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MS Thr 965

Ballets russes programs, 1907-1929: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 965
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Ballets russes programs,
Date(s): 1907-1929.
Quantity: 1 collection (4 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English, French and Spanish.
Abstract: Programs and souvenir programs of Serge Diaghilev's Balles russes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2010MT-11. Gift of Thomas Garrett ; received: 2010 October 9.
Forms part of the Fredric Woodbridge Wilson Collection of Theater, Dance and Music (Harvard Theatre Collection).

Processing Information:

Processed by: Irina Klyagin

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
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:

Ballets Russes Programs, 1907-1929 (MS Thr 965). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Ballets Russes was established in Russia 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 performed regularly in Paris and London, in Monte Carlo, and toured other European and South American countries. In 1916 Ballets Russes came to the United States of America for their first season in North America. Ballets Russes 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 chronologically.

Scope and Contents

Includes theater programs and souvenir programs for Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes from 1909 to 1929. Also includes program for the series of concerts of Russian music in Paris arranged by Diaghilev in 1907, and an issue of Comædia Illustré dedicated to Ballets Russes.


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

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