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Finding Aid of the Grell/Colefax Collection on Russian Ballet

Finding aid prepared by Sue Tyson, October 2013

Summary Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
Grell, Dwight
Grell/Colefax Russian Ballet Archive
Collection no.
circa 1950s-2000s
200.0 Linear feet, 199 boxes
The collection consists of films, books, photographs, sound recordings, posters, costumes, and artwork related to Russian ballet, chiefly the Bolshoi Ballet Company. Collected by Los Angeles resident Dwight Grell from the early 1950s through the 2000s. Many of the materials are in Russian. This collection represents a broad range of subjects: Russian and Soviet Dance; choreography and costume design; and Russian and Soviet culture, including popular culture, as reflected in programs, print materials, and photographs.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Grell/Colefax Russian Ballet Archive, Collection no. 0315, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Historical Note

The Bolshoi Ballet, founded in 1776 and established at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1825, made its first appearance in the West in 1956, at the Royal Opera House in London; 1959 marked its first tour to the United States. The time frame that forms the focus of the Grell/Colefax Collection on Russian Ballet, 1950-2000, has seen three chief choreographers: Leonid Lavrovsky (1944-1964), Yuri Grigorovich (1964-1995), and Vladimir Vasiliev (1995-2000); in 2000, Boris Akimov took on this role, which he held until 2003. Grigorovich also succeeded Lavrovsky as artistic director of the company, a position he held until his replacement by Vasiliev. Important dancers in the company include Galina Ulanova, Maya Plisetskaya, Raisa Struchkova, Yuri Zhdanov, Nikolai Fadeyechev, Vladimir Vasiliev, Mikhail Lavrovsky, Maris Liepa, Natalia Bessmertnova, Ekaterina Maximova, Nina Timofeyeva, Nina Sorokina, Nina Ananiashvili, Irek Mukhamedov, Andris Liepa, Ludmila Semenyaka, Nadezhda Pavlova, and Nina Semizorova, among others.

The company known in the West as the Kirov Ballet was originally named the Mariinsky Ballet in association with its home at the Mariinsky Theater. Renamed the Kirov Ballet in 1935 and then again as the St. Petersburg Maryinsky Ballet in 1991, it is still known outside of Russia as the Kirov Ballet. Dancers associated with the Kirov have been Galina Ulanova, Natalia Makarova, Anna Pavlova, Rudolf Nureyev, Yuri Soloviev, Vakhtang Chabukiani, Natalia Dudinskaya, Ninei Kurgapkina, Askold Makarov, Vaslav Nijinski, Marina Semyonova, and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Early director: Marius Petipa. Teacher Agrippina Vaganova (1879-1951) trained the Kirov's principal dancers; her work "became the foundation of ballet instruction in the Soviet Union" (Columbia Encyclopedia).

Both the Bolshoi and the Kirov Ballet companies made their first appearances in the West in 1956, the Bolshoi Ballet in London, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The Bolshoi first toured the United States in 1959; for the time frame that is the focus of this collection (1950-2000), Grell lists performances in Los Angeles as having taken place in 1959, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1968, 1975, 1975, 1979, 1987, 1990, 1996, and 2000. Along with materials pertaining to these and other companies, the Archive also contains materials concerning International Ballet Competitions, for which Grell played a liaison role. These Competitions began in Varna, Bulgaria, in 1964, and began a rotation with Moscow and Tokyo; the first Competition in the United States took place in 1979. The current rotation includes Jackson, Varna, New York, Shanghai, and Helsinki. Winners of 1986 competition in Jackson were dancers Nina Ananiashvili, Vadim Pisarev, and Andris Liepa; Yuri Grigorovich and Vladimir Vasiliev have served as judges.

Sources: The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012; The International Encyclopedia of Dance (Cohen, Selma Jeanne, ed., Oxford University Press. 1998; online via Oxford Reference, 2005).

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Biographical Note

Dwight Grell was born in Los Angeles, California to a family of modest means. A music lover as a youth, he was 17 years old when he attended his first ballet--a performance of Sleeping Beauty with Margot Fonteyn at the Shrine Auditorium--and subsequently saw ballet films in 1957 featuring Russian dancers, including Galina Ulanova and Maya Plisetskaya, in performance. His interest sparked, especially by the Bolshoi Ballet, whose work he prized for what he describes as their "dynamic" and "powerful" style of dance, Grell went to see the company during its first U.S. tour in 1959, an event that was to change his life. Even as he worked in a button factory, Grell attended every performance he could, and began collecting programs, posters, and photographs, as well as asking for autographs; indeed, as he states, the Grell/Colefax Russian Ballet Archive began in 1959 when Grell acquired a small autographed photograph of Plisetskaya dancing the role of Zarema in the Fountain of Bakchisirai. In 1962, he began creating his first rudimentary exhibitions, and in 1963, Raisa Struchkova gave Grell an autographed pair of her ballet slippers--his first. From that point on, Grell began asking performers if he could have slippers from various performances.

In 1966, Russian expatriate Sonia Colefax [1896-1991] opened her Hancock Park home to Grell, providing the collection with a place in which to grow; that same year, Grell acquired American ballet presenter Sol Hurok's ballet-related materials. Grell began to assemble exhibitions, with the aim of both promoting Russian ballet and of educating audiences about Russian theatre and ballet. He created his first exhibit in the lobby of the Regent Theatre in Westwood, to accompany a screening of the film "Bolshoi '67". Shortly thereafter, seeking to create what he termed a "cultural bridge," he wrote a letter to the periodical Soviet Life, in which he expressed his admiration and gratitude for the Bolshoi Ballet; his mailing to the magazine included also photos from this first exhibition.

When Soviet Life published the letter in 1968, long after Grell had sent it, Grell's fledgling Archive gained an international dimension, when Roger L. Stevenson, a ballet enthusiast from New Zealand, read it and began sending Grell reels of 16- and 35-mm film concerning the Bolshoi Theatre and its ballet company. Stevenson sent commercial as well as non-commercial films: films and documentaries made by the Bolshoi and newsreels about its artists. Continuing in his educational mission, Grell purchased a 16-mm projector, and began to show these films in ballet schools and university classes; his first screenings occurred around 1970 and continued into the 1980s. Screenings included a 1974 screening, Two Hours of Film from the Bolshoi Ballet and the Leningrad-Kirov Ballet; screenings in 1976 and 1977 at the Vanguard Theatre (Los Angeles) of The Ballet of the Bolshoi Theatre, programs I and II (film drawn from the Archive and from footage taken by William P. Merriman and Grell during 1976 Bolshoi trip); and screenings in other locations, including at the Arizona Alliance for Arts Education (1976); Town Hall of California (1985); and the Long Beach Ballet (1986). Featured dancers included Maya Plisetskaya, Nadzehda Pavlova, Nina Sorokina, Ludmilla Semenyaka, Alexander Godunov, Vyacheslav Gordeyev, Vladimir Vasiliev, and others, in performances and rehearsals from Swan Lake, Giselle, La Rose Malade, and other ballets.

Grell continued to build the collection, buying or being sent all sorts of ballet-related materials; in 1969, he embarked on his first trip abroad, to see the Bolshoi Ballet perform the Western premiere of Spartacus at the Royal Opera House in London; he traveled in 1972 to see them in Paris. Todd Lechtick became the Archive's official photographer, capturing images in the Soviet Union, the United States, and elsewhere in Europe. In 1975, Grell took his first trip to Moscow, on the occasion of the Bolshoi's 200th Jubilee (1975-1976), and he met many of the Bolshoi's leading dancers. He requested, and was granted, permission by the ministry of culture to film ballet classes and rehearsals; he was the first Westerner to receive permission to do so for educational, noncommercial purposes. He filmed luminaries from both the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballets, including Galina Ulanova, Marina Semyonova, Nadia Pavlova, Asaf Messerer, Alexander Pushkin, Natalia Dudinskaya, Ninella Kurgapkina, and many others. His intent was to show students in the United States what it took to be a dancer of their caliber and that they were "normal everyday human beings, not something that you’d wind up and turn on" (Dwight Grell, His House, 7/23/87).

Once again in the United States, Grell traveled to many states to show the Archive's films, and continued to create exhibits for venue lobbies for ballet tours. He wrote articles on events surrounding ballet and the Bolshoi and gave lectures, held screenings, and showed exhibitions from the Archive; he studied dance for two years in order to understand it better from a technical perspective. In 1985, Grell became active in founding the International Association of Friends of Soviet Ballet, serving as Vice President and Permanent Curator; Mikhail Lavrovsky and Vladimir Vasiliev served as Honorary Presidents; and Gennady Alfarenko (USSR), Olga Smoak (US), Gordon Partridge (US) as Acting Presidents. In January 1986, Grell founded the Ballet of the Bolshoi Theatre Archive as a nonprofit organization, with its major goals being to secure a permanent facility capable of supporting research and to create a master teacher program based in the Vaganova training syllabus (the training program established by Agrippina Vaganova). He also served on the Advisory Council for the International Dance Alliance, Ltd., and on the Advisory Board of the International Association of Friends of the Soviet Ballet. Supplementing his purchases of ballet-related materials, including films, dancers, teachers, choreographers, artists, and people from various venues sent brochures, booklets, photographs, books, artwork, scores, cassettes and other items; for exhibits, Grell framed the Bolshoi photographs in red and gold, and Kirov photographs in blue for exhibits. Grell attended International Ballet Competitions in 1985 and 1986, and served as liaison for the Russian contingent there. He expressed a desire that the Ballet Archive be sent to wherever the Bolshoi Ballet was performing in the United States, and purchased flowers to throw to principals after every performance.

In 1987, Grell organized a major exhibition in the foyer of the Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center in Los Angeles, so that the audience could see the collection and then see the performances during the Bolshoi's three-week engagement there. The Archive's second major exhibition was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles in 1990; both of these exhibitions coincided with Bolshoi appearances and focused on the dancers appearing and on the repertoire being performed at the time. Grell organized a third exhibition, for the La Muse Eternelle tour in Tokyo, Japan, in 1995. A fourth exhibition in 2000 covered the Bolshoi from 1956-2000, starting with the company’s first appearances at Covent Garden, London, in 1956, and its first US tour (1959).

Sources: Press Bulletin for the International Ballet Competition, Moscow 1989 and from document accompanying the video; from an exhibition text panel; from LA Times article, 8/12/87: The Bolshoi Ballet: One Man’s Hobby, by Julie Wheelock

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of planning documents; articles by Grell; approximately 7,000 photographs; correspondence; approximately 600 programs; exhibition materials, including text panels and titles; costumes; autographed ballet slippers; posters; fliers; brochures; noncommercial and commercial videotapes; original and noncommercial films; commercial DVDs; books; serials; newspaper and magazine clippings; original artwork, including sketches, drawings, paintings, and costume designs; sculptures; scores and librettos; scrapbooks; long-playing records; cassettes; commemorative medallions and buttons; portions of stages on which companies danced; jewelry boxes; postage stamps; ephemera including ticket stubs, backstage passes, calendars, and invoices and receipts; and handwritten notes. Materials are from all over the world where the Bolshoi, Kirov, and other ballet companies traveled and performed; countries and continents represented include the United States, Soviet Union and Russia, Europe, Japan, Latin America, Cuba, and Canada.

Included are materials that elucidate the Archive's history and purpose, including writings by Grell, a video and accompanying script (entitled For the Love of Art: The Story of Dwight Grell and His Ballet Archives), various statements issued by the Archive; and letters reflecting the appreciation civic and cultural organizations had for Grell and the Archive's work. The photographs provide extensive coverage of Soviet and Russian ballet and its leading figures from the perspectives of performance, portrait and candid shots, and rehearsal and instruction; in particular, the photographs provide a great opportunity to study the work, costuming, and staging practices of Russian and Soviet ballet and of principal dancers and directors including Maya Plisetskaya, Vladimir Vasiliev, Galina Ulanova, Yuri Grigorovich, and many others. Included also are rare programs from the Soviet Union from early and mid-20th century, and rare recordings of ballets, including on Soviet record labels. The collection contains paintings and drawings of artists such as Valery Kosorukov and Nancy Fontaine, whose works were shown in the Archive’s exhibitions. The Archive's audiovisual materials contain unique coverage of Soviet dancers learning, practicing, and discussing their art, while its thousands of clippings, arranged by year and sorted into English and other languages, provide an opportunity to trace critical reception of Soviet and Russian ballet.

This collection represents a broad range of subjects: Russian and Soviet Dance; choreography and costume design; and Russian and Soviet culture, including popular culture, as reflected in programs, print materials, and photographs.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
October 2013
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access. Consult finding aid for additional information.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection contains published materials; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.


Gift of Dwight Grell, 2003.

