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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 414.3

Howard D. Rothschild papers


Correspondence, auction catalogs and other personal material of collector Howard D. Rothschild.


  • 1921-1989


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and French.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


7 linear feet (15 boxes)

Personal and business correspondence with dancers, artists, and administrators related to Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, as well as auction catalogs, financial and personal material, and other material related to collecting. Includes letters from dancers Alexandra Baldina, Hilda Butsova, Tamara Karsavina, Matilda Kshesinskaia, Lydia Lopokova, and Lydia Sokolova; actress Raymonde Delaunois; and designers Alexandre Benois, Mikhail Larionov and Natalia Goncharov).

Biographical / Historical

Howard D. Rothschild (d. 1989) was an artist and a major collector of art work related to Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. His fascination with Ballets Russes began in 1915 when as a child he attended one of the company's performances in New York. Over the years he became a close friend and an anonymous benefactor of many aging Ballets Russes dancers. His collection was acquired through various auction houses in Europe and the US.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Correspondence
  2. ___A. Correspondence of Howard D. Rothschild
  3. ___B. Letters to others
  4. II. Auction catalogs
  5. III. Miscellaneous material
  6. IV. Additional material

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*2004MT-71. Gift of the Rothschild estate, 1035 Park Ave, New York, New York; received: 1990 March 23.

Gift of Richard Ford Hunter, 1035 Park Ave, New York, New York; received: 1990 October 30 and 1991 June 17.

Separated Materials

Other parts of the bequest were catalogued as:

Ballets Russes souvenir programs, books and periodicals from the bequest were incorporated into the Harvard Theatre Collection general holdings. Provenance of each item was indicated.

Processing Information

Processed by: Irina Klyagin

Rothschild, Howard D. Howard D. Rothschild papers: Guide.
Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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