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Finding Aid of the Grell/Colefax Collection on Russian Ballet 0315
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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 1, Folder 1

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

Box 1, Folder 2

American Ballet Theatre--Swan Lake 1988

Box 1, Folder 3

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

Box 1, Folder 4

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

Box 1, Folder 5

Bolshoi Ballet--1975 Tour 1975

Box 64

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 1, Folder 6

Bolshoi Ballet--2000 Tour 2000

Box 1, Folder 7

Bolshoi Ballet--2002 Tour 2002

Box 1, Folder 8

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

Box 1, Folder 9

Bolshoi Ballet Documentary, WYES-TV, New Orleans 1976

Box 1, Folder 10

Bolshoi Ballet Letters 1985

Box 1, Folder 11

Bolshoi Photo ID Re: Soviet Weekly Undated

Box 1, Folder 12

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

Box 1, Folder 13-15

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).
Box 1, Folder 16

Colefax, Sonya 1939-1997; Undated

Box 1, Folder 17

Computer Files Undated

Box 1, Folder 18

Donations--Programs and Clippings 1981

Scope and Contents note

Contains donations to collection from Olga Smoak


Box 1, Folder 19-26

Exhibitions--Notes and Planning Undated; 1983-1990

Box 1, Folder 27

Exhibitions--Pointes of Light Student Cultural Program 1990

Box 1, Folder 28

Exhibitions--Text Panels Undated

Box 113

Exhibitions--Text Panels Undated

Box 64, Box 61

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.
Box 1, Folder 29

Expenditures and Receipts 1994

Box 1, Folder 30

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

Scope and Contents note

Contains a notebook with screening dates and guest lists.
Box 1, Folder 31

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

Box 1, Folder 32

Film Screenings--Introduction of Films in Soviet Union 1975

Scope and Contents note

Text in English, with Russian translation.
Box 1, Folder 33

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

Box 1, Folder 34

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

Box 1, Folder 35-37

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.
Box 1, Folder 38

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.
Box 1, Folder 39

Fundraising--Bolshoi Theatre Archive Collection 1987

Box 1, Folder 40

Grell, Dwight--Appointment Book 1975; Undated

Box 1, Folder 41-42

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

Scope and Content

Folders contain articles, clippings, and photographs.
Box 1, Folder 43

Grell, Dwight--Biography Original 1986

Scope and Contents note

Contains programs, an article in Russian, and correspondence found together in folder with this label.
Box 1, Folder 44

Grell, Dwight--Certificate of Appreciation Undated

Scope and Content

Contains Certificate of Appreciation for Grell's support of the Arizona Dance Guild.
Box 1, Folder 45

Insurance Appraisal--Nancy Fontaine

Box 1, Folder 46

International Ballet Competition 1986

Box 2, Box 154

Invoices and Receipts 1986-2000

Scope and Contents note

Contains a sampling of the scores of receipts and invoices originally included with the collection.
Box 2, Folder 2

Kirov Ballet Instructional Film Undated

Scope and Contents note

Contains material found together in bag labeled "Vaganova School Leningrad-Kirov Ballet."
Box 2, Folder 3

Kirov Ballet--Materials Concerning 1999-2002; Undated

Box 2, Folder 4

Loans--Documentation 2002

Box 2, Folder 5

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

Scope and Contents note

Deck dues, rail cues, program
Box 2, Folder 6

Meetings--Agendas 1993

Scope and Contents note

Nureyev celebration.
Box 2, Folder 7-12

Notes and Planning 1987-1977; Undated

Box 154, Box 2

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.
Box 66

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 149, Box 2

Photographs Undated

Scope and Contents note

Contains photocopies of photographs sent by Dwight Grell to Nancy Fontaine to document the Archive's holdings.
Box 2, Folder 15

