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MS Thr 985

Verdak, George, collector. George Verdak collection of ballet scores, circa 1900-1971: PRELIMINARY BOX LIST

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 985
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Verdak, George, collector.
Title: George Verdak collection of ballet scores,
Date(s): 1900-1971.
Quantity: 1 collection (22 linear feet (28 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English, German, French and Russian.
Abstract: Preliminary box list only for George Verdak collection of ballet scores.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2013MT-6. Purchased with the Howard D. Rothschild Bequest, received: 2013 August 20.

Processing Information:

Preliminary list created by: Irina Klyagin

Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.
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.

Biographical / Historical

George Verdak (1923-1993) was a ballet dancer who became director of the Butler Ballet. Verdak was born in Chicago, where he attended the Art Institute. He then chose dance as a career and joined the Chicago Ballet Repertory Company, where he performed original works by Massine and Nijinska. After a period in Hollywood films, Verdak joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and remained with the company until 1952. After a period of private teaching and work with the Minneapolis Symphony under Antal Dorati, he went to Butler University, where he served as artistic director of the Butler Ballet.


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 change. Researchers are advised to use keyword searching to locate all relevant materials for a given composer, title, or other term.

Scope and Contents

Includes music scores used by Anna Pavlova, Pavley-Oukrainsky Ballet, Ruth Page and Butler Ballet, and programs of Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.


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

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