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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 463

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.


  • 1935-1968
  • 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.


2 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:

  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Contracts
  3. III. Miscellaneous records

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2003MT-291. Purchased with the Howard Rothschild fund; received: 2002 October 29.

Related Materials

For other material related to the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo see Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo records at the Dance Division of the New York Public Library, and Records concerning Leonide Massine at the Harvard Theatre Collection (MS Thr 462).

Processing Information

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
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