Howard D. Rothschild collection on Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev: Manuscripts and objects
Correspondence, contracts, compositons and objects related to Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, collected by Howard D. Rothschild.
- Majority of material found in 1908-1929
- Rothschild, Howard D. (Person)
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in Russian, English and French.
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
Extent5 linear feet (9 boxes and 1 bust)
Includes correspondence between Serge Diaghilev and Sergei Grigoriev, and between other members of Ballets Russes; Diaghilev's contracts with dancers and other performers for Ballets Russes seasons from 1908 to 1929, notes on dance lessons and choreography, and notes on productions, figurines, jewelry for Ballets Russes costumes and objects.
Biographical / Historical
Howard D. Rothschild (d. 1989) was an artist and a major American collector of artwork related to Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. He developed a passion for the Ballets Russes as a child after attending a ballet where Waslaw Nijinsky withdrew from a performance during the company's tour of America in 1916. The collection was amassed by purchase and by gift from the dancers and artists with whom Rothschild developed friendships.
Serge Diaghilev (1872-1929) was a Russian ballet impresario, the founder, producer and artistic director of Ballets Russes.
Ballets Russes was established by Serge Diaghilev in 1909 as a touring company to promote Russian ballet in Europe. After World War I the company permanently relocated to the West. The company gave rise to careers of a great number of outstanding Russian and Western dancers, choreographers, composers and artists who had recreated the art of ballet for the 20th-century, both in Europe and in the United States.
Arranged into the following series:
- I. Correspondence
- II. Contracts
- III. Compositions
- IV. Objects
b, bust in HTC reading room
Immediate Source of Acquisition
No accession number. Bequest of Howard D. Rothschild, 1035 Park Avenue, New York, New York; received: 1990 March 23.
Other parts of the bequest were cataloged as:
Ballets Russes souvenir programs, books and periodicals from the bequest were incorporated into the Harvard Theatre Collection general holdings. Provenance of each item was indicated.
Processed by: Irina Klyagin
The collection was intially processed in 1991 by Catherine Johnson, Amy Lucker and Kathy Markees. It has been frequently used by researchers, so the previous call numbers (where applicable) have been recorded.
- Rothschild, Howard D., collector. Howard D. Rothschild collection on Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev: Manuscripts and objects: Guide.
- Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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