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

Box 2, Folder 16

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.
Box 2, Folder 17

Proposal for a Museum of Russian Ballet in Culver City Undated

Box 2, Folder 

Research on Ballet Undated

Scope and Contents note

Contains encyclopedia article in Russian and text of the Corsair.
Box 2, Folder 19

Stars of the Bolshoi Ballet 2001

Box 2, Folder 20

Stationery Undated

Box 2, Folder 21

Tour Schedule--Bolshoi Ballet 1999

Box 154, Box 2, Folder 22

Travel Documents 1994

Box 2, Folder 23

US-USSR General Exchanges Agreement 1985

Box 7, Folder 3

Personal Journals Undated

Scope and Content

Contains two personal journals presumably written by Dwight Grell.


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 4, Folder 3-7

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.
Box 4, Folder 8-18

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.
Box 4, Folder 19-33, Box 5, Folder 1-2

1980s 1980-1989

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 5, Folder 3-18, Box 154

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.
Box 5, Folder 19-24

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.
Box 154, Box 4, Folder 1-2

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.
Box 6, Folder 1-4, Box 7, Folder 1-2

Greeting Cards

Scope and Content

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


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 8, Folder 1

The Bolshoi Ballet (Film) 1958

Scope and Contents note

Contains one photograph, from The Fountain of Bakhchisarai.
Box 8, Folder 2

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.
Box 8, Folder 3-6

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.
Box 8, Folder 7

Plisetskaya Dances (Film) 1960

Box 8, Folder 8

Bolshoi Ballet Stars--Slides Undated

Box 8, Folder 9-28

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.
Box 8, Folder 29

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

Box 8, Folder 30

Angara 1976; Undated

Box 8, Folder 31

Anna Karenina 1974; Undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes numerous stills from the film featuring Maya Plisetskaya.
Box 8, Folder 32

Anyuta 1985-1986

Box 8, Folder 33

Assel Undated

Box 8, Folder 34-36

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.
Box 8, Folder 37

Ballet School 1962-1974; Undated

Box 8, Folder 38

La Bayadere 1982-circa 1999

Box 8, Folder 39

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

Box 8, Folder 40

Bolero 1975-1978

Box 8, Folder 41

The Bronze Horseman 1950-1958

Box 8, Folder 42

Carmen Undated

Box 8, Folder 43-44

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.
Box 8, Folder 45

Chopiniana circa 1960

Box 8, Folder 46-47

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.
Box 8, Folder 48

Coppelia Undated; 1972

Box 8, Folder 49-50

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."
Box 8, Folder 51-55, Box 9, Box 155

Don Quixote Undated

Box 9, Folder 11-13

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.
Box 9, Folder 14

Esmeralda 1957-1961

Box 9, Folder 15

Etude (Liszt) 1960

Box 9, Folder 16

La Fielle Mal Gardee 1973

Box 9, Folder 17

The Firebird 1964-1966

Box 9, Folder 18

The Flames of Paris 1933-1950; Undated

Box 9, Box 154

The Fountain of Bakhchisarai Undated; 1950-1965

Box 9, Folder 21-30

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.
Box 9, Folder 31-32

The Golden Age Undated; 1986

Scope and Contents note

Folder 9:31 contains undated photographs; Folder 9:32 photographs from 1986.
Box 9, Folder 33

Hamlet (Film) 1960-1979; Undated

Box 9, Folder 34

Homage to Ulanova 1982-1984; Undated

Box 9, Folder 35-37

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.
Box 9, Box 149

Isadora Circa 1970

Scope and Contents note

Choreography by Maurice Bejart.
Box 9, Folder 39-41

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.
Box 9, Folder 42

Laurencia 1956-1966

Scope and Contents note

Folder contains photographs dated 1956, 1962, and 1966 (the latter a postcard).
Box 9, Folder 43-44

