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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 1493

Violette Verdy papers

Papers of French-born ballerina Violette Verdy.


  • circa 1952-1999

Language of Materials

Collection material in English, French, and other languages.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


136 linear feet (136 boxes, 11 framed items)

2008.5 Gigabytes

Collection includes correspondence, photographs, posters, scripts, printed material, audiovisual material, shoes, and a costume.

Various framed items stored separately in framed storage

Biographical / Historical

Violette Verdy (born Nelly Armande Guillerm) was a French-born ballerina, choreographer, teacher, and writer. She performed with a number of companies including American Ballet Theatre and the New York City Ballet and was the star of Ludwig Berger's 1950 movie "Ballerina". Verdy served as director with the Paris Opera Ballet in France and the Boston Ballet in the United States and later as head of the ballet program at Indiana University.


Collection is minimally processed. Loosely arranged alphabetically by box title and additional accessions.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Special equipment or surrogate required; consult Houghton staff.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository, ppf

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2016MT-5. Bequest of Violette Verdy; received: 2016 February.
2018MT-111. Bequest of Violette Verdy; received 2018 March 15.
2012MT-50. Bequest of Violette Verdy, 2012.
2006MT-295r. Bequest of Violette Verdy, 2006.

Related Materials

For additional Verdy papers held by the Harvard Theatre Collection, see records in HOLLIS.

Separated Materials

Born-digital material has been separated: Thr1493BD

General note

Includes audiovisual and/or digital media: CDs, videocassettes, DVDs, external hard drive, and audiocassettes.

Processing Information

Accessioned by: Melanie Wisner.
Link to catalog
Verdy, Violette, 1933-2016. Violette Verdy papers, circa 1952-1999: Guide.
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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