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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 1693

Claudia Goreva and Ivan Kireef photographs and other papers

Personal and promotional materials of dancers, Claudia Goreva and Ivan Kireef.


  • circa 1902-1993

Language of Materials

French, German, Hebrew, Bulgarian, Polish, Greek, Estonian, Finnish, Swedish, Dutch, and English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Access A portion of this collection 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.
Conditions Governing Access Box 1 contains contains fragile posters. Handle with care.


1 linear feet (1 box, 3 folders)

The bulk of the collection includes publicity/promotional materials from their international dancing career, other professional dancers, and advertisements for their ballet school. These promotional materials consist of programs, photographs (stills, headshots), broadsides, handbills, theater posters, and magazine and newspaper articles about Goreva and Kireef's shows. The promotional announcements range from an assortment of designs in black and white to bright multi-colored materials, in various languages. The collection also contains travel documents and personal and professional correspondence in the form of postcards, letters, and other souvenirs.

Biographical / Historical

Claudia Goreva and Ivan Kireef were ballet dancers circa 1920s-1970s. Goreva and Kireef were dance partners and married. The couple were noted dancers of their time, they trained at the Imperial Ballet School in St. Petersburg, Russia. Shortly after their training they joined ballet companies in Russia and Poland. During the 1920s and early 1930s, Goreva and Kireef toured Europe and the Middle East. After World War II, they moved from Paris to the United States and opened a ballet school in New York City for 14 years. Kireef also joined the faculty of Oleg Briansky's Glen Falls Ballet Center in 1972. After Goreva died in 1986, Kireef worked as a ballet instructor at Adirondack Community College until his death in 1991.


Materials are loosely arranged in six series: Correspondence, Promotional Documents, Photographs, Travel Documents, Posters and Broadsides, and Miscellaneous.

Physical Location

ppf, Harvard Depository

Custodial History

Purchased from Bromer Booksellers Inc with funds from the Howard D. Rothschild Bequest, 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2018MT-040. Purchased from Bromer Booksellers Inc in 2017 September.

Processing Information

Minimally processed by Magdaline Lawhorn 2017 October.
Link to catalog
Goreva, Claudia and Kireef, Ivan, 1902-1991. Claudia Goreva and Ivan Kireef photographs and other papers, circa 1902-1993 (MS Thr 1693): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
October 23, 2017
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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