Processing Note

Sue Tyson processed the collection in 2013, with assistance from Crispin Brooks and Libet Chang Stanhope as Russian-English translators, and Daniel Nguyen. For those materials that were labelled and placed together or in a particular order upon arrival, original order was maintained. Most of the collection was not in order. Sue Tyson analyzed the collection's contents and created series based on their contents and subject matter. Those photographs that were not found together under a particular topic or theme were arranged by subject (Performance, Portraits and Candids, and Rehearsal and Instruction), by ballet company (Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet, Other Companies, and Unidentified Companies), by ballet, and by year, depending on what information was available on the photographs; where photographs included no identifying information, they were arranged by subject.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Bolʹshoĭ teatr SSSR. Balet. -- Archives
  • Leningradskiĭ gosudarstvennyĭ akademicheskiĭ teatr opery i baleta imeni S.M. Kirova. -- Archives


  • Audiotapes
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Costumes (character dress)
  • Ephemera
  • Photographs
  • Publications
  • Videotapes

Personal Name(s)

  • Grell, Dwight -- Archives
  • Pliset︠s︡kai︠a︡, Maĭi︠a︡ , 1926- -- Archives
  • Vasilʹev, Vladimir Viktorovich, 1940- -- Archives


  • Ballet companies--Soviet Union--Archival resources
  • Ballet dancers--Soviet Union--Archival resources
  • Ballet--Costume
  • Ballet--Soviet Union--Archival resources
  • Ballet--Soviet Union--Photographs

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Administrative 

Scope and Content

This series contains materials concerning the purpose, functions, and activities of the Grell/Colefax Collection on Russian ballet. Major topics in the Administrative series include documents providing an overview of the Archive and its goals; the Archive’s interactions with other civic and cultural institutions; planning documents for tours and exhibits; documents relating to Grell’s work as President of the Archive and as production assistant and liaison on various tours; writings by Grell, including articles he wrote for the newsletter "Danceletter" and the letter he wrote to Soviet Life, “To the Bolshoi Ballet from an American Admirer,” and associated notes; materials supporting various film screenings and listing the contents of various films; meeting agendas; documents concerning Sonya Colefax; a script for a video about the Archive, entitled For the Love of Art:The Story of Dwight Grell and His Ballet Archives; biographical information about Grell; research on ballet; and notes. A subseries, Exhibitions, contains materials concerning the administration of exhibitions.

Box Folder

 Ambassador International Cultural Foundation Presentation of Kirov Ballet, Shrine Theatre 1986 

1 1

 American Ballet Theatre--Swan Lake 1988 

1 2

 The Bolshoi -- Big Ballet: A Company Like No Other 1980 

1 3

 Bolshoi Ballet--London Performances--Clippings, Venue Information, Itineraries 1986 

1 4

 Bolshoi Ballet--1975 Tour 1975 

1 5

 Bolshoi Ballet--Rehearsals 1975-1977 

Scope and Content

Box contains a calendar, with text in Russian, originally found in a mailer labeled "Rehearsal Sheet Paris '77 Information Sheet Bolshoi Tour '75."

Box Folder

 Bolshoi Ballet--2000 Tour 2000 

1 6

 Bolshoi Ballet--2002 Tour 2002 

1 7

 Bolshoi Ballet--The Bolshoi on Home Video: 1953-1987 (Clipping) 1987 

1 8

 Bolshoi Ballet Documentary, WYES-TV, New Orleans 1976 

1 9

 Bolshoi Ballet Letters 1985 

1 10

 Bolshoi Photo ID Re: Soviet Weekly Undated 

1 11

 Dorothy Chandler Pavilion--Seating Chart and Floor Plan 1989; Undated 

1 12

 Civic and Cultural Affiliations 1985-1994; Undated 

Scope and Content

Contains one program from the World Cultural Alliance. Also contains a folder from the City Hearts Performing Arts program, which offered free "dance, music, mime, and movement classes to the children of Skid Row, the city's heart" (from the Statement of History and Purpose included in the folder).

1 13-15

 Colefax, Sonya 1939-1997; Undated 

1 16

 Computer Files Undated 

1 17

 Donations--Programs and Clippings 1981 

Scope and Contents note

Contains donations to collection from Olga Smoak

1 18


Box Folder

 Exhibitions--Notes and Planning Undated; 1983-1990 

1 19-26

 Exhibitions--Pointes of Light Student Cultural Program 1990 

1 27

 Exhibitions--Text Panels Undated 

1 28

 Exhibitions--Text Panels Undated 

Box Box

 Exhibit Labels and Banners Undated 

Scope and Content

Box 61 contains exhibit labels, including for the Kirov Ballet's Firebird and Scheherezade performances. Box 64 contains a banner announcing a film screening from the film collection of Dwight Grell. See also the banners listed in Box 75.

64 61
Box Folder

 Expenditures and Receipts 1994 

1 29

 Film Screenings--From the Film Collection of Dwight Grell 1970 

Scope and Contents note

Contains a notebook with screening dates and guest lists.

1 30

 Film Screenings--From the Film Collection of Dwight Grell--Theatre Vanguard 1974-1977; Undated 

1 31

 Film Screenings--Introduction of Films in Soviet Union 1975 

Scope and Contents note

Text in English, with Russian translation.

1 32

 [Film Screenings?]--Title Designs [1976?] 

1 33

 Film Screenings--Title Designs, Ballet of the Bolshoi Theatre--For Film Presentation--Taken in Moscow 1976 1976 

1 34

 Films (Contents) Undated 

Scope and Contents note

Folder 1:35 lists contents of Ballet of the Bolshoi Theatre, Highlights A & B and of The Kirov Instructional Film. Folder 1:36 contains contents and an overview of the series The Golden Age of Russian Ballet, five films featuring clips and choreography. Folder 1:37 contains synopses of the series Stars of the Russian Ballet, seven films dated 1976-1988.

1 35-37

 For the Love of Art: The Story of Dwight Grell and His Ballet Archives (Script) 1997 

Scope and Contents note

Script for video by Karen M. Ziegle, for Professor Joe Saltzman, for a USC documentary class.

1 38

 Fundraising--Bolshoi Theatre Archive Collection 1987 

1 39

 Grell, Dwight--Appointment Book 1975; Undated 

1 40

 Grell, Dwight--Articles By Undated; 1974-2009 

Scope and Content

Folders contain articles, clippings, and photographs.

1 41-42

 Grell, Dwight--Biography Original 1986 

Scope and Contents note

Contains programs, an article in Russian, and correspondence found together in folder with this label.

1 43

 Grell, Dwight--Certificate of Appreciation Undated 

Scope and Content

Contains Certificate of Appreciation for Grell's support of the Arizona Dance Guild.

1 44

 Insurance Appraisal--Nancy Fontaine 

1 45

 International Ballet Competition 1986 

1 46
Box Box

 Invoices and Receipts 1986-2000 

Scope and Contents note

Contains a sampling of the scores of receipts and invoices originally included with the collection.

2 154
Box Folder

 Kirov Ballet Instructional Film Undated 

Scope and Contents note

Contains material found together in bag labeled "Vaganova School Leningrad-Kirov Ballet."

2 2

 Kirov Ballet--Materials Concerning 1999-2002; Undated 

2 3

 Loans--Documentation 2002 

2 4

 Los Angeles Classical Ballet "Rep" Deck Cues 1992-1993; Undated 

Scope and Contents note

Deck dues, rail cues, program

2 5

 Meetings--Agendas 1993 

Scope and Contents note

Nureyev celebration.

2 6

 Notes and Planning 1987-1977; Undated 

2 7-12
Box Box

 Overview and History of the Archive 1985-2000; Undated 

Scope and Content

Folder contains documents that describe the purpose, mission, and history of the Archive. The folder also contains the videotape, For the Love of Art:The Story of Dwight Grell and His Ballet Archives, a profile of Grell and the Archive. Also contains two pictures of Dwight Grell with Sonia Colefax.

154 2

 Overview and History of the Archive--Albums Undated 

Scope and Content

Box contains an album with copies of letters dating from 1974-1986; images of programs; copies of newspaper and magazine clippings; copies of Grell's articles; signed photographs; photos of exhibitions; and other materials. The box also contains one unused guestbook, and drafts of text, for a visit of Maya Plisetskaya and other dancers to the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles in 1988, and an album with photos costumes and of Grell with various dancers.

Box Box

 Photographs Undated 

Scope and Contents note

Contains photocopies of photographs sent by Dwight Grell to Nancy Fontaine to document the Archive's holdings.

149 2
Box Folder

 Maya Plisetskaya--List of Materials Loaned to Ambassador Foundation and Brief Career Outline Undated 

2 15

 Program of the Performance--Coronation of Nicholas & Alexandra, May 17, 1896--Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow Undated 

Scope and Contents note

Folder does not contain a program for this event; instead, it contains handwritten notes about a performance, an encyclopedia article, and an envelope stating that it contained the 1896 program. This envelope was found empty.

2 16

 Proposal for a Museum of Russian Ballet in Culver City Undated 

2 17

 Research on Ballet Undated 

Scope and Contents note

Contains encyclopedia article in Russian and text of the Corsair.


 Stars of the Bolshoi Ballet 2001 

2 19

 Stationery Undated 

2 20

 Tour Schedule--Bolshoi Ballet 1999 

2 21
Box Box Folder

 Travel Documents 1994 

154 2 22
Box Folder

 US-USSR General Exchanges Agreement 1985 

2 23

 Personal Journals Undated 

Scope and Content

Contains two personal journals presumably written by Dwight Grell.

7 3

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Series 2:  Correspondence 

Scope and Content

This series contains mostly correspondence written to and by Dwight Grell; also included are letters or notes to or from other parties. Any clippings, photos, or other materials sent with the correspondence have been retained with it. Much of the correspondence has to do with the Grell and the Archive’s exhibitions, film screenings, and educational lectures; many letters are from civic and cultural organizations thanking Grell and the Archive for their contribution. This series also contains scores of greeting cards sent by dancers, friends, and associates. While most of these do not contain much handwritten text, some of them contain short letters.

Box Folder

 1960s 1966-1969 

Scope and Content

Folder 4:3 contains letters and pictures found together and dated 1966-1967. Folder 4:4 contains materials dated 1967-1969. Folder 4:5 contains greeting cards addressed to Sonya Colefax, dated 1967. Folder 4:6 contains correspondence dated 1968. Folder 4:7 contains correspondence dated 1969.

4 3-7

 1970s 1970-1979 

Scope and Content

Folder 4:8 contains letters from 1970-1986 found clipped together. Letters are from civic and cultural organizations, including the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center Library and Museum of Performing Arts, the Embassy of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the Anna Pavlova Memorial Museum, the Joffrey Ballet, Sangamon State University, and others; the focus of the letters is appreciation for the work of Grell and of the Archive. Folder 4:9 contains correspondence from 1970; Folder 4:10 from 1971; Folder 4:11 from 1973; Folder 4:12 from 1974; Folder 4:13 from 1975; Folder 4:14 from 1975-1976; Folder 4:15 from 1976; Folder 4:16 from 1977; Folder 4:17 from 1978; and Folder 4:18 from 1979.

4 8-18

 1980s 1980-1989 

    Box Folder
Mixed materials   4 19-33
    Box Folder
Textual materials   5 1-2

Scope and Content

Folder 4:19 contains correspondence from 1980; Folder 4:20 from 1981; Folder 4:21 from 1982; Folder 4:22 from 1983; Folder 4:23 from 1984; Folders 4:24-4:27 from 1985; Folder 4:28 for 1986; Folders 4:29-4:31 for 1987; and Folders 4:32-4:33 from 1988. Folder 4:25 contains a set of letters from various organizations that were originally found in an envelope labeled "complete set in exact order!" Folder 4:27 contains materials originally found in a folder labeled "Intl. Assoc. Friends of Soviet Ballet." Folder 4:29 contains materials concerning the Moscow Ballet American Debut Tour. Folder 4:33 contains materials found in an envelope labeled "Maya--Boston USA Tour '88." Folders 5:1-5:2 contain correspondence from 1989.

Box Folder Box

 1990s 1990-1999 

Scope and Content

Folders 5:3-5:4 contain correspondence from 1990; Folders 5:5-5:6 contain correspondence from 1991; Folder 5:7 contains correspondence from 1992; Folder 5:8 from 1993; Folder 5:9 from 1994; Folder 5:10 from circa 1994; Folder 5:11 from 1994-1995; Folder 5:12 from 1995; Folder 5:13 from 1995-1997; Folder 5:14 from 1995-2001; Folder 5:15 from 1996; Folder 5:16 from 1997; Folder 5:17 from 1998; and Folder 5:18 from 1999. Folder 5:6 contains material concerning actor Reggie Nalder, found together. Folder 5:10 includes contact sheets from photographer Nina Alovert for ballets including Chopiniana, Les Sylphides, Scherezade, and Firebird. Folder 5:11 contains correspondence and materials concerning La Muse Eternelle. Folder 5:14 contains materials concerning the Bolshoi/UNESCO project.

5 3-18 154
Box Folder

 2000s 2000-2008 

Scope and Content

Folder 5:19 contains correspondence from 2000; 5:20 from 2001; 5:21 from 2002; 5:22 from 2003; 5:23 from 2005; and 5:24 from 2008.

5 19-24
Box Box Folder

 Undated Undated 

Scope and Content

Contents of Folder 4:2 were originally included together in an envelope labeled 1968-1973; letter accompanying these is undated.

154 4 1-2

 Greeting Cards 

    Box Folder
Graphic materials   6 1-4
    Box Folder
Textual materials   7 1-2

Scope and Content

Folders 6:1-6:4 and 7:1-7:2 contain greeting cards, most of which were sent to Grell.

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Series 3:  Photographs 

Scope and Content

This series contains approximately seven thousand photographs, many of which have been mounted for exhibition and many of which are autographed. This series is divided into several subseries: Performance; Portraits and Candids; Rehearsal and Instruction; Other Subjects; and Photographs Mounted for Exhibition. The Performance category has been divided into subseries, for Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet, Other Companies, and Unidentified Companies. The Photographs Mounted for Exhibition subseries includes scores of mounted photographs and photograph collages, many of them autographed, that were framed for exhibition (Grell used gold frames and red mounting for Bolshoi Ballet images, and blue mounting and black frames for Kirov).

