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MS Thr 863

Souvenir programs of Ballets Russes companies, 1934-1947: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 863
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Souvenir programs of Ballets Russes companies
Date(s): 1932, 1934-1947
Quantity: 2.1 linear feet (7 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Collection of printed ballet souvenir programs from Ballets Russes companies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2010MT-11. Gift of Thomas Garrett; received: 2010 October 9.
Forms part of the Fredric Woodbridge Wilson Collection of the Ballets Russes (Harvard Theatre Collection).

Processing Information:

Processed by: Alison Harris

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library 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.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Souvenir Programs of Ballets Russes Companies, 1934-1947 (MS Thr 863). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

In 1932 René Blum and Colonel W. de Basil formed the Ballets russes du Col. W. de Basil, also known as Ballets russes de Monte Carlo and Col. W. de Basil's Ballets Russes. Due to dissention between the two owners by 1938 a split occurred resulting in the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo formed under the directorship of Sergei Denham with Leonide Massine as the artistic director and Colonel W. de Basil started using the name the Original Ballet Russe for his company.


Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Collection includes printed 20th-cenutry souvenir programs from three ballet companies, Ballet russes du Col. W. de Basil, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and Original Ballet Russe. There are also a few programs from specific performances.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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