Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo records
Correspondence, contracts and other records documenting the formation of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and the relocation of the company to the United States.
- Majority of material found in 1937-1940
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in French, Russian, and English.
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
Extent2 linear feet (4 boxes)
The collection includes correspondence between Serge Denham and the owner of the Ballets de Monte Carlo René Blum, as well as correspondence between Serge Denham and his European and American representatives, and other companies. It also includes contracts and other miscellaneous material.
Biographical / Historical
The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo existed between 1938 and 1962 under the directorship of Sergei Denham, a Russian-born banker. In 1937 he formed World Art Inc in order to acquire Les Ballets de Monte Carlo owned by René Blum, with an idea of creating a world-class ballet company based in Monte Carlo that would continue Serge Diaghilev's legacy. The outbreak of World War II forced the company to relocate to America.
Arranged into the following three series:
- I. Correspondence
- II. Contracts
- III. Miscellaneous records
Immediate Source of Acquisition
2003MT-291. Purchased with the Howard Rothschild fund; received: 2002 October 29.
Processed by: Irina Klyagin
- Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo records, 1935-1968: Guide.
- Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
- Language of description
- EAD ID
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