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SERIES Identifier: MS Thr 245

I. Dance notations and music scores

Scope and Contents

Includes notations and music scores of ballets and dances from operas. The majority of notations is in Nikolai Sergeev's hand, in Russian, with occasional French. Names of the dancers rather than names of the characters are indicated in most of the notations. Enclosed with the notations are brief handwritten English translations by Mona Inglesby; they came with the collection.


  • 1888-1944
  • Majority of material found within 1902-1931

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in Russian, French and English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


20 linear feet (33 boxes)


Arranged mainly alphabetically by name of composer. Since the material was kept in the order of original cataloging, some items are listed out of alphabertal order.

Physical Location


Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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