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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 462

Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo records concerning Leonide Massine,

Correspondence and contracts documenting the cause and the consequences of the 1942 legal separation of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and its artistic director and choreographer Leonide Massine.


  • 1939-1969 (inclusive), 1942-1954 (bulk).

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English, Russian, and French.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1 collection (1.5 linear feet (3 boxes))

The collection consists of the correspondence between the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo's choreographer and artistic director Leonide Massine (1896- 1979) and the director of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and president of Universal Art, Inc Sergei Denham (1896-1970). It includes originals of the letters from Leonide Massine, his attorney Sidney E. Cohn of the firmBoudin, Cohn and Glikstein, and his secretaries to Sergei Denham, to the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo executive Alexander Konovaloff, to the company’s attorney Watson Washburn of the firm Perkins, Malone & Washburn to the company’s administrator David Libidins and other company representatives; and carbons of letters as well as handwritten and typed drafts of letters from Sergei Denham and his associates to Leonid Massine and his lawyer. The collection also includes contracts between Leonide Massine and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and other company records.

Biographical / Historical

Sergei Denham (1896-1970) was a Russian-born banker, president of the Universal Art Inc, and general director of Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.

Leonide Massine (1896-1979) was a Russian dancer and choreographer and in 1938-1942 artistic director of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.


Organized into the following three series :
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Contracts
  3. III. Other company records.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*2003MT-48. Purchased with the Howard Rothschild fund; received: 2003 July 1.

Processing Information

Processed by: Irina Klyagin
Link to catalog
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo records concerning Leonide Massine: Guide.
Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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