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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 1817

Correspondence of Berto Pasuka and Annabel Farjeon concerning Les Ballets Nègres

Content Description

Letters from Berto Pasuka and Annabel Farjeon to the editor of the New Statesman, with one letter from Pasuka to Farjeon and two letters to the editor from New Statesman readers.


  • 1952 September-October


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.


.04 linear feet (1 folder)

Biographical / Historical

Berto Pasuka was a Jamaican dancer and the founder of Les Ballets Nègres, Europe's first Black dance company. Annabel Farjeon was a dance critic who had written an unfavorable article about the dance company in the The New Statesman. Pasuka wrote the editor, Farjeon responded, and Pasuka wrote directly to Farjeon. Two New Statesman readers commented in letters to the editor.


Arranged as received.

Physical Location

Pusey Library 2, North [Range: 5, Bay: 1]

Custodial History

Ownership prior to this acquisition is unknown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2018MT-138. Purchased from James Fergusson Books & Manuscripts (via ABE Books) with the Howard D. Rothschild Bequest, 2018 January 19.

Processing Information

This collection was processed to a basic level with minimal rehousing, organization, and preservation. (Melanie Wisner, 2021)


Pasuka, Berto. Correspondence of Berto Pasuka and Annabel Farjeon concerning Les Ballets Nègres, 1952 (MS Thr 1817): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University
2021 June 24
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