While many of the photographs lack identifying information, dates and/or names of dancers, ballets, choreographers, and photographers appear on many photos. Dancers and choreographers named include Yuri Grigorovich, Maya Plisetskaya, Vladimir Vasiliev, Irina Kolpakova, Galina Mezintseva, Yuri Soloviev, Nadia Pavlova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Marina Semyonova, Vakhtang Chabukiani, Galina Ulanova, Alexander Radunsky, Asaf Messerer, Ludmila Semenyaka, Marina Semyonova, Alexander Godunov, Natalia Bessmertnova, Raisa Struchkova, Ekaterina Maximova, Irek Mukhamedov, Nina Timofeyeva, Maurice Bejart, Maris Liepa, Andris Liepa, Natalia Makarova, Gediminas Taranda, Leonid Lavrovsky, Mikhail Lavrovsky, Nina Anianshvili, Yuri Zhdanov, and many others. Photographers named include Todd Lechtick, Judy Cameron, Nina Alovert, Francette Levieux, Jennie Walton, Snowden, Vladimir Pcholkin (also known as Pchalkin), Edward Griffiths, Jane Stephen, Janet O'Keeffe, Susanne Richelle, Branco Gaica, David Sandberg, Beverly Gallegos, Rosemary Winckley, Bliokh, John Mahoney, Sasha Gusov, A. Lidov, Dina Makarov, Judy Rogg, and Mike Humphrey.


 Bolshoi Ballet 

Box Folder

 The Bolshoi Ballet (Film) 1958 

Scope and Contents note

Contains one photograph, from The Fountain of Bakhchisarai.

8 1

 Bolshoi Ballet '67 (Film) 1963-1967 

Scope and Contents note

Folder contains promotional stills as well as candid shots; it also contains a flier for a screening of the film.

8 2

 Multiple Ballets Undated; 1968-2000 

Scope and Contents note

Folder 8:3 contains pages from a binder with photographs from several different ballets; these contents are undated. Folders 8:5-8:6 contains a 1968 booklet of postcards featuring various dancers.

8 3-6

 Plisetskaya Dances (Film) 1960 

8 7

 Bolshoi Ballet Stars--Slides Undated 

8 8

 Unidentified Ballets Undated; 1959-2005 

Scope and Content

Folders 8:9-8:18 contain undated photographs featuring dancers in solo and ensemble shots. Folder 8:19 contains photographs from 1959; 8:20 from the 1960s; 8:21-8:22 from the 1970s; 8:23-8:26 from the 1980s; 8:27 from the 1990s; and 8:28 from 2005.

8 9-28

 AIDS Hospice Benefit, Pasadena, California [1990-1991] 

8 29

 Angara 1976; Undated 

8 30

 Anna Karenina 1974; Undated 

Scope and Contents note

Includes numerous stills from the film featuring Maya Plisetskaya.

8 31

 Anyuta 1985-1986 

8 32

 Assel Undated 

8 33

 Assorted Smaller Pieces Undated; 1932-2000 

Scope and Contents note

Folder 8:34 contains undated photographs. Folder 8:35 contains photographs dated 1932-1969. Folder 8:36 contains photographs dated 1972-2000.

8 34-36

 Ballet School 1962-1974; Undated 

8 37

 La Bayadere 1982-circa 1999 

8 38

 Biographies of a Life / Fragments of a Life/ Fragments of a Biography 1983-1984; Undated 

8 39

 Bolero 1975-1978 

8 40

 The Bronze Horseman 1950-1958 

8 41

 Carmen Undated 

8 42

 Carmen Suite 1968-circa 1980 

Scope and Content

Along with photographs from performances in 1968 and 1969 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Gardens, choreographed by Alberto Alonso, Folder 8:43 includes an article from After Dark magazine entitled Two Carmens: Russian and Cuban Style, comparing Maya Plisetskaya and Alicia Alonso in the role. Folder 8:44 contains photographs and postcards from performances from 1970-circa 1980.

8 43-44

 Chopiniana circa 1960 

8 45

 Cinderella 1956-1977; Undated 

Scope and Contents note

Folder 8:46 contains undated photos and photos from 1956-1959. Folder 8:47 contains photos from 1973-1977.

8 46-47

 Coppelia Undated; 1972 

8 48

 Le Corsaire Undated; 1967-circa 1970 

Scope and Contents note

Folder 8:49 contains undated photographs. Folder 8:50 contains photographs dated from 1967-circa 1970. Some photographs are dated "mid-1960s."

8 49-50
Box Folder Box Box

 Don Quixote Undated 

8 51-55 9 155
Box Folder

 The Dying Swan 1958-1987 

Scope and Contents note

Folder 9:11 contains an undated photograph [of Maya Plisetskaya]. Folder 9:12 contains photographs of Maya Plisetskaya in performances dating from 1958-1974, the latter at the Shrine Theatre. Folder 9:13 contains one photograph of Alla Mikhalchenko performing the role.

9 11-13

 Esmeralda 1957-1961 

9 14

 Etude (Liszt) 1960 

9 15

 La Fielle Mal Gardee 1973 

9 16

 The Firebird 1964-1966 

9 17

 The Flames of Paris 1933-1950; Undated 

9 18
Box Box

 The Fountain of Bakhchisarai Undated; 1950-1965 

9 154
Box Folder

 Giselle Undated; circa 1950-2000 

Scope and Contents note

Folders 9:21-9:22 contain undated photographs. Folder 9:23 contains photographs from circa 1950-1957; Folders 9:24-9:25 from 1967 (from performances and filming in Canada); Folders 9:26-9:27 from circa 1960-1969; 9:28 from 1972-1975; 9:29 from 1986 to circa 1989; and 9:30 for 1994-2000.

9 21-30

 The Golden Age Undated; 1986 

Scope and Contents note

Folder 9:31 contains undated photographs; Folder 9:32 photographs from 1986.

9 31-32

 Hamlet (Film) 1960-1979; Undated 

9 33

 Homage to Ulanova 1982-1984; Undated 

9 34

 Icarus Undated; circa 1967-1979 

Scope and Contents note

Folder 9:35 contains undated photographs; Folder 9:36 photos from circa 1967; and Folder 9:37 photos from 1971-1979.

9 35-37
Box Box

 Isadora Circa 1970 

Scope and Contents note

Choreography by Maurice Bejart.

9 149
Box Folder

 Ivan the Terrible Undated; 1975-1986 

Scope and Contents note

9:39 contains undated photos; 9:40 contains photos from 1975-1979, as well as photos labeled as being from the 1970s; 9:41 contains photos from 1981-1986.

9 39-41

 Laurencia 1956-1966 

Scope and Contents note

Folder contains photographs dated 1956, 1962, and 1966 (the latter a postcard).

9 42

 Legend of Love Undated; 1965-circa 1980 

Scope and Contents note

Folder 9:43 contains undated photographs; 9:44 contains photographs dated 1965 to circa 1980.

9 43-44

 The Little Humpbacked Horse Undated; 1960-circa 1970 

Scope and Contents note

Contains photographs from performances in Moscow and in London. Dancers featured include Maya Plisetskaya, Vladimir Vasiliev, Yelena Riabinkina, Boris Akimov, and Alla Shcherbinina; choreographers listed are Radunsky and Gorsky. Contains black-and-white and color photographs from performances of version Radunksy, Moscow, featuring Tatiana Golikova, Boris Akimov, Maya Plisetskaya, Vladimir Vasiliev, Victor Smirnov, and Alexander Radunsky, and a signed photographic portrait of Maya Samokhvalova from a performance in Moscow. Photographer A. Lidov is credited on one photograph. Folder 9:45 contains undated photographs, most of which appear to be from a magazine; Folder 9:46 contains photos dated 1960-circa 1970; Folder 9:47 contains undated stills from a film version of this ballet.

9 45-47

 MacBeth Undated; 1980-1983 

9 48

 The Nutcracker Undated; circa 1940-circa 1980 

Scope and Contents note

Folder 10:1 contains undated photos; Folder 10:2 photos dated circa 1940-1959; Folder 10:3 photos dated 1960-1969; Folder 10:4 photos dated 1970-1979; Folder 10:5 photos dated 1980.

10 1-5

 The Old Tango (Television Show) 1979 

10 6

 Paganini Undated; 1960-1999 

Scope and Contents note

Folder 10:7 contains undated photos, and Folder 10:8 contains photos dated 1960 and 1999.

10 7-8

 Phaedra Undated; 1973 

Scope and Contents note

Folder 10:9 contains undated photos; Folder 10:10 contains photos from 1973.

10 9-10

 Pharaoh's Daughter 2000 

10 11

 Porgy and Bess 1984 

10 12

 Preludes and Fugues 1971-circa 1975; Undated 

10 13

 Pro and Contra 1972 

10 14

 Raymonda Undated; circa 1958- 

Scope and Contents note

Folder 10:15 contains undated photographs; Folder 10:16 contains photos dated circa 1958-1959; Folder 10:17 photos dated 1960-1966; Folder 10:18 photos dated 1985-1987; Folder 10:19 photos dated 1999, plus one photo dated 1990s.

10 15-19

 The Red Poppy Undated; circa 1950 

Scope and Contents note

Folder 10:20 contains undated photographs. Folder 10:21 contains one photograph dated circa 1950.

10 20-21

 The Rite of Spring / Le Sacre du Printemps Undated; 1965-circa 1972 

10 22
Box Box

 Romeo and Juliet Undated; 1940-circa 1998 

Scope and Contents note

Folders 10:23-10:25 contain undated photographs; 10:23 holds photos signed by Vladimir Vasiliev. Folder 10:26 contains photographs from 1940-1959, including from a filmed version. Folder 10:27 includes photos from 1960-1969, including from a 1968 film; and Folder 10:28 contains photographs from 1973-1979, including from television and film productions in 1976 (a press release accompanies the television shots, from a CBS Broadcast entitled The Bolshoi Ballet: Romeo and Juliet). Folder 10:29 contains photographs from circa 1998.

155 10
Box Folder

 La Rose Malade Undated; circa 1974-1984 

Scope and Content

Along with photographs, the folder also contains a sheet with quotes by Maya Plisetskaya about this piece.

10 30

 The Sleeping Beauty Undated; 1950-1975 

Scope and Contents note

Folders 10:31 and 10:32 contain undated photos. Folders 10:33-10:34 contain photos dated 1950-1975 (Folder 10:34 from version Grigorovich, New York City).

10 31-34

 Spartacus Undated; 1962-1975 

Scope and Contents note

Folders 10:35-10:38 contain undated photographs. Folder 10:39 contains photos from 1962-1969; this folder also contains a magazine article with numerous photos, entitled "Spartacus" and Plisetskaya (Ralph Parker, Dance Magazine, September 1962). Folder 10:40 contains photographs from Paris, 1972, and 10:41 from Los Angeles, 1975.

10 35-41

 Spartacus 1971-1989 

Scope and Contents note

Folder 11:1 contains photos dated 1977, taken in New Orleans; Folder 11:2 contains photographs dated 1971-1979, taken at various locations; Folders 11:3-11:4 contain photos from performances in New York City from 1975-1979; and Folder 11:5 contains photographs taken from 1986-1989 (some are labeled "1980s.") Folder 11:6 contains photographs from a film version; these are undated or bear the date 1977.

11 1-6

 La Spectre de la Rose Undated; circa 1968-circa 2000 

11 7

 Stars of the Bolshoi Ballet / Les Etoiles du Bolchoi Undated 

11 8

 The Stone Flower Undated; 1954-1964 

Scope and Contents note

Some photos are dated "1960s."

11 9

 Swan Lake Undated; 1901-2000 

Scope and Contents note

Folders 11:10 and 11:11 contain undated photos. Folder 11:12 contains photos dated 1901-1969; the photo dated 1901 was issued in 1965. Folder 11:13 contains photos dated 1972-1975; Folder 11:14 contains photographs dated 1977-1979; Folder 11:15 contains photos dated 1980-2000.

11 10-15

 Les Sylphides Undated; circa 1958-1995 

11 16

 These Enchanting Sounds Undated; 1978 

11 17

 Tristan and Isolde Undated 

11 18

 Walpurgis Night Undated 

11 19

 The Bolshoi Classical Collection 1999 

Scope and Contents note

Contains ten contact sheets of photographs taken by Todd Lechtick for September 11-12, 1999 engagement.

11 20

 Various Ballets Undated 

Scope and Contents note

Folder contains fifty-eight contact sheets from various performances.

11 21
Box Box Box Box Box Box Box Box Box

 Mounted and Oversize Photographs 

Scope and Content

Boxes contain photographs from a range of ballets and exhibitions; many of these are signed, or have signatures accompanying them on their mounting. Many of the photos have no identifying information or do not identify dancers or performances; those in this series have been filed with it because they feature dancers from the company. Box 19 contains photographs dating in the 1950s; Assorted Smaller Pieces; and photographs from Anna Karenina, La Bayadere, The Bolshoi Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet '67 (Films), Carmen Suite, Cinderella, Don Quixote, The Fountain of Bakhchisirai, and Giselle. Box 20 contains a photograph of Alexander Godunov from La Rose Malade, as well as photographs from Giselle, The Golden Age, International Ballet Competitions, Laurencia, Legend of Love, The Little Humpbacked Horse, La Rose Malade, The Nutcracker, Paganini, and The Red Poppy. Box 21 contains a photograph of Maya Plisetskaya in Swan Lake, as well as photos from Raymonda and Romeo and Juliet. Box 22 contains a photograph from Sleeping Beauty, as well as photographs from Spartacus and the Stone Flower. Among the Spartacus photographs are some of rehearsals for this ballet. Box 23 contains photographs from Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, and Walpurgisnacht. Box 24 contains mounted collages and photographs from various ballets. Box 25 contains mostly unidentified photographs. It also contains one photograph of Maya Plisetskaya in a curtain call for Dying Swan, and an exhibit panel featuring Natalia Bessmertnova. Box 26 contains small mounted photographs from ballets including Paganini, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Nutcracker, Spartacus, Giselle, and Swan Lake. Box 27 includes identified and unidentified photos. Ballets named include Swan Lake, Giselle, Ivan the Terrible, and Sleeping Beauty, and the Legend of Love.

