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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 450

Arks Smith papers


Playbills for theater events, and photographic prints and negatives of various theater performances, taken by Arks Smith and others.


  • Creation: 1924-2022

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.

A portion of this collection is stored off-site. Please consult Houghton Library Public Services for more information.


16 linear feet (25 boxes)

Contains photographic negatives, as well as photograph albums, scrapbooks, posters, and programs relating to theater and dance (primarily Rudolf Nureyev). The photographic negatives include 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. The photograph albums are mainly focused on Nureyev and are accompanied by scrapbooks relating to Nureyev and other ballet performers and performances, a collection of souvenir ballet programs, and film and theatre magazines.

Biographical / Historical

Arks Smith (also known as Anne Rosemary Kathleen Smith) is a Massachusetts-based photographer.


Arranged into two series: I. Negatives and II. Additions to collection.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

2011MT-14. Gifts of Arks Smith, 1985-2004.

2011MT-25. Gift of Arks Smith, 2009.

2015MT-28. Gift of Arks Smith, 2015. 2024MT-54. Gift of Arks Smith, 2024 March 12.

Processing Information

Negatives (series I) are identified by their roll number.

Processing Information

Aleph ID / Alma ID



Processing Information

MS Thr 450 consisted only of a single gift from Arks Smith until 2024. In March, 2024, all accruals were added to this collection and minimally described by Betts Coup.

Smith, Arks. Arks Smith papers, 1924-2022: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
2024 March 22
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)
Language of description

Repository Details

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