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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 495

Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation collection


Collection of material related to careers of composer Igor Stravinsky and Ballets Russes founder Serge Diaghilev, assembled by the Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation founder and president, Parmenia Migel Ekstrom.


  • 1912-1989

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English, Russian, and French.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


18 linear feet (33 boxes and 3 pf drawers)
This collection came as part of a larger donation of papers of Parmenia Migel Ekstrom. The papers consist of three major sections: original material related to Ballet Russes, collected by the Stravinsky-Diaghilev foundation; research files, assembled by the Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation; and personal papers of Parmenia Migel Ekstrom. A separate finding aid was created for each section of the donation.

This collection includes typescripts and manuscripts of memoirs of members of Ballets Russes, and compositions on ballet history by others; collected correspondence of members of Ballets Russes, Serge Diaghilev's contracts with dancers and companies; Ballets Russes financial records, primarily for the 1913 ballet and opera season in Paris, photographs from private collections of Ballets Russes dancers, picture files, original costume and stage designs for Ballets Russes productions and productions of Stravinsky's operas, and other material related to Igor Stravinsky, Serge Diaghilev, and Ballets Russes.

Material in this collection represents a smaller part of the entire Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation collection related to Ballets Russes. The majority of the material is at the Theatre Museum in London .

Biographical / Historical

Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation was established in New York in the late 1950s by the dance scholar and writer Parmenia Migel Ekstrom (1908-1989). Although she started her career as a writer under her maiden name, Parmenia Migel, in her subsequent career as a dance scholar and collector, she used her married name, Mrs. Parmenia Ekstrom. The form Parmenia Migel Ekstrom (PME) is used in this finding aid.

Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation collected materials related to Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) and Serge Diaghilev (1870-1929), organized exhibitions on dance, promoted dance research, and supported a great number of writers, researchers and students of dance by providing reference and giving them access to the collection.


Arranged into the following series:
  1. I. Compositions
  2. II. Autograph letters
  3. III. Ballets Russes business records
  4. IV. Music scores
  5. V. Sound recordings and film
  6. VI. Photographs
  7. VII. Picture files
  8. VIII. Drawings and designs
  9. IX. Prints
  10. X. Objects
  11. XI. Posters

Physical Location

b, HD

Immediate Source of Acquisition

89-90.177; 90-91.6.1-632; 90-91.7.1-106; 93-94. 097. Gift of Arne H. Ekstrom, 525 East 85th Street, New York, New York, 10028; received: 1990-1994.

Related Materials

For additional material from this collection see Ekstrom collection: Diaghilev and Stravinsky Foundation, 1902-1984. Business papers of Ballets Russes at the Theatre Museum (Victoria and Albert Museum) in London, England.

Separated Materials

The other papers received in the donation from Parmenia Migel Ekstrom have been cataloged into separate finding aids as:
Also separated from this collection were books on dance, theatre and design from the Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation and Parmenia Migel Ekstrom's library, programs, postersfor exhibitions and companies, and early theatrical portraits. Books were cataloged in Harvard's HOLLIS catalog; programs, posters and theatrical portraits were incorporated into the Harvard Theatre Collection general files. Provenance for each item was indicated.

Listing of original deposit is available in the curatorial file for the collection.

Processing Information

Processed by: Irina Klyagin
Link to catalog
Migel, Parmenia, collector. Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation collection, 1912-1989: Guide.
Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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