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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 502

Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation research files


Projects notes, newsletters, auction and exhibition catalogs, offprints of articles and clippings, programs and invitations to exhibitions and receptions, and other material assembled by the Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation for reference.


  • Creation: 1920-1989

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

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18 linear feet (28 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 Ballets 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 research files arranged by the foundation on artists, designers, dancers, choreographers, musicians, composers, and administrators related to Ballets Russes and other companies, and picture files with originals, reproductions, slides and negatives of dance images. It also includes notes and some correspondence on loans of artwork from the Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation collection, exhibitions, and other projects organized by the Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation, as well as some information on its employees.

Biographical / Historical

Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation was established in New York in the late 1950s by the dance scholar and writer Parmenia Migel Ekstrom. 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, abbreviated PME in this finding aid. The foundation remained in operation until the passing of Parmenia Migel Ekstrom in 1989.

The foundation collected material related to careers of Igor Stravinsky and Serge Diaghilev, organized exhibitions on dance, promoted dance research, and supported a great number of writers, researchers and students of dance by providing reference information and giving them access to the collection.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. Research files
  2. ___A. Artists
  3. ___B. Composers
  4. ___C. Conductors
  5. ___D. Productions
  6. ___E. Diaghilev and his associates
  7. ___F. Performers - Diaghilev's company
  8. ___G. Performers - other
  9. ___H. Companies
  10. ___I. Foundations
  11. ___J. Other
  12. ___K. Publications
  13. ___L. Music
  14. ___M. Publishers
  15. ___N. Schools
  16. ___O. Authors, ballet and dance
  17. ___P. Collections, libraries, museums
  18. ___Q. Projects, researchers, and students
  19. II. Project files
  20. III. Picture files
  21. ___A. Photographs and photographic reproductions
  22. ___B. Slides, contact sheets and negatives
  23. IV. Other material

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

90-91.6; 93-94.097. Gift of Arne 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: Beth Carroll-Horrocks and Irina Klyagin.

These files were left for the most part in the order as received in repository.

Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation. Stravinsky-Diaghilev Foundation research files, 1920-1989: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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