25 19 24 26 27 22 23 20 21

 Kirov Ballet 

Box Box Box

 Assorted Ballets Undated 

Scope and Content

Folder 11:22 contains undated black-and-white and color photographs of performances in ballets including Yaroslavna, Sheherazade, Cinderella, [Nutcracker?], Chopiniana / Les Sylphides, and Knight in the Tiger Skin. Dancers featured include Nileita Dolgyshin, Sergei Kozodaev, Zhanna Ayupova, Veronika Ivanova, Vyacheslav Samodoruv, Stanislav Belyaevsky, Ilsa Liepa, Victor Eremenko, Mikhail Lavrovsky, Tatiana Aryskina, Eldar Aliev, Natalia Makarova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alla Sizova, Sergei Vikulov, and Farukh Ruzimatov. Photographs are by Nina Alovert and by unnamed photographers. Folder 11:23 contains photographs dated 1927-1992; ballets featured include Le Corsaire, Fountains of Bakchisirai, Icemaiden, Bayaderka, Les Sylphides, Creation of the World, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Swan Lake, and Scheherezade. Dancers featured include Altynai Asylmuratova Zobeide, Farukh Ruzimatov, Alla Sizova, Irina Kolpakova, Galina Mezintseva, Yuri Solviev, Nadia Pavlova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Marina Semyonova, Vakhtang Chabukiani, and Galina Ulanova. The folder also includes a miniature booklet of photographs of Galina Ulanova in various performances.

38 11 154
Box Folder

 Photocopies of Unidentified Ballets Undated 

Scope and Contents note

Photocopies in poor condition.

11 23
Box Box Box Box Box Box

 Mounted and Oversize Photographs Undated; 1993-1995 

Scope and Content

Boxes 31-34 contain photographs mounted with the blue matting that Grell associated with the Kirov Ballet; some of the photographs are identified, and many are not. Box 31 contains unidentified performance photos. Box 32 contains photographs from performances of The Firebird at the Mariinsky Theatre in 1993, with photographs by Nina Alovert. The box also contains a sketch for a costume design for this ballet. Box 33 contains photographs from The Firebird and from Scheherezade from 1993-1995; this box also contains a sketch for a costume design. Box 34 contains photographs from performances of Scheherezade from 1995-1999, as well as a sketch for a costume design. Most of the photographs in Box 52 are from Scheherezade; some of from the Firebird.

32 31 38 52 33 34

 Other Companies 

Box Folder

 American Ballet Theatre 1990-1999; undated 

Scope and Content

Contains one photograph of Vladimir Malakhov in Giselle, 1995; photograph by Nina Alovert. Also contains two photographs of Alexander Godunov in Giselle, in performance of Giselle with the American Ballet Theatre in the 1990s. Also contains one color photograph of Godunov after a performance of La Bayadere at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.

28 38

 Young Ballet of Alma Ata 1979; undated 

Scope and Content

Contains one black-and-white photograph of B. Ayukhanov, merited artist of Kazakhstan, Young Ballet of Alma Ata, at a rehearsal; one black-and-white photograph of the foyer of a concert hall in Alma Ata; and one photograph of former Bolshoi Ballet dancers Leonid Koslov and Valentina Koslova in rehearsal for a 1979 performance in New York with the International Ballet of Caracas.

13 8

 Tbilisi Ballet 1984 

Scope and Content

Contains one photograph and one negative of Serenade, by Balanchine, taken by photographer Judy Rogg.

27 5

 Ulanova, Galina Undated 

28 25

 Romen Theatre (Moscow Gypsy Theatre "Romen")--Photographs and Booklet Undated 

Scope and Content

Contains color slides and a booklet about the Romen Theatre, also known as the Moscow Gypsy Theatre, Moscow Gipsy Theatre "Romen," Romen Theatre, and Romani Theatre. The booklet, entitled The Moscow Gipsy Theatre "Romen," contains text in Russian, English, French, and German; it was published by the Novosti Press Agency, USSR. The slides show scenes from various ballets, as well as images of Nikolai Slichenko and other figures from this company and of the Sovetskaya Hotel, where the company performed.

24 34
Box Folder Box Box

 Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre 1960; undated 

Scope and Content

Folder 13:7 contains black-and-white photographs of performances by Larisa Sakhyanova in Angara, Buryat Autonomous Republic; Bernara Karieva, People's Artist of Uzbekistan, in Timur Malik, Alisher Navoi Theatre, Uzbekistan; and The Flames of Paris, Novosivirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. Also contains a photograph of Alla Boguslavskaya and German Sitnikov, soloists of the Bolshoi Theatre, in Russian national costumes, taken in 1960. Box 30 contains unidentified black-and-white photographs of dancers in performance. Box 31 contains unidentified color photographs of dancers in performance.

13 7 30 31
Box Folder

 Moscow School of Choreography 1978 

Scope and Content

Contains one photograph from a performance of Coppelia staged at the Kremlin Palace, photograph by A. Makarov; and a photograph of Marina Leonova and Alexander Bogatyrev in a performance of Pas de Deux in Moscow, 1968. Also contains a photograph from Boris Akimov's graduation concert in 1965, in a performance held at the Bolshoi Theatre.

28 9

 Moscow Grigorovich Ballet 1994 

Scope and Content

Contains one photograph of Dwight Grell presenting flowers to an unnamed dancer onstage after a performance of "The Nutcracker." The photographer was Todd Lechtick.

Box Folder

 Leningrad Maly Opera Theatre 1962 

Scope and Content

Contains one black-and-white photograph from production of Firebird, with soloists L. Markovina and A. Sidorov.

28 64

 Chabukiani, Vakhtang 1965; undated 

Scope and Content

Contains black-and-white photographs featuring Vakhtang Chabukianai performing in Othello; also includes a studio portrait from Le Corsaire (information taken from post-it note affixed to back of photograph; the note was removed) and a photograph of Chabukiani answering stage calls taken by E. Pesov, Novosti Press Agency, 1965.

28 45

 Bolshoi Theatre Choreographic School Undated 

Scope and Content

Contains one black-and-white photograph by D. Sholomovich of a class held by this school in Moscow. Also contains a photograph by L.Zhdanov of Marina Leonova and Alexander Bogatyrev in "Pakhita," from a then-upcoming tour of the Bolshoi Theatre Choreographic School to London (1967).

27 10

 Ballet of the 20th Century / Bejart Ballet Circa 1975 

Scope and Content

Folder contains black-and-white photographs featuring Maya Plisetskaya in rehearsal for "Bolero," Ballet of the 20th Century, Paris, choreography by Maurice Bejart.

3 26

 [Ballet Nacional de Cuba] Undated 

Scope and Content

Contains one photograph of Alicia Alonso and Azari Plisetsky in a performance of Giselle.

Box Folder

 American Ballet Theatre Undated 

Scope and Content

Photographs include a portrait of Natalia Makarova, American Ballet Theatre, taken by Ken Duncan, and a photograph of an unidentified man by a statue.

3 63

 Unidentified Companies 

Scope and Content

Most of the photographs in this set do not have captions or any identifying information. Photographers named on some of the photos include Edward Griffiths, Jennie Walton, Francette Levieux, Mike Humphrey, Susanne Richelle, Jane Stephen, Vladimir Pcholkin, [A. Makarova], Janet O'Keeffe, and Judy Cameron.

Box Folder

 Identified Ballets Undated 

Scope and Content

Folder 11:25 contains undated photographs of performances of Chippolino, Don Quixote (featuring Gennade Malhasyants in a performance in Perm), Giselle (featuring Anna Pavlova), Ivan the Terrible, and Macbeth. Folder 11:26 contains undated photographs clipped from magazines; ballets include Bacchante and The Firebird.

11 25-26

 Unidentified Ballets Undated 

Scope and Content

Folders 11:27-11:33 contain undated photographs. Folder 11:34 contains photographs dating 1972-1987.

11 27-34

 Unidentified Ballets Undated 

Scope and Content

Box contains rolled-up photographs from various unidentified performances.

Box Box Box Box Box

 Mounted and Oversize Photographs Undated; 1974-1986 

Scope and Content

Some of the photographs in Box 54 are dated 1974-1986.

54 55 51 53 42
Box Folder

 Mixed Subject Matter--Slides 1965-1972; undated 

Scope and Content

Contains color slides of unidentified dancers in performance; three slides are labeled "Ivan Sussanin." The folder also contains slides labeled "Bolshoi Theatre" and "Hollywood Bowl" from 1965-1966, title slides from unspecified exhibitions, and proof sheets of dancers.

11 35

 Portraits and Candids 

Box Folder

 Bolshoi Theatre 1899; Undated 

Scope and Contents note

Contains one black-and-white photograph of Lyubov Roslavleva in 1899, from the Moscow Press Agency, 1965, plus two undated photographs of dancers.

12 1
Box Box

 Bolshoi Ballet 1900-circa 2003, Undated 

Scope and Contents note

Most of the photographs in this set, picturing Bolshoi Ballet dancers and affiliates, have at least two people pictured; solo shots have been included here in cases where the photo is the only one found in the collection of this particular person. Folder 12:2 contains undated photographs; Folder 12:3 contains photos dated 1900-1949; Folder 12:4 photos dated 1950-1959; 12:5 dated 1960-1969; and 12:6-12:7 dated 1970-1979. Folder 12:7 contains a photo of Grell's filming partner, William Merriman. Folder 12:8 contains photos dated 1980-1989. Folder 12:9 contains photos from the 1989 United Kingdom and Ireland tour. Folder 12:10 contains photos dated 1990-1999, and Folder 12:11 contains photos labeled "program photos," dated 1999. Folder 12:12 contains a photo of Ilse Liepa in a 2000 film. Folder 12:13 contains photos dated circa 2000-2003.

12 154
Box Folder

 Bolshoi Ballet--Assorted Ballets 1899-1989 

Scope and Contents note

Folders 12:14-12:15 contain photos, often described as "posed photographs," that were taken in association with various ballets. These include: Don Quixote, Giselle, The Little Humpbacked Horse, Icarus, The Golden Age, Raymonda, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, La Spectre de la Rose, The Stone Flower, and Swan Lake.

12 14-15

 Bolshoi Ballet--Negatives Undated 

Scope and Content

Contains one negative, of Maya Plisetskaya and Dwight Grell in Pasadena.

16 1

 Anianshvili, Nina 1987-circa 1989 

12 16

 Bessmertnova, Natalia Undated; 1966-1975 

12 17

 Chabukiani, Vakhtang Undated; 1926-1935 

12 18

 Colefax, Sonya Undated 

Scope and Contents note

Folder includes two copies of a print and its corresponding negative.

12 19

 Dimitrieva, Larissa 1966 

12 20

 Fokine, Mikhail 1906 

12 21

 Godunov, Alexander Undated; 1974-1988 

12 22-23

 Grigorovich, Yuri Undated; 1986 

12 24

 Lagunov, Valery Undated; 1955-1972 

12 25

 Lavrovsky, Leonid 1956-1967 

12 26

 Lavrovsky, Mikhail Undated; 1955-1969 

12 27

 Levashev, Vladimir 1966-1969 

12 28

 Liepa, Maris Undated; circa 1960-1981 

12 29
Box Box

 Makarova, Natalia Undated 

12 154
Box Folder

 Malakhov, Vladimir Undated 

12 31

 Maximova, Ekaterina Undated; 1957-1977 

12 32

 Messerer, Asaf Undated 

12 33

 Mukhamedov, Irek Undated; 1987 

12 34

 Nureyev, Rudolf Undated 

12 35

 Pavlova, Anna 1901 

12 36

 Pavlova, Nadezhda Undated; 1973 

12 37

 Plisetskaya, Maya Undated; 1955-2006 

Scope and Content

Folders 12:38-12:39 contain undated photographs. Folder 12:40 contains photos from circa 1955-1958; Folders 12:41-12:43 from 1960-1969; and Folder 12:44 from 1970-1979. Folder 12:45 contains an article featuring photos of Plisetskaya entitled "Maya: Action Portraits of Maya Plisetskaya, a Russian with a Difference" (Horizon magazine, February 1978). Folder 12:46 contains photos from 1985-2001; those from 2001 are promotional postcards for the release of Plisetskaya's book, I, Maya Plisetskaya. Folder 12:47 contains photos from Plisetskaya's 75th birthday jubilee (2000), and Folder 12:48 photos and programs from her 80th birthday tribute (2006). Folder 12:47 contains photographs of Plisetskaya solo and with Vladimir Putin together onstage, at the Bolshoi Theatre. The folder also contains a photograph of Putin speaking onstage for the occasion.

12 38-48

 Semenyaka, Ludmila Undated; 1975-1986 

12 49

 Sorokina, Nina Undated; 1960-1975 

12 50

 Struchkova, Raisa Circa 1940-1988 

12 51

 Timofeyeva, Nina 1967-1968 

12 52

 Ulanova, Galina Undated; 1946-1986 

12 53

 Vasiliev, Vladimir Undated; 1958-1999 

Scope and Contents note

Folder 12:54 contains undated photos and photos from 1958-1968. Folder 12:55 contains photos from 1970-1999.

12 54-55

 Zhdanov, Yuri 1950-1986 

12 56

 Kirov Ballet Undated; 1899-circa 1990 

Scope and Contents note

Folder 12:57 contains undated photos; Folder 12:58 photos from 1899-1959; Folder 12:59 from 1960-circa 1980; and Folder 12:60 from circa 1990. Folder 12:59 also contains negatives.


