Collection Scope and Content Summary
Title: Dance program and ephemera collection,
Date (inclusive): 1909-1987
Collection number: MS-P026
10.3 linear feet (25 boxes and 5 oversize folders)
University of California, Irvine. Library.
Special Collections and Archives.
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Abstract: This collection comprises printed materials, primarily dance programs, documenting significant international dancers, dance
companies, festivals, performances, and events. The bulk of this collection comprises materials on 20th century American
and European ballet performers and companies, such as the American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Russes and related companies. The
collection also contains dance programs documenting world and folk genres, and international dance styles, primarily Indian,
Japanese, and Spanish. A small group of printed ephemera documents various dance festivals, dance companies, and individuals
such as Isadora Duncan, George Balanchine, Mary Wigman, and others.
Collection is open for research.
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and
their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and University Archives.
Dance Program and Ephemera Collection. MS-P26. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.
This collection was created by UC Irvine Special Collections and Archives staff from a variety of performing arts collections
in cases where the dance programs were tangential to the collection's focus, including the Eugene Loring Papers (MS-P02),
Ruth Clark Lert Dance Library and Archive (MS-P09), and Clarence McGehee Collection on Ruth St. Denis (MS-P25). Sources and
dates of acquisition are not known.
Processed by Linda Akatsu, Emma Kheradyar, William Landis, and Maria Lechuga, 1997-2001. Guide completed by Adrian Turner,
Collection Scope and Content Summary
This collection comprises printed materials, primarily dance programs, documenting significant international dancers, dance
performances, and events. The bulk of this collection comprises materials on 20th century American and European ballet performers
and companies, such as the American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Russes and related companies (including Serge Diaghilev), Ballet
Bolshoi Ballet, Denishawn (including Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn), Martha Graham, New York City Ballet, Anna Pavlova, Royal
Ballet, Russian Ballet, Sadler's
Wells Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. The collection also contains dance programs that document folk genres and international
dance styles, primarily Indian, Japanese, and Spanish. A small group of printed ephemera documents various dance festivals,
festivals, dance companies, and individuals, such as Isadora Duncan, George Balanchine, Mary Wigman, and others.
Some programs contain biographical profiles of performers, numerous illustrations, and reproductions of photographs
by significant artists, such as Léon Basket, André Derain, Nataliia Segeevna Goncharova, George Platt Lynes, and
The term "event program" is used to describe materials printed for particular performances with information concerning features
of the performance, usually with the name of participants or performing arts organizations. Event programs often contain specific
times, dates, cast, and ticket information. The term "souvenir program" is used to describe materials that were issued annually
or seasonally, often lacking specific information about featured performances, times, dates, and performance cast.
This collection is organized into three series.
- Series 1. Ballet and modern dance programs, 1909-1987. 8.2 linear ft.
- Series 2. World dance programs, 1933-1987. 1.4 linear ft.
- Series 3. Dance ephemera, 1920-1987. 0.7 linear ft.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Graham, Martha--Archival resources.
Pavlova, Anna, 1881-1931--Archival resources.
St. Denis, Ruth, 1880-1968--Archival resources.
Shawn, Ted, 1891-1972--Archival resources.
Duncan, Isadora, 1877-1927--Archival resources.
Balanchine, George--Archival resources.
Wigman, Mary, 1886-1973--Archival resources.
American Ballet Theatre--Archival resources.
Ballet russes--Archival resources.
Ballets russes--Archival resources.
Ballets russes du Col. W. de Basil--Archival resources.
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo--Archival resources.
Ballet Theatre (New York, N.Y.)--Archival resources.
Bolshoi teatr SSSR. Balet--Archival resources.
Denishawn School of Dancing--Archival resources.
New York City Ballet--Archival resources.
Royal Ballet--Archival resources.
Sadlers Wells Ballet--Archival resources.
San Francisco Ballet--Archival resources.
Ballet dancers--Archival resources.
Dance companies--Archival resources.
Ballet companies--Archival resources.
Modern dance--Archival resources.
Folk dancing--Archival resources.
Genres and Forms of Material
The following collections in Special Collections and Archives, UC Irvine Libraries, also contain dance programs related to
the creator of the collection:
MS-P02, Eugene Loring Papers
MS-P05, Mary Desti Collection on Isadora Duncan
MS-P23, Donald McKayle Papers
MS-P25, Clarence McGehee Collection on Ruth St. Denis
MS-P28, Scrapbook on Cecil Sharp's English Folk Dance Society School
MS-P29, Mildred Davenport Dance Programs and Dance School Materials
MS-P33, Isadora Duncan Dance Programs and Ephemera
MS-P09, Ruth Clark Lert Dance Library and Archive contains dance programs documenting West Coast dance companies and performers.
MS-P03, John Dougherty Papers contains dance programs documenting both Dougherty's career and other dance companies and performers
whose work he reviewed.