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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 450

Arks Smith negatives


Photographic negatives of various ballets taken by Arks Smith.


  • 1963-1985

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Primarily photographic negatives of the performances of various ballet companies, including American Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Ballet, and National Ballet. Also includes photographs of Daniel Pinkham from the musical Oklahoma! at Lincoln Center, rehearsals of the American Ballet Theatre, and of a dressing room birthday party for Rudolf Nureyev, among other items.

Biographical / Historical

Smith is a photographer based in Massachusetts.


Arranged chronologically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2003MT-151. Gift of Arks Smith; received: 1986.

Processing Information

Negatives are identified by their roll number.

Smith, Arks. Arks Smith negatives, 1963-1985: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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