This collection consists of 45 photographs of La Argentina (Antonia Mercé), most taken during the 1930s by Monique Paravicini
and D'Ora; a program from a performance in Paris by La Argentina; and two items of correspondence and a membership card from
Monique Paravicini regarding membership in the association Les Amis D'Argentina. Also included is the pamphlet
Argentina, a brief publication about the career and life of La Argentina. The collection contains several items of La Argentina ephemera
from unknown sources as well.
La Argentina was born Antonia Mercé to her dancer parents Manuel Mercé and Josefina Luque in 1888. She learned to dance from
her father at the age of four, and by nine debuted with the Royal Opera Theater in Madrid, Spain. Following the death of her
father, at the age of fourteen, she retired from ballet, and started training with her mother in her native Spanish dances.
0.5 linear feet (1 box and 1 oversize folder)
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Collection is open for research.