 Grell, Dwight--Solo Undated 

13 1-3

 Grell, Dwight--With Dancers and Others Undated; 1966-1999 

Scope and Contents note

Folders 13:4-13:8 contain undated photographs; Folder 13:9 contains photos dated 1966-1969; Folder 13:10 contains photos dated 1972-1979; Folder 13:11 photos dated 1972-1977 (and undated); Folder 13:12 dated 1985-1989; and Folder 13:13 circa 1980-1989. Folder 13:14 contains photos dated circa 1995; and Folder 13:15 photos dated 1995-1999. Most of the photos provide no captions or other identifying information. The photos in Folder 13:7 were originally found in a folder labeled Covent Garden. The photos in Folder 13:8 are of Grell with Maya Plisetskaya. The photos in Folder 13:11 were found together; many of these have extensive commentary on the back, and one mentions Grell's first exhibit, at the Regent Theatre in Westwood.

13 4-15

 Dwight Grell--With Dancers and Others--Slides [1971]-[1995] 

16 2-3

 Multiple Solo Photographs Undated; 1926-1972 

Scope and Contents note

These photos were contained in an envelope with correspondence (included in this folder). Images include portraits of Marina Semyonova, Vakhtang Chabukiani (graduation photo), and other unnamed dancers.

13 16

 Other or Unidentified Companies Undated; 1964-1965 

13 17

 Unidentified Solo Undated; 1970-2001 

Scope and Contents note

Folder 13:18 contains undated photos; Folder 13:19 photos dated 1970-2001.

13 18-19

 Unidentified Group Undated; 1970-[1999] 

Scope and Contents note

Folders 13:20-13:21 contain undated photos. Folder 13:22 contains photos dated 1970-[1999].

13 20-22

 Solo/Group With Captions or Signatures Undated; 1964-1981 

13 22

 Russian and Soviet Undated; 1917-1941 

13 41-42
Box Box Box Box

 Mounted and Oversize Photographs 

Scope and Content

Box 28 contains photographs of Maya Plisetskaya. Box 30 contains a mix of indentified and unidentified photos. Identified dancers include Marina Semyonova, Yuri Grigorovich, Galina Ulanova, Margo Fonteyn, Vladimir Vasiliev, Maris Liepa, Ekaterina Maximova, Leonid and Mikhail Lavrovsky, and Raisa Struchkova. The box also contains photos associated with The Fountain of Bakhchisirai. Box 39 contains photographs of Kirov and Bolshoi Ballet company dancers including Maya Plisetskaya, Galina Ulanova, Natalia Bessmertnova, Vladimir Vasiliev, Yuri Grigorovich, and many others. Box 40 contains some portraits taken in rehearsal and instruction settings, as well as many other photos, some identified and some not. Identified dancers include Alexander Godunov, Vladimir Vasiliev, Yuri Grigorovich, Irek Mukhamedov, and Maya Plisetskaya; the box also contains a photo of Sonya Colefax.

28 39 40 30

 Rehearsal and Instruction 

Box Box

 Bolshoi Ballet Undated; 1955-circa 2000 

Scope and Contents note

Folders 13:23-13:24 contain undated photos. Folder 13:25 contains photos dated 1995-1959; Folder 13:26 photos dated circa 1960-1967; Folder 13:27 photos dated 1972-1979; Folder 13:28 dated 1972 (from an envelope labeled Paris '72 Francette); Folder 13:29 dated 1975; Folder 13:30 dated 1985-1989; and Folder 13:31 dated circa 1990-circa 2000.

13 154
Box Folder

 Bolshoi Ballet--Identified Ballets Undated; circa 1954-1986 

Scope and Contents note

Folder 13:32 contains photos dated circa 1960-1986; rehearsals are for Icarus, The Golden Age, Giselle, Anna Karenina, and Ballet School. Folder 13:33 contains photos of rehearsals of various versions of Don Quixote; some photos are undated, while others are dated circa 1967-1970. Folder 13:34 (undated, 1959-1986) contains photos from rehearsals of Sleeping Beauty, Raymonda, The Nutcracker, Macbeth, Ivan the Terrible, Paganini, Pro and Contra, and Melody (Dvorak). Folder 13:35 (undated, 1954-1986) contains photos from rehearsals of Spartacus, Swan Lake, Les Sylphides/Chopiniana, The Stone Flower, and Waltz (Strauss). Folder 13:36 contains negatives from rehearsal for Swan Lake (undated).

13 32-36

 Maya Plisetskaya Conducting Master Classes in New York 1987 

13 37

 Maya Plisetskaya Conducting a Master Class, California Circa 1990 

13 38

 Kirov Ballet Undated; 1969 

Scope and Contents note

Dancers featured include Yuri Soloviev, Tatiana Vecheslova, Galia Miezentseva, Igor Zelinsky, and Kaleria Fedicheva.

13 39

 Other or Unidentified Companies Undated; 1972-1986 

Scope and Contents note

One photo, dated 1972, identified then-Perm Choreographic School pupils Nadezhda Pavlova and Yuri Petukhov in rehearsal. The rest of the photos in the folder do not identify dancers or companies.

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Box Box

 Mounted and Oversize Photographs Undated; 1960-1999 

Scope and Content

Box contains identified and unidentified images of rehearsal and instruction. Most are undated.

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 Other Subjects 

Box Box

 Assorted Figures Undated 

Scope and Contents note

Contains a photo of Marcel Marceau and a booklet of photos featuring composer A. G. Rubinstein (1829-1894).

14 155

 Autographed Photographs 

Box Folder

 Costumes and Artifacts Undated 

Scope and Contents note

Contains photographs of flowers, costumes, and artwork.

14 24

 Godunov, Alexander Undated; 1979-1995 

Scope and Contents note

Contains photographs, clippings, and other materials concerning Godunov's life and death. The folder also contains signed photographs of Jacqueline Bissett.

14 25

 House on the Road (Television Film) Undated 

14 26

 Moscow USSR Exhibition of Economic Achievement--Slides Undated 

Scope and Content

Contains images of key sites and examples. Text on slide matting is in English and in Russian.

16 11

 Anna Pavlova Memorial Museum 1974-1975 

Scope and Content

Folder also contains a magazine clipping about the museum, a Pavlova Society newsletter, and text written by the museum's curators.

14 27

 Russian and Soviet Dancers Undated; 1899-1963 

Scope and Content

Folder 14:28 contains portraits and images from performances; some are undated, and others are dated 1915-1919. Folders 14:28-14:29 contain postcards with images of pre-and -post-Revolution dancers; photographs are dated 1899-1963 or are undated. Some of the postcards have handwriting on the front or back, but most do not. Captions and handwriting are in Russian.

14 28-30

 Russian and Soviet Dancers--Slides Undated 

Scope and Content

Folder contains professionally produced slides.

16 12

 Stars of the Russian Ballet (Film) Undated; 1955 

14 31

 Swan Lake (Film)--Film Titles Undated 

Scope and Content

Folder contains two glass slides of publicity for Maya Plisetskaya in Swan Lake, plus a wooden block naming their contents.

16 13
Box Box

 Travels and Tourism Undated; 1976-1995 

Scope and Contents note

Folder 14:32 contains undated photos. Folder 14:33 contains photographs dated 1976. Folder 14:34 contains photographs dated 1995, from travel in Japan.

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Box Folder

 Travels and Tourism--Slides and Negatives Undated; 1972-1983 

16 14-15

 Venues Undated 

14 35

 Venues--Negatives and Slides Undated; 1983 

Scope and Content

Folder 16:16 contains undated slides with images of the Bolshoi Theatre. Folder 16:17 contains negatives with images of the Mariinsky Theatre; it also contains a portrait of Pavlova and a photo of unindentified dancers.

16 16-17

 Venues--Mounted and Oversize Photographs Undated; 1959 

Scope and Content

Box contains mounted drawings of venues; images include the Bolshoi Theatre, the Old Petrovsky Theatre, the Imperial Bolshoi Theatre fire; Inauguration Theatre Square; and others. The box also contains an oversize exhibit panel with a newspaper article about Romeo and Juliet from the Los Angeles Times, dated 1959.


 Photograph Albums 

Scope and Content

Box contains four photo albums with mixed subject matter, including photos of dancers, of exhibitions and exhibition panels, of artwork, and other topics.


 Exhibitions--Photographs Of 

Box Folder

 Bolshoi Ballet '67 [1967] 

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Box Box

 Debbie Allen Dance Academy Undated 

Scope and Content

Folder 14:44 features photographs labeled "the collection on display at the Debby Allen Dance Center." The photographs show the red matting and gold frames that Grell used for exhibiting photographs of the Bolshoi Ballet. Folder 14:45 shows the section of the exhibition devoted to the Kirov Ballet, specifically their productions of Scheherezade and The Firebird; note the blue matting and black frames that Grell used to exhibit photographs concerning the Kirov Ballet. This folder also contains images for an homage to Galina Ulanova, as well as a note from photographer Nina Alovert.

14 154
Box Folder

 Home of Sonya Colefax Undated; 1980s 

14 52

 Theatre Vanguard Undated; 1975 

14 53-54

 Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 2000 

14 55

 La Muse Eternelle 1995 

Scope and Content

Folder contains color photographs concerning the La Muse Eternelle exhibition, held in Tokyo, Japan, in 1995. Several photographs show Dwight Grell and others in the process of installing the exhibition.

14 56

 Slides Undated; 1966-1987 

Scope and Content

Folders contain images of the Bolshoi Ballet, exhibition titles, and various performances and dancers.

16 5-8

 Negatives Undated; 1985 

Scope and Content

Folder includes images of exhibitions, some of which were originally found in an envelope labeled Long Beach Ballet.

16 9

 Other Companies 

Box Box

 Postcards 1989 

154 14

 Assorted Companies Undated; 1968-1995 

Scope and Contents note

Contains photographs of Nureyev (Australian Ballet); Alexander Godunov (with the American Ballet Theatre); Antonio and the Ballets de Madrid; and Maya Plisetskaya as guest performer with the Ballet de Marseilles (in La Rose Malade).

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Box Folder

 Ballet of the 20th Century / Bejart Ballet Undated; 1974-1981 

Scope and Contents note

Folders 14:3-14:8 contain photographs of Maya Plisetskaya as guest artist for Bolero (14:3) and of Vladimir Vasiliev in Petrushka (14:4-14:8). Folder 14:8 also contains two photos of Plisetskaya as guest artist in Leda.

14 3-8

 Ballets Russes 1912-1916 

14 9

 Donetsk Ballet Undated; 1989 

14 10

 Leningrad Maly Opera Theatre 1962 

14 11

 Long Beach Ballet Company Circa 1989 

14 12

 Moiseyev Dancers Undated 

14 13

 Moscow Classical Ballet 1980 

14 14

 Moscow Grigorovich Ballet 1994 

14 15

 Moscow School of Choreography 1968-1978 

14 16

 Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre Undated 

14 17

 Perm Theatre of Opera and Ballet 1974 

14 18

 Petrograd Opera and Ballet Theatre 1922 

14 19

 Romen Theatre / Moscow Gypsy Theatre "Romen" Undated 

14 20

 Royal Ballet Company 1979 

14 21

 State Ballet of Georgia / Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre Undated; circa 1950-[1983] 

14 22
Box Folder

 Multiple Ballets--Slides Undated; 1959-1974 

Scope and Content

Folders contain slides of performances in Los Angeles (Hollywood Bowl; Shrine Theatre), London, New York, Montreal, Moscow, France, and other locations. Slides also include rehearsals and images of titles for exhibitions.

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 Mixed Subject Matter--Mounted and Oversize Photographs 

Scope and Content

Photographs in this set were mounted for display in various exhibits. They feature Kirov, Bolshoi, and other companies, and show a range of dancers and subject matter. Some photographs appear as parts of collages, while others are shots of individuals or groups. Many of the photographs or mounts are signed by the dancers. Box 35 contains photographs from performances by both the Kirov and Bolshoi Ballet companies. Ballets pictured include Les Sylphides, Walpurgisnacht, the Nutcracker, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, La Rose Malade, Swan Lake, and Scheherezade. Boxes 36-37 contain unidentified performance photographs. Box 38 contains photographs (both performance, rehearsal and instruction, and portraits/candids), clippings, articles, proof sheets, and notes concerning the Kirov Ballet. It also contains costume and scene designs for the Kirov Ballet. The box also contains photos of performance from the Ballet Nacional de Cuba and from unidentified companies, photos picturing rehearsal and instruction, and photos from the International Ballet Competition from 1985. Boxes 43-49 contain photos mounted using various materials; some have cloth frames, while most have red velvet or matting. Many of the photos are signed. Box 43 contains photos concerning International Ballet Competitions as well as images of the Bolshoi Theatre. Box 44 was found in a container originally labeled, "Panels for Fadeyechev / Semenyaks, Golden Age (Bessmertnova/Mukhamedov); Panels for Ananiashvili Semizorova "Ivan" (Mukhamedov); Panels for Mikhalchenko Bylova / Lazarev / Bessmertnova." In additions to mounted photographs from exhibitions, Box 48 contains mounted letters written by Vasiliev and by Plisetskaya. Box 56 contains a framed newspaper clipping, from the London Times, featuring Plisetskaya and Nicolai Fadeyechev in a production of Swan Lake at Covent Garden (1963). Box 58 contains signed mountings that were found without their accompanying photographs attached. Boxes 59-60 contain reproductions of newspaper articles, panels with information concerning dancers, panels regarding the Archive, and other textual panels. Box 72, which contains mostly posters, also contains four oversize mounted, signed panels with photographs. Box 114 contains some mounted and other unmounted photographs. It also contains a photograph with a handwritten caption by Grell: "This photo served as an inspiration for the creation of my Russian Ballet Collection! -- D. L. G."

