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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 850

Vera Zorina photographs


Preliminary box list only for Vera Zorina photographs.


  • 1920-2000

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and German.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Restricted: fragile; consult curatorial staff (box 16).

The bulk of this collection is not housed at the Harvard Theatre Collection but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


16 linear feet (5 portfolio boxes, 11 boxes)

Includes photographs, slides and negatives documenting Vera Zorina's career and personal life, and photographs of her family and friends.

Biographical / Historical

Vera Zorina (1917-2003) was a ballet dancer, a movie and musical theater actress, a choreographer, and an opera director. She was born Eva Brigitta Hartwig in Berlin to a German father, Frederick Hartwig, and Norwegian mother, Bille Hartwig (née Abigael Johanne Wimpelmann). In 1933 she joined Col. W. de Basil's Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo where her stage name was changed to Vera Zorina. She was married to George Balanchine from 1938 to 1946. After divorcing him she married composer and CBS artistic director Goddard Lieberson (1911-1977) with whom she had two sons, composer Peter Lieberson (1946-2011) and philosopher, writer and journalist Jonathan Lieberson (1949-1989). In 1991 she married harpsichordist Paule Wolfe.


Minimally processed. Arrangement is a rough box list only and materials are not fully sorted. Readers should note that when fully processed, the order of materials may change.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2008MT-103. Gift of Vera Zorina Estate, received: 2009 June 1.

Processing Information

Processed by: Irina Klyagin

Zorina, Vera. Vera Zorina photographs, circa 1920-2000: PRELIMINARY BOX LIST
Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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