Guide to the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo Press Clipping Scrapbooks MS.P.075

Finding aid prepared by Zoe MacLeod
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
The UCI Libraries
P.O. Box 19557
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California, 92623-9557
949-824-3947
spcoll@uci.edu
© 2012


Title: Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo press clipping scrapbooks
Identifier/Call Number: MS.P.075
Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.8 linear feet (1 box)
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1956-1957
Date (inclusive): 1947, 1956-1957
Language of Collection Materials: Collection materials are in English and French.
Abstract: This collection consists of two scrapbooks containing the press clippings of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo's 1947 and 1956-1957 seasons. The clippings are mostly from American and Canadian newspapers and are in English and French.
Creator: Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.

Access

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo Press Clipping Scrapbooks. MS-P075. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information

Purchased in 2005.

Processing History

Processed by Zoe MacLeod, 2012.

Historical Background

The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo was a ballet company created in 1938 when the Ballet Russes separated into two groups. The company, lead by Leonide Massine and Rene Blum, toured mainly around the U.S. until 1963.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection consists of two scrapbooks containing the press clippings of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo's 1947 and 1956-1957 seasons. The clippings are mostly from American and Canadian newspapers and are in English and French.
Of particular interest are the press clippings of the April 30, 1957 incident at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York when Sergei Denham, director of the Ballet Russe, brought down the curtain before Alexandra Danilova's final solo in Gaite Parisienne in order to avoid paying overtime to the cast and crew. The scrapbook of the 1956-1957 season contains more than 110 clippings about this incident.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. -- Archives
Ballet -- History -- Sources.
Ballet dancers.
Ballets russes -- History -- Sources.
Clippings -- 20th century.