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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 503

Parmenia Migel papers

Papers of dance scholar, writer and founder of Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation, Parmenia Migel Ekstrom.


  • 1945-1990

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


4 linear feet (12 boxes)

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 galley proofs of Parmenia Migel Ekstrom's compositions, private and business correspondence with dancers, choreographers, composers, writers and students of dance, scrapbooks of dance illustration material and of press reviews of her books, and a few personal items.

Correspondents include Alexandra Danilova, Felia Doubrovska, Anton Dolin, Allegra Kent, Millicent Hodson, and Carla Fracci.

Biographical / Historical

Parmenia Migel Ekstrom (1908-1989) was a ballet historian and author, and founder and president of the Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation. 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, sometimes abbreviated PME in this finding aid. In the late 1930s she founded and headed the executive committee of the Ballet Guild (New York, N.Y.). From 1946 to 1955, she lived in France where she directed a gallery and organized exhibitions and concerts. On her return to New York, she founded and directed the Dance Department of the New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y.), where she also lectured. She became Honorary Curator of Ballet at the Harvard Theatre Collection and was a long standing member of the Committee for the Dance Collection for the New York Public Library. As a writer, Ekstrom contributed to many scholarly dance journals and published a number of books on ballet history. She also published a biography of the Danish author Isak Dinesen . In the late 1950s, she established and directed the Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation which collected material related to Igor Stravinsky's and Serge Diaghilev's careers, organized exhibitions on dance, promoted dance research and supported a great number of writers, researchers and students of dance by giving them access to the Foundation's collection of dance material. She was also involved in the operation of her husband Arne Horlin Ekstrom 's gallery, Cordier & Ekstrom, in New York.


Arranged into the following series:
  1. I. Compositions
  2. II. Correspondence
  3. III. Scrapbooks
  4. IV. Personal

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

90-91.6; 93-94.097.01. Gift of Arne H. Ekstrom and Nicolas H. Ekstrom, 525 East 85th Street, New York, New York 10028; received: 1991-2000.

Separated Materials

The other papers received in the donation from Parmenia Migel Ekstrom have been cataloged into separate finding aids as:

Processing Information

Processed by: Irina Klyagin
Link to catalog
Migel, Parmenia. Parmenia Migel papers, 1945-1990: 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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