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Series 4:  Programs 

Scope and Content

This series consists of programs from ballet performances by various companies all over the world, in countries and regions including the United States, Canada, the Soviet Union/Russia, Japan, Eastern Europe, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Cuba, Mexico, Bermuda, Argentina, and others. Materials are mostly in either English or Russian; some materials are in Japanese or Spanish.

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 Programs-- Non-English 

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Series 5:  Publicity 

Scope and Content

This series consists of fliers, brochures, press releases, and other publicity for ballets, film screenings, and other ballet-related events.

Box Folder

 Arabesque 1986-1988 

Scope and Contents note

Originally found in box labeled "IBC [International Ballet Competition] '89 / London '89."

2 24

 Art Exhibition--Valery Kosorukov Undated 

2 25

 Ballet Nacional de Cuba 1959-1999 

2 26

 Bolshoi Theatre 1999 

2 35

 Exhibitions 1976-1987 

2 36
Box Folder

 Bolshoi Ballet 1968-2000; Undated 

Scope and Contents note

Folders 28-37 contain fliers, press releases, brochures, and other materials in English, Japanese, and Russian. The materials in Folder 2:28 are undated; those in Folder 2:29 are from 1968-1969; those in Folder 2:30 are from 1974-1976; those in Folder 2:31-2:32 are from 1986; those in Folder 2:33 are from 1987-1989; those in Folder 2:34 are from 1990-1995; and those in Folder 2:35 are from 2000.

2 27-34

 Film Screenings 1961-1986; Undated 

Scope and Contents note

Most of the publicity contained in these folders refers to screenings of films from teh Grell/Colefax collections. Folder 2:38 contains undated materials. Folder 2:39 contains one flier, for a screening of Cinderella, dated 1961. Folder 2:40 contains publicity materials for screenings from [1972]-1977. Folder 2:41 contains publicity for screenings in 1980 and 1986.

2 37-40

 Films 1989 

Scope and Contents note

Contains fliers for various films, including Plisetskaya Dances, Maya Plisetskaya, and films released by Kultur video.

2 41

 International Ballet Competition, Moscow 1989 

2 42
Box Box

 Kirov Ballet 1989-2002; Undated 

2 38
Box Folder

 Liepa, Andria 2000; Undated 

2 44

 Moscow Classical Ballet 1986-1988; Undated 

Scope and Contents note

Contains fliers, programs, and clippings concerning this company and it tours.

2 45

 Other Companies 1986-2002; Undated 

3 1

 Return of the Firebird (Film) 1997 

3 2

 Venues 1983 

Scope and Contents note

Contains two copies of a promotional card re: the 200th anniversary of the Kirov Ballet / Mariinsky Theatre.

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 Posters and Photographs (oversize) Undated; circa 1960-1989 

Scope and Content

Boxes contain a range of materials, including Soviet-era posters for ballets and other arts events; posters for Hollywood movies and other films, such as Anna Karenina; posters advertising appearances by the Bolshoi, Kirov, and other companies; posters for International Ballet Competitions; and more. Box 71 also contains oversize signed exhibiton photographs and signs from an exhibition at Grand Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

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Series 6:  Moving Images 

Scope and Content

This series comprises independent and compilation films, including films made by Grell; commercial and non-commercial videotapes; and DVDs. The films are mostly in 16-mm and 8-mm format and feature short films, sequences from ballets including Romeo and Juliet, classroom sequences, clips of dances and of dancers in performance, and interview sequences. Films also include reels labeled “The Ballet of the Bolshoi Archive (Parts I-III), as well as numerous canisters containing film with very few frames. The DVDs include several from the Criterion Collection (company); film focusing on the Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet, and other companies; Ballet Russes; Bolshoi Ballet '67; profiles of dancers; and documentaries. The noncommercial videotapes include material concerning performances and rehearsals of the Bolshoi and of the Kirov ballets. Videos also contain material on dance classes and documentary material concerning dancers. Many of the videotapes contain handwritten notes, some of which include contents of the videos. Most of the videos are in the VHS, T-120 format; others are in formats including Sony L-500. Locations listed include Moscow, Leningrad, Japan, Los Angeles and other U.S. locations, Paris, Mexico, and Buenos Aires.

 Videotapes and DVDs 


 Commercial DVDs 

Scope and Content

Included DVDs from the Criterion Collection; film focusing on the Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet, and other companies; Ballet Russes; Bolshoi Ballet '67; profiles of dancers; and documentaries. Films are mostly in English; a few are in Russian.

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 Noncommercial videos 1960-2000  (Bulk, 1970-1989)

Scope and Content

The noncommercial videos include material concerning performances and rehearsals of the Bolshoi and of the Kirov ballets; videos also contain material on dance classes, and documentary material concerning dancers. Many of the video tapes in these boxes contain handwritten notes, some of which include contents of the videos. Most of the videos are in the VHS, T-120 format; others are in formats including Sony L-500. Locations listed include Moscow, Leningrad, Japan, Los Angeles and other U.S. locations, Paris, Mexico, and Buenos Aires.

Box 101: Text on lid: "Bolshoi, Maryinsky beta tapes." Box contains 43 tapes. Contents include various performances from both the Bolshoi and Kirov ballets. Several tapes concern Academy Award presentations in the 1980s. Topics also include dance classes and rehearsals; documentary materials concerning the Bolshoi Ballet's 1959 U.S. tour; and documentary materials concerning dancers including Ulanova.

Box 99: Contains 40 video tapes. Contents include materials concerning both the Bolshoi and the Kirov ballets. Material includes a performance of Romeo and Juliet recorded from Japanese television in 1983. Several of the tapes focus on Maya Plisetskaya.

Box 95: Box contains 35 video tapes. Contents include tapes labelled "Fokine ballets -- Film"; tapes with handwritten titles in Russian; tapes from various performances; and tapes whose contents are unidentified. Locations listed include Moscow, Los Angeles, Trenton, Buenos Aires, and Mexico. Contents also include one tape entitled, "25th Olympiad Barcelona, Spain, 1992."

Box 100: Contains 29 video tapes. Performances of various ballets; tapes of classes and rehearsals; 1989 Moscow ballet competition; a gala featuring Maximova; tapes with documentary material on Maris Liepa; a film entitled, "The Glory of the Kirov," and one entitled, "The Glory of the Bolshoi."

Box 94: Box contains 33 video tapes. Contents include materials concerning both the Bolshoi and the Kirov ballets; locations listed include Moscow, Japan, and the United States.Videos feature choreographers including Asaf Messerer and Yuri Grigorovich; a UNESCO gala; clippings of dancers and performances from television shows in the United States and Japan; various performances and rehearsals in Japan and other locations; a master class featuring Maya Plisetskaya; an exhibition tape from the 1985 International Ballet Competition; and material from another ballet competition.

Box 96: Note left inside stated, "Gifts to Archive from Alex Stetson!" Box contains 38 video tapes. Contents include materials concerning both the Bolshoi and the Kirov ballets. Videos feature Galina Ulanova; various ballets; and ballet competitions. Some of the video tapes contain unidentified documentaries or other material. Locations listed include Moscow, Los Angeles, Trenton, and Ottawa; most locations are not identified on the videotape cases.

Box 97: Contains 38 tapes in Sony L-500 and L-750 formats. Some are identified and some are not. Box cover says "Bolshoi Maryiinsky Beta Tapes." Contents include tapes of materials featuring the Bolshoi and Kirov ballets; a tape entitled, "Alexander Godunov"; a tape entitled, "1987 Exhibition at Music Ctr."; and more.

Box 90: Contains 41 tapes. Contents include rehearsals; performances; galas; and ballet competitions (International Ballet Competitions in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1980s; Moscow ballet competition). Box also contains boxes labelled, "Dance Collection NYPL"; a tape labelled "Carmen w/ Maya Plisetskaya / Alexander Godunov Tribute Russian TV "; "Bolshoi Documentary from Andris incl. Paris 1972"; and several tapes labelled with individual people's names (including Plisetskaya; Sokolov - Umrehin - Semonov; Cvetkov - Garbouz - Desnitsky; and more). Several of the tapes bear no identifying information.

Box 98: Contains 32 tapes. Contents include a documentary about Dwight Grell entitled "The Button Maker Who Saved the Bolshoi" and related materials; a tape entitled, "Dwight Grell Documentary 1998 by Karen Ziegler"; Parts I and II of "Ballet of the Bolshoi Theater: A Documentary Film by Dwight Grell -- 1975"; assorted clips of performances and material on galas; and unidentified tapes.

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Scope and Content

Box contains four video tapes, one of which is unidentified. Titles on containers are: "Spartacus, Pt. I, Oct. 21, 1980"; "Spartacus, Pt. II, Oct. 21, 1980--Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow"; "Master Tape: Nadeyzhda Pavlova; Vyochislav Gordeyev: Giselle, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, 1976." It is not clear from an inspection of the containers whether these videos are commercial or non-commercial.



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 Assorted Films and Supplementary Materials Undated; circa 1970-1985 

Scope and Content

Box 107: The materials in Box 107 were originally housed in one container; contents have been placed in three boxes (107:A - 107:C). Within these boxes, reels have been numbered A-E. Boxes 107:A and 107:B contain a total of seven reels of Super 8 film; text on containers lists contents as "Shopping downtown"; "Interview Press"; "[Test] Exhibit & Shopping"; "Natasha in Street Clothes"; "Press luncheon"; and "TV Interview Natasha." Some of the writing on the containers is illegible. The contents of Box 107:C, a 7" 8 mm reel, are unidentified. Reels 107:A and 107:B were originally found in the same canister; these are 12.5"-reels of 16 mm film. Note accompanying Reel 107:A has text, "Nadia-Giselle-Wings. Front. Beauty - K & V. Cinderella - K & V. Ivan - Wings. Spartacus - Wings." This note is now in Folder 107:1, Sleeve 1. Note accompanying Reel 107:B has text, "[Cpartak?] - Nadia & Yuri. Stone Flower." This note is now in Folder 107:1, Sleeve 2. Inferring from the note accompanying Reel 93:B, "K & V" refer to "Katya and Volodia"; the latter note is in Folder 107:1, Sleeve 2. The text on the original canister for Reel 107:C (16-mm film) identified its contents as "Ballet Miniatures Reel I 1960." Reel 107:D (16-mm film)'s original canister contained a portion of a mailing envelope with the text, "Lutinent Rije, Vasiliev & Struchkova, Tania Papko"; this document is included in Folder 107:1. The original container for Reel 107:E (16 mm) included a label identifying its contents as "Romeo and Juliet II"; it also contained a slip of paper with handwritten text in Russian, presumably identifying the film. Both supplementary materials are included in Folder 107:1, Sleeve 3. Reels 107:F and 107:G were originally found together in one canister; the contents of these 12.5", 8mm reels are unidentified.

Box 108: In Box 108, Reel A is a 16 mm film entitled, "Bolshoi Ballet - 'America Applauds Soviet Ballet"; duration circa 35 minutes. See also Folder 1, which contains a mailing envelope contained in the original film canister and photocopies from the original film canister's label. Reels B and C were are 16-mm films that were originally contained in one canister. One reel is 15" in diameter and is labeled, "Reel I: Ballet Miniatures." The second reel has no identification. See also Folder 2 for a note included in the original canister from Larisa Alekseycluik to Dwight Grell, dated 1987; the note mentions that choreographer Leonid Jakobson's spouse [Trina?] had requested that she send the films to Grell. The original canister identified the contents of this 14", 16-mm film as "Romeo and Juliet I"; the card with this information has been included in Sleeve 1, Folder 3. The reel also includes a short strip of 16-mm film with "Kirov Ballet Noir" written at its head. Reels E, F, and G are 16-mm films that were included in the same container as Reel D; however, it is not known whether these reels are continuations of Reel D. Reel E was accompanied, in its original container, with a sheet with text reading "Reels 13-14-15-16"; Reel F was accompanied by a sheet identifying its contents as "reels 17-18-19-20"; and Reel G with one identifying its contents as "Reels 21-22-23-24." These sheets are now included in Folder 3.

Box 109: Reels A-G are 16-mm films. Reels A and B were originally contained in one canister. Contents listed on an index card accompanying the canister are: "Silver Reel. 1. Swan Lake color clips from the old film -- Maya and Kolya. 2. Bolshoi Theatre Swan Lake performance preparations -- no dancing. Glimpses of Cherkasskaya, Levashev, Tomofeyeva, Ulanova, Bessmertnova & Zureatias." The index card is now housed in Sleeve 1, Folder 1, which also contains a photocopy of the original canister. Reel C was originally contained in a box with writing on the cover: "Excerpts from Swan Lake, Bolshoi Ballet, Bolshoi Theatre Moscow. With Prima Ballerina Assoluta Maya Plisetskaya." Reel D has the following text written on its header: "William Merriman 'Ballet'." Reels 94:E-94:G contain reels labelled "1-2-3-4"; '5-6-7-8"; and "9-10-11-12" respectively; the latter reel was accompanied by an invoice identified as, "When the Spirit Soars in Flight." These identifications are included in with the supplementary materials in Folder 1. These reels may or may not belong with reels numbered "13-14-15-16" (Reel E), "17-18-19-20" (Reel F) and "21-22-23-24" (Reel G) in Box 108. Boxes 1 and 2 contain unidentified 16-mm films; Box 1 contains one 4.5" film and Box 2 contains one 6.5" film. Boxes 3 and 4 contain a total of six 3" 8-mm films. One is identified as "Intermission T.E."; one as "Spartacus T.E."; one as "Fin T.E."; one as "Sleeping Beauty T.E."; and one as "Bolshoi Int. Romeo."

