Vera. Framed photographs, slides, slide carousels, undated. Box 9
- Zorina, Vera. Photographs, 1937-1938 and undated. Box 10
Publicity photographs for Col W. de Basil Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, stage productions and movies; Zorina and George Balanchine, studio portraits, family album.
- Zorina, Vera. Photographs, undated. Box 11
2 box sets of mounted photographs of Jonathan Lieberson and Peter Lieberson, with inscription, "Happy birthday Mom! Peter, Jon".
- Zorina, Vera. Slides, undated. Box 12
- Zorina, Vera. Studio portraits, undated. Box 13
- Zorina, Vera. Studio portraits, undated. Box 14
- Zorina, Vera. Photographs, undated. Box 15
Studio portraits, publicity photographs, family portraits.