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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 1850

Ruthanna Boris papers

Scope and Contents

The collection includes files documenting Boris's involvement with individual ballet companies, her tenure at the University of Washington, Henry Street Settlement/Arts-for-Living, collaboration with composer Hubbard Miller, and work with the ballet "Cakewalk"; audiocassettes and videocassettes; photographs; scrapbooks; manuscript music; printed material; and model figures.


  • circa 1929-2018


Language of Materials

Material is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

This collection is shelved offsite. Retrieval requires advance notice. Check with Houghton Public Services staff.


10.5 linear feet (13 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Ruthanna Boris (1918-2007) was a distinguished American dancer and choreographer with several leading companies and first American ballerina to star in one of the Ballets russes troupes of the 1940s.


Materials are in arrangement as received from donor.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2007MT-64. Bequest, Estate of Ruthanna Boris, 2007.

2022MT-41. Gift of William Whitener, 2021 November 24.

Processing Information

Processed by Adrien Hilton, 2018.

Boris, Ruthanna. Ruthanna Boris papers, circa 1929-2018 (MS Thr 1850): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
September 18, 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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