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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 464

Lubov Tchernicheva papers


Correspondence, photographs, programs and other material documenting the career of Russian ballerina and ballet teacher Lubov Tchernicheva.


  • Creation: 1922-1958

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in Russian, French, and English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


5.5 linear feet (4 boxes and 6 portfolio oversized folders in drawers)

The collection includes "fan mail" letters to Lubov Tchernicheva, photos and portraits of her, programs of various Ballets Russes companies, her birth and baptismal certificates, and other material.

Biographical / Historical

Lubov Tchernicheva [Liubov Pavlovna Chernysheva] (1890 -1976) was a Russian ballerina and wife of the Diaghilev's Ballet's Russes régisseur Sergei Grigoriev. From 1913, she was a leading dancer and from 1926, a ballet mistress of Ballets Russes. After Diaghilev's death, Tchernicheva continued performing and teaching at Col. W. de Basil Ballets Russes (later Original Ballet Russe). In the 1950s, she and her husband worked together at restaging Michel Fokine's ballets.


Organized into the following five series:

  1. I. Letters
  2. II. Drawings
  3. III. Photographs
  4. IV. Programs
  5. V. Other material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*95-96.038. Purchased with the Howard D. Rothschild fund; received: 1995 November 15.

Related Materials

For the material related to Lubov Tchernicheva's and Sergei Grigoriev's work on restaging of Michel Fokine's ballets in the 1950s, see Sergei Grigoriev. Papers (MS Thr 465) in the Harvard Theatre Collection.

Separated Materials

Lubov Tchernicheva papers originally came as part of the Grigoriev family archive.

Processing Information

Processed by: Irina Klyagin

Tchernicheva, Lubov. Lubov Tchernicheva papers: Guide.
Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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