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MS Thr 1093

Collection of set and costume designs for ballet, 1942-2004: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: pfd
Call No.: MS Thr 1093
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Collection of set and costume designs for ballet,
Date(s): 1942-2004.
Quantity: 1 collection (.08 linear feet (14 drawings in 13 folders)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and French.
Abstract: Set and costume designs and sketches for ballet by various prominent 20th-century designers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2014MT-31. Gift of Karin von Aroldingen; received: 2014 October 29.


The majority of the drawings in this collection were formerly owned by George Balanchine; After his death in 1983, Karin von Aroldingen inherited the drawings from the Balanchine Estate.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Irina Klyagin

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Collection of Set and Costume Designs for Ballet, 1942-2004. (MS Thr 1093) Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

George Balanchine was the creator of the New York City Ballet, its director and choreographer. Karin von Aroldingen was a principal dancer of the New York City Ballet. Upon retirement, she became ballet mistress at the company and a trustee of the Balanchine Trust.


Arranged alphabetically by the name of artist.

Scope and Contents

Includes 13 set and costume designs for ballets by George Balanchine and Antony Tudor produced by the Original Ballet Russe, American Ballet Theatre and the New York City Ballet, by Nicola Benois, Eugene Berman, André Derain, Peter Harvey, Pavel Tchelitchew, and Rouben Ter-Arutunian. Also includes caricature of George Balanchine and Igor Stravinsky by Eugene Berman.
Most drawings were gifts from the artists to George Balanchine; drawings by Nicola Benois, Peter Harvey and Rouben Ter-Arutunian were gifts to Karin von Aroldingen.

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