In Box 111: Boxes A-C and F-H each contain four 3-inch reels of 8 mm film. Most of these reels provide no identifying information, some have only letters of the alphabet on their cases, and many contain strips consisting of very few frames. Contents named on reel cases include Cinderella (A); "Nut -- good" [Nutcracker?] (B); "Bolshoi Interior," "Bolshoi Exterior," and "New Titles" (F); "Credit -- good" (G); and "Prologue Extra" (H). Box D contains two 3-inch 8 mm film reels, one of which contains the text "Nut -- bad" on the cover. This box also contains one four-inch reel of 16 mm film labelled as "H.V.F.L w/o #2056-010 16 mm mag copy / heads." Box E contains one 3" reel of 16 mm film entitled, "Bolshoi Class Footage -- Vlasova -- 1 1/2 min. -- Color -- No Sound." Box I contains three 3-inch 8 mm film reels. Text on cases includes "Cinderella TV"; "Don Q -- Bessmertnova & Gordeyev"; and "Beauty Curtain Call Nina." Box J contains two 3-inch 8 mm film reels, one with the text "Collection Here" on its case; this box also contains several loose strips of 8 mm film. Reel K consists of very few frames of 16-mm film. According to an index card found in the film's original container, the reel contains black-and-white clips, with contents described as, "1. Maya -- Humpbacked Horse; 2. Spartacus Old Version Ryzhenko - Vasiliev - Plisetskaya; 3. Laurencia - V. Chabnukiani; 4. Spartacus - Grigorovich - Vasiliev - Lavrovsky; 5. Finale - Competition Film." This index card is contained in Folder 2. The contents of Boxes A-E and for F-J were originally housed in separate film canisters, each with address labels containing brief instructions for film production tasks; photocopies of these labels are contained in Folders 1 (Boxes A-E) and 2 (F-K). Folder 1 also contains the original box identifying the contents of Box E.

Films 115A, 115B, and 115C were originally contained together in one suitcase. Films 115A and 115B were contained together in another suitcase. All are 16-mm films. The original canister for Film 115A, a 16-mm film approximately 9" in diameter, contained an index card listing the reel's contents as follows: "1. Competition Film -- with Break. Balance -- Original Prints. 1. Makarova -- Sylphides. 2. Maya -- Carmen. 3. Volodia - Spartacus. 4. Bessmertnova - Giselle." This card is now located in Folder 91:1, Sleeve 1.

Written on the Reel 115B's header is the text, "Ballet" "Head B-Wind S. O. F. B & W Pos. Print." Film has a number, covered by tape. 16-mm film, 370 ft., approximately 10 minutes long. The film's original canister also contained an index card with the text, Yeleana Yanson-Manizer. Sculptress. The Ballet of the Bolshoi Theatre. From the collection of Dwight L. Grell"; this card is now filed in Folder 115:1, Sleeve 2. An index card accompanying Reel 115C contains the following text: "Maya -- Continued. Raymonda & Prokofiev Ballets." This card is contained in Folder 115:1, Sleeve 3.

Box 116 contains 8-mm films that were originally housed together. The reels' containers identified the films as Elmo 360 m., 1200 ft. Folder 90:1 contains photocopies of the boxes that originally contained Film Reels A-F and H. The contents of the reels are as follows: Reel A -- "I. Sleeping Beauty -- Katya & Volodia II. Cinderella -- K & V III. Spartacus -- Katya & Volodia." Reel B -- "The Ballet of the Bolshoi Theatre, Part Three -- Bolshoi Ballet Pas de Deux Sequences & Copy of Messerer Class #2." Reel C -- "The Ballet of the Bolshoi Theatre, Part Two -- copy"; note: "Copy 'Giselle' rehearsal -- Nadya & [Slova]" Reel D "The Ballet of the Bolshoi Theatre, Part One -- copy" Reel E -- "Don Quixote" 1. Nadya 2. Katya & Volodia. Reel F -- "The Ballet of the Bolshoi Theatre, Part Four -- Giselle -- Luda and Volodia." Reel G -- no identification. Reel H -- "Ivan" Paris '77 Opera House -- Luda & Volodia"

Films 117A and 117B are approximately 15" in circumference, for a running time of 50 minutes. The films are unidentified; the original canisters had cards taped on the front with text, "Ballet of the Bolshoi Theatre." These reels are now housed together in one canister.

Box 121 contains twelve films that were originally contained together in a large plastic tub. Boxes A-B, D-G, and I-K contain 16-mm films on 7" reels; some of these films were accompanied by identifying information, which is reproduced in this Note. The original container for film A contained an index card identifying its contents as " 'Spirit Soars in Flight ' 1. Classroom sequences. 2. Maximova - 'Nutcracker.' 3. Maximova - 'Giselle' 4. Riabinkina - 'Queen Swan'." This card is now contained in Folder 1, Sleeve 1. Film 66B was originally accompanied by a note from Temple University identifying it as "... the 'original print' of 'Swan Lake." The original canister for this film identifies the contents as "Fragments Act II 'Swan Queen Variation,' Marina Semyonova"; "U.S.S.R. 'Swan Lake' original print." The note and a photocopy of Film B's original canister are contained in Folder 1. The original container for Film D contained an index card identifying its contents as "1. Interview - PBS Dwight - New Orleans re: Natasha & Misha 2. Scene de ballet - 'Angara' Bessmertnova - Vasiliev 3. Scene de ballet - with '[Siberova]'." The film reel itself is marked, "#3." The index card, along with photocopies of the front and back of the original film canister, are included in Folder 1. Film E is marked "#4"; a photocopy of the front of its original canister is contained in Folder 1. Film F is identified by writing on the film itself as "Russian Winter (colour)"; an index card accompanying the film's original canister identifies the film as "Russian Winter - clip of Maximova 'Don Q'." This index card is included in Folder 1, Sleeve 1. Film G is identified on the head of the reel as "Ballerina Bibisara Beishenalieva. A Phoenix Film"; a note found in the film's original container further identifies Beishanalieva as "Prima Ballerina, Kerghiz [sic] Opera & Ballet Theatre, [Frunzl?], People's Artist of the U.S.S.R."; this note is included in Folder 1. Film I was accompanied by a mailing label, included in Folder 1, Sleeve 1, identifying its contents as "The Ballet Spartacus." Film K was originally contained in a canister identifying it as "Yanson Manizer, The Sculptress. Withdrawn. from stock." This reel consists of very few frames of film. Folder 66:1 contains the mailing label and photocopy of the front of the original canister. Box C contains one 35-mm film. The film was found in a package with the text "Trailer for 'The Little Humpbacked Horse'" and "1x 35mm short safety film 'Ballet' for educational purposes (school)"; this textual material is now located in Folder 1. Box H contains one 3" reel of 16-mm film identified as "Ballet," and one 2.5" reel of unidentified 8-mm film. Along with the supplementary materials already listed, Folder 1 contains two index cards and portions of two mailing labels that also were found along with the films in Box 121; presumably, these materials accompany the films. One card has the text, "1. Spartacus - Old - Maya & Bejak - color. 2. 'Swan Lake' - Maya - B&W from documentary on 1959 Bolshoi first tour of U.S.A." The other card has the text, "3. 'Dying Swan' incomplete Alla Ossepenko - Kirov 4. Unknown ballet dancers in color clip, a gavotte?" The cards are included in Sleeve 1. One of the mailing labels describes the contents as "sound film 16 mm 'Bolshoi Ballet'"; the other includes the text, "Katchaturian Rome - Liepa Kastkina Ryzhanko" on the back.

The film in Box 122 was originally housed in a box with the text "Filmove Laboratore Zavod Gottwaldov Zvukova Kopie" and "The Bolshoi Ballet" on it; this 12.5", 16-mm film is otherwise unidentified. The box carried the barcode 31275049130546.

Most of the the following reels are undated; several reels are dated in the 1970s.

Box 110 contains assorted 400-foot 8-mm and Super 8 films. Where identifying information was available on film reels or their containers, it has been included, either in sleeves accompanying individual film boxes or on the containers themselves. Titles listed include Cinderella (two reels); Ivan the Terrible (Acts I and II, Bolshoi Ballet, undated, three reels); Giselle (rehearsal and dressing room scenes, Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow, 1976-1977, two reels); Sleeping Beauty (Act II, Bolshoi Ballet, one reel); Spartacus (one reel); Messerer Class I (one reel); The Bolshoi Ballet, Paris '72 (one reel); Class--E. Gerdt and Fragments from Asaf Messerer's Ballet School (one reel); Bayadurka / Fragments--Pas de Deux, Swan Lake / Pas de Deux Class / Pas de Six -- The Nutcracker (one reel); Fragment -- Giselle and Complete Le Corsaire (Leningrad-Kirov Ballet School on stage Kirov Theatre, Leningrad, one reel); and three unidentified reels. Films also include one entitled "All Maya" with material from performances of Don Quixote and of Raymonda at the Metropolitan Opera and of Swan Lake at the Hollywood Bowl, both in 1966. One film reel was identified on its container as "Giselle, Act II" but as "Spartacus" elsewhere on the box and on a slip inside the container (Bolshoi Ballet). Box also contains one film entitled "Bolshoi Museum, Moscow" (one reel) and four film container boxes that had only empty reels in them; these were retained because they had identifying information that may apply to materials found elsewhere in the collection.

Box 120 contains 19 Super 8 and 8-mm films, 18 of which are 200-foot reels. Titles include Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Samokhvalova Class, Flames of Paris, and Don Quixote; box also includes reels with footage from classes, scenes from Giselle, and more.

Box 118 contains 15 Super 8 films, many of which are minimally identified. Titles on containers include Bolshoi Theatre exterior Winter Season '81-'82; Rosarukov; Maya [Exuirix?]; Spartacus; Coronation Boris; and Gavotte -- R & J.

Box 119 cpntains nine 3-inch Super 8 films and 4 short 16-mm films that were found together in a bag. The 16-mm films were not enclosed in containers and have no identification; one of these was found severly bent out of shape. Titles on the Super 8 containers include Maya exhibit, Bolshoi Museum, Bolshoi int. Ivan c[urtain] call, Misha Mom Rep Paris '77, Gavotte Original, Anna K. Exhibit, and Coronation Boris.

Box 144 contains a 7-inch reel whose original box was labelled "The Bolshoi Ballet: Excerpts from Swan Lake with Prima Ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow."

107 121 117 122 111 110 116 115 144 109 108

 Filmstrips 1975; undated 

Scope and Content

Contains eight filmstrips concering the Bolshoi Ballet and some of its dancers, including Maris Liepa and Maya Plisetskaya. Text is in Russian.


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Scope and Content

This series includes extensive runs as well as individual issues of various periodicals. Well-represented in the collection are titles including Danceletter, Soviet Weekly, and Soviet Life.


 Arthur Rubinstein n.d. 


 Ballet Folklore of Mexico n.d. 


 Children's Films n.d. 


 I Am A Dancer - Nureyev n.d. 


 About the House 1987; 1988;  


 American Ballet Theatre 1947; 1950; 1973; 1976; 1978; 1983; 1989; 


 The Australian Ballet 1970 


 Ballet News 1980 


 Ballet Review 1975-1976 


 Bolshoi Ballet 1980 


 Coast - FM 4 Fine Arts 1971 


 Connoisseur 1987 


 Dance Australia 1986; 1989; 1990 


 Dance & Dancers 1967; 1972 

Box Box

 Danceletter 1985 

27 145

 Dance Magazine 1968; 1970; 1971; 1973; 1974; 1976; 1978; 1979; 1983-1989; 1990-1994; 2004-2005 

146 145

 Dance News 1968; 1970; 1973; 1974; 1976; 1977 


 Dance Perspectives 52 1972 


 English National Ballet 1989 


 Entertainment the Tribune 1988 


 Greek Theatre 1978 


 The Hollywood Reporter 1974; 1981 


 International Ballet Competition - USA 1980 


 Life 1971, 1985 


 Los Angeles Times 1984; 1988 

Box Box

 Miscellaneous Serials 

195-197 147

 National Ballet of Canada 1974 


 National Geographic 1978 


 National Magazine of Entertainment 1973 


 The Newsletter of the International Dance Alliance Ltd. 1987 


 Newsweek 1988 


 The Old Couple 1993 


 The Paris Opera Ballet 1988 


 Playbill 1959 

Scope and Content

Contains one issue from 1959, focusing on the Bolshoi Ballet.

Box Box Box

 Performing Arts 1970-1971; 1972; 1974; 1975; 1987; 1988; 1989; 1991; 1992; 1993; 

Scope and Content

San Francisco/Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Southern California editions. Cover of 1986 edition is signed.

146 147 27

 Revue 1991 


 The San Diego Union 1988 


 Saturday Review 1968, 1975 


 Soviet Era Magazine 1969-1970 

Box Box

 Soviet Weekly 

Scope and Content

Folder 3:22 contains a greeting written by Maya Plisetskaya to the Soviet Weekly's readers in London; text is in Russian. Box 42 contains issues of Soviet Weekly.

42 22

 Sports Illustrated 1998 


 Time Magazine 1965; 1985; 1988; 1989 

Box Box

 Theatrical Pages 1994-1996 

148 147

 Variety 1995 


 Vogue 1968 


 Interview Only 1980 


 Soviet Life 1985 


 Serials -- Non-English 


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Series 8:  Books 

Scope and Content

The collection contains several published books concerning Russian and Soviet Ballet, with a focus on the Bolshoi Ballet and including titles by Maya Plisetskaya, Valery Lagunov, Sol Hurok, and George Zoritch. This series also includes scores, librettos, and scrapbooks, and materials concerning and excerpts from George Zoritch’s autobiography, Ballet Mystique.




Scope and Content

Box contains one scrapbook with newspaper clippings, photographs, and other materials. The box also contains two textiles: A banner for La Muse Eternelle, and one for the Bolshoi Ballet's 200th anniversary.


 Scores and Librettos 

Scope and Content

One of the items in this box is a handwritten libretto by R. K Schedrin [Plisetskaya's spouse], found together with a program for Gogol's Dead Souls.


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Series 9:  Artifacts, Memorabilia, and Ephemera 

Scope and Content

This series includes pieces of stages on which ballets have been performed; commemorative medallions and coins; postage stamps; jewelry boxes; ticket stubs; buttons (information artifacts); and calendars.


 Pieces of Stages 

Scope and Content

Note on Box Lid states, "Bolshoi Ballet closed -- the old met in '66." Box contains an autographed section of the Bolshoi Theatre stage; floor boards from the Old Metropolitian Opera House, New York City; and a piece of a proscenium arch [Old Metropolitan Opera House, New York City].

Box Box


Scope and Content

One statue is approximately two feet high, with patina. Inscribed on it is the text, "CCCP 1974." The statue in Box 194 is a white ceramic ballerina with an acrylic base which has been broken off from the statue.

153 194
Box Folder

 Postage Stamps, Soviet Union 1961-1962 

Scope and Content

Contains twenty-six Soviet postage stamps from 1961-1962.

48 29



 Ephemera-- Hawaii and Polynesia 


 Jewelry Boxes undated 

Scope and Content

Contains five Russian jewelry boxes of varying sizes. The boxes are in the Khokhloma style, each with some Russian-language writing on the artwork on their lids.

Box Box

 Coins, Medallions, and Jewelry 1981; undated 

Scope and Content

Box 73 contains a commemorative medal honoring Yuri Grigorovich; medallions; and several buttons (informational artifacts). Box 92 contains six commemorative coins, medallions, and jewelry. Three coins feature an image of Maya Plisetskaya (one of these is a duplicate); one medallion features an image of the Bolshoi Theatre, with the dates 1776-1976 on one side; one brooch features images of three dancers; one medallion is dated Moscow, 1981. Text on all of these pieces is in Russian. Box 18, Folder 2 has a certificate for a commemorative medal honoring Yuri Grigorovich.

92 73

 Calendars--Oversize 1987-2002 

Box Box

 Assorted Items Undated 

Scope and Content

Box 17 contains a conductor's baton, a feather (perhaps from a costume), buttons (informational artifacts), and numerous backstage and other passes. It also contains a wall decoration. Box 18 contains bookmarks, postcards, small calendar pages, book covers, a folder with illustration, business cards, ticket stubs, a certificate for a commemorative medal honoring Yuri Grigorovitch (1994), and a scrapbook page with photographs.

18 17

 Slide Viewer Undated 

Scope and Content

Box contains a slide viewer, projector, and splicer.


 Film projector 


 Slide projector and carousel 


 Exhibit Captions 


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Series 10:  Costumes, Costume Accessories, and Textiles 

Scope and Content

This series includes costumes worn by dancers; autographed ballet slippers and toe shoes; and wall hangings and banners. Many of the ballet slippers and toe shoes are in very poor condition.

Box Box Box Box Box Box Box Box


Scope and Content

Boxes contain costumes worn by dancers. Box 82 contains two unidentified jackets. Box 84 contains a pink costume worn by Maya Plisetskaya in La Rose Malade. Box 83 contains a two-piece outfit consisting of a shirt/leotard and skirt. Box 85 contains a purple dress worn by Plisetskaya. Boxes 86, 87, and 89 contain unidentified dresses (one per box); Box 88 contains one unidentified jacket.

82 88 89 83 86 87 84 85

 Ballet slippers 

Scope and Content

Boxes contain men's and women's ballet slippers and toe shoes, almost all of which are autographed by the dancers. Most of these are in very poor condition. Many of the boxes contain notes stating the names of the dancer who wore them and the ballet for which they were used.


 Wall hanging commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Bolshoi Theatre, 1976. 


 Banner, La Muse Eternelle exhibit, 1995 


 Red fabric 


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Series 11:  Audio 

Scope and Content

This series comprises approximately 120 commercial long-playing records covering a range of ballets; many of these were produced in the Soviet Union. This series also includes cassettes and compact discs with ballet-related content; some of these appear to be commercial and many do not. Some recordings include interviews.

Box Box Box Box Box

 Commercial LPs 

Scope and Content

Recordings include various ballets; some of the records were produced in the Soviet Union. Along with other albums, Box 107 contains two recordings of "The Ballet"; these lps were originally included with the films in Box 93.

104 103 102 105 107
Box Box

 Cassettes and Compact Discs 

Scope and Content

Box 81: Box contains audio tape of Bolshoi Theatre performance; one tape with unidentified content; and two with portions of Swan Lake.

Box 93: Some of these recordings appear to be commercial, and some do not. Recordings also include interviews. Contents include: [Side A] Tais/Flames of Paris; [Side B] "Documentary"--Cassette tape; Side A: Gisele--Conclusion #3; Side B: no title--Cassette tape; Side A: Bolshoi Theatr and Dwight at the Bolshoi Museum / Side B: no title--Cassette tape; Sides A and B: Ivan the Terrible / Ecole de Ballet / Don Quixote / Gypsy Dance and Rose Malade--Cassette tape; Side A: Ivan the Terrible / Bolshoi Ballet / Metropolitan, New York [May 5, 1975]; Side B: Ivan the Terrible -- Conclusion / Rose Malade / Ecole du Ballet -- Don Quixote. [September 17, 1974]--Cassette tape; Side A: Bessmertnova and Lavrovsky Interview for Figaro, Oct. 26, 1977, Part I; Side B: Part II--Cassette tape Side A: Sleeping Beauty, Bolshoi, Metropolitan, New York. Semenyaka, Part I. Side B: Part II--Cassette tape Side A: Sleeping Beauty -- Conclusion; Gisele -- Bolshoi, Metropolitan, New York. Bessmertnova, Lavrowski, Sorokina. Part I. Side B: Gisele, Part II.--Cassette tape Side A: Dwight Grell -- Interview of Trip to Moscow and Leningrad, Xmas 1983/1984; Side B: no title--Cassette tape Side A: Interview with Dwight Grell re: Archives; Side B: no title--Cassette tape Side A: Interview in Paris, April 20, 1977, Vladimir Vassiliev (Olga Smoak); Side B: continued--Cassette tape Side A: Ivan the Terrible, Bolshoi, 5-1-76; Side B: no title--Cassette tape Live from the Bolshoi: Raymonda. Aleksandr Glazunov. Complete Perfornance. The Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra conducted by Algis Zhuraitis.--Compact Disc Le Corsaire. Adam. English Chamber Orchestr. Richard Bonynge--Compact Disc Red Giselle. Eifman Ballet Production Soundtrack--Compact Disc Ballet Suites: The Seven Beauties. The Path of Thunder. Kara Karayev. Moscow Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra. Rauf Abdullayev--Compact Disc Bolshoi Theatre. Black Swan--Pas de Deux--Complete. Swan Lake--Act II--Complete. Walpurgisnacht--Complete--Compact Disc Bolshoi Theatre. Compilation --Don Quixote, Acts I, II, III. Le Corsaire, Pas de Deux -- Complete--Compact Disc Bolshoi Theatre. Bayadereka -- Act III. Sleeping Beauty -- Act III--Compact Disc; and four compact discs identified only with the designations "No. 4," "No. 5," "No. 6," and "#7th."

93 81

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Series 12:  Subject Files 

Scope and Content

Subjects include Art and Artwork Concerning Dancers, which contains drawings, sketches, paintings, sculptures, and photographs of artworks by artists including Nancy Fontaine and Valery Kosorukov; documents concerning Alexander Godunov’s life and death; mixed materials concerning International Ballet Competitions;

 Artwork About Ballet and Dancers 

Scope and Content

See also Folder 27:20 for artwork by Nancy Fontaine depicting dancers, including Maya Plisetskaya. See also Box 64 for photographs of statues of dancers; of an unnamed sculptor at work; and of sculptures in various stages of completion.

Box Box Box

 Drawings and Sketches Undated; 1984-1999 

Scope and Content

Box 45 contains line drawings and sketches of Maya Plisetskaya that were found together, some of which were signed and dated, mostly by an artist with initials [BW]. The box also contains undated, rolled-up drawings of Plisetskaya and of [Mikhail Lavrovsky]. Boxes 76 contains an oversize drawing of Plisetskaya, and Box 77 contains an oversize drawing of Vasiliev by Nancy Fontaine. This box also contains drawings of Ulanova, Semenyaka, and Bessmertnova by Kosorukov.

76 77 45
Box Box

 Mixed Materials Undated; 1997-1999 

Scope and Content

Box 62 contains drawings, sketches, art postcards, and photographs featuring various dancers, including Plisetskaya and Natalia Bessmertnova. The folder also contains textual material accompanying some of the artwork. Some of the materials werer originally found together in a leather portfolio labeled Portfolio I. The box also contains children's drawings. Where items were originally batched together, they have been placed in individual folders. Box 63 contains production sketches for Don Quixote; a sketchbook with facsimiles of Sergei Eisenstein's sketches for film (1967); and sketches and drawings of dancers.

63 62
Box Folder

 Academy Awards 2001-2004 

3 4

 Art Festivals, USSR Undated 

Scope and Contents note

Contains booklets concerning art festivals.

3 4-5

 Artwork about Ballet and Dancers 1966; 1984-1985; Undated 

Scope and Contents note

Folder 3:7 contains a flier for a show featuring Valery Kosorukov, as well as signed sketches by other artists. Folder 3:8 contains signed drawings. Folder 3:9 contains photographs of a painting and then sculptures.

3 7-9

 Ballets Russes Celebration--New Orleans, Louisiana 2000 

3 10

 Choreography and Choreography Instruction--United States 1994-2000; Undated 

Scope and Contents note

Contains fliers, business cards, and clippings.

3 11

 A Conversation with Bolshoi Dancer Vladimir Vasiliev Undated 

Scope and Contents note

Unedited transcript of interview to be included in the book In Good Company by Salli Stevenson.

3 12

 Godunov, Alexander 1995 

Scope and Contents note

Contains a program of a performance of Giselle dedicated to "Sasha" Godunov. Text is in Russian and English.

3 13

 International Ballet Competitions 1977-2001 

Scope and Contents note

Folders contain brochures, clippings, photographs, programs, fliers, notes, writings, and other materials concerning International Ballet Competitions. Folder 3:14 contains materials from the 1977 Moscow competition; Folder 3:15 materials from the 1980 competition in Varna, Bulgaria; Folder 3:16 materials from the 1985 Moscow competition; Folder 3:17 materials from the 1986 Jackson, Mississippi competition; Folder 3:18-3:19 materials from the 1989 Moscow competition; Folder 3:20 from the 1990 Jackson, Mississippi competition; Folders 3:21-3:22 from the 1994 Jackson, Mississippi competition; and Folder 3:23 materials from the 1995 Helsinki competition. Folder 3:24 contains programs and publicity materials from the International Ballet Competition "Maya" from the years 1994-1997; one of the programs is signed. Folder 3:25 contains an introduction to the Moscow, 2001 International Ballet Competition,sent to Dwight Grell by George Zoritch.

3 13-25

 Mariinski Theatre 1983 

Scope and Contents note

Contains fliers and brochures in honor of this theatre's 200th Anniversary.

3 26

 Nureyev, Rudolf 1989-1993 

Scope and Contents note

Contains clippings, programs, and other materials concerning Nureyev's life and death.

3 27

 Photographers 2001 

Scope and Contents note

Contains a brochure and press release concerning the work of Russian photographer Sasha Gusov.

3 28

 Soviet Ballet [Overview]--by the Photo Service of the Union of Soviet Socialist Societies for Friendship and Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries 1974 

Scope and Contents note

Contains a typewritten document outlining the history of Soviet Ballet; folder also includes a photograph of an exhibition panel featuring Yuri Grigorovich, found with the document.

3 29

 Supplementary Materials Concerning Ballet and Ballets Undated 

Scope and Contents note

Contains a photocopied encyclopedia article; a transcription of Le Spectre de la Rose from Berlioz's Les Nuits d'Ete; and unidentified notes, in Russian and in English, concerning various ballets.

3 30

 Ulanova, Galina Undated 

Scope and Contents note

Contains Part II and the concluding "Chapter" of Notes from My London Diary by Galina Ulanova, a serialized recounting of Ulanova's experience with the Bolshoi in London for an unidentified periodical.

3 31

 Zhdanov, Yuri--Catalog for Exhibition in Czechoslovakia 1978-1979 

Scope and Contents note

Contains a brochure for an exhibition of his artwork, with text in Czech.

3 32

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Series 13:  Clippings 

Scope and Content

This series consists chiefly of newspaper and magazine clippings collected since the 1950s; many of these are reviews or profile pieces concerning dancers and ballet companies. Clippings have been arranged by decade and by year where this is known, but have otherwise been minimally sorted. This series also includes hundreds of press releases, sent to Grell from clippings bureaus all over the world, concerning the illness and death, in 1993, of Rudolf Nureyev.


 Clippings, 1950s-1960s 


 Clippings, 1971-1975 


 Clippings, 1976-1979 


 Clippings, 1979 oversize 


 Clippings, 1980-1986 


 Clippings, 1987-1989 


 Clippings, 1990-1993 


 Clippings, 1994-1999 


 Clippings, 2000s 

Box Box

 Clippings, 2000s--Oversize 

Scope and Content

Box 149 contains tear-sheet and photocopies of a letter from Dwight Grell to the editor of "Soviet Life" , undated.

149 134
Box Box Box

 Clippings, Miscellaneous and Undated 

149 140 136

 Clippings, Rudolf Nureyev 

137 139 138

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