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.
Box 9, Folder 45-47

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.
Box 9, Folder 48

MacBeth Undated; 1980-1983

Box 10, Folder 1-5

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.
Box 10, Folder 6

The Old Tango (Television Show) 1979

Box 10, Folder 7-8

Paganini Undated; 1960-1999

Scope and Contents note

Folder 10:7 contains undated photos, and Folder 10:8 contains photos dated 1960 and 1999.
Box 10, Folder 9-10

Phaedra Undated; 1973

Scope and Contents note

Folder 10:9 contains undated photos; Folder 10:10 contains photos from 1973.
Box 10, Folder 11

Pharaoh's Daughter 2000

Box 10, Folder 12

Porgy and Bess 1984

Box 10, Folder 13

Preludes and Fugues 1971-circa 1975; Undated

Box 10, Folder 14

Pro and Contra 1972

Box 10, Folder 15-19

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.
Box 10, Folder 20-21

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.
Box 10, Folder 22

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

Box 155, Box 10

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.
Box 10, Folder 30

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.
Box 10, Folder 31-34

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).
Box 10, Folder 35-41

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.
Box 11, Folder 1-6

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.
Box 11, Folder 7

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

Box 11, Folder 8

Stars of the Bolshoi Ballet / Les Etoiles du Bolchoi Undated

Box 11, Folder 9

The Stone Flower Undated; 1954-1964

Scope and Contents note

Some photos are dated "1960s."
Box 11, Folder 10-15

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.
Box 11, Folder 16

Les Sylphides Undated; circa 1958-1995

Box 11, Folder 17

These Enchanting Sounds Undated; 1978

Box 11, Folder 18

Tristan and Isolde Undated

Box 11, Folder 19

Walpurgis Night Undated

Box 11, Folder 20

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.
Box 11, Folder 21

Various Ballets Undated

Scope and Contents note

Folder contains fifty-eight contact sheets from various performances.
Box 25, Box 19, Box 24, Box 26, Box 27, Box 22, Box 23, Box 20, Box 21

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.

Kirov Ballet

Box 38, Box 11, Box 154

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.
Box 11, Folder 23

Photocopies of Unidentified Ballets Undated

Scope and Contents note

Photocopies in poor condition.
Box 32, Box 31, Box 38, Box 52, Box 33, Box 34

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.

Other Companies

Box 28, Folder 38

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.
Box 13, Folder 8

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.
Box 27, Folder 5

Tbilisi Ballet 1984

Scope and Content

Contains one photograph and one negative of Serenade, by Balanchine, taken by photographer Judy Rogg.
Box 28, Folder 25

Ulanova, Galina Undated

Box 24, Folder 34

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.
Box 13, Folder 7, Box 30, Box 31

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.
Box 28, Folder 9

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.
Box 28

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 28, Folder 64

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.
Box 28, Folder 45

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.
Box 27, Folder 10

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).
Box 3, Folder 26

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.
Box 13

[Ballet Nacional de Cuba] Undated

Scope and Content

Contains one photograph of Alicia Alonso and Azari Plisetsky in a performance of Giselle.
Box 3, Folder 63

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.

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 11, Folder 25-26

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.
Box 11, Folder 27-34

Unidentified Ballets Undated

Scope and Content

Folders 11:27-11:33 contain undated photographs. Folder 11:34 contains photographs dating 1972-1987.
Box 29

Unidentified Ballets Undated

Scope and Content

Box contains rolled-up photographs from various unidentified performances.
Box 54, Box 55, Box 51, Box 53, Box 42

Mounted and Oversize Photographs Undated; 1974-1986

Scope and Content

Some of the photographs in Box 54 are dated 1974-1986.
Box 11, Folder 35

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.

Portraits and Candids

Box 12, Folder 1

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.
Box 12, Box 154

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.
Box 12, Folder 14-15

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.
Box 16, Folder 1

Bolshoi Ballet--Negatives Undated

Scope and Content

Contains one negative, of Maya Plisetskaya and Dwight Grell in Pasadena.
Box 12, Folder 16

Anianshvili, Nina 1987-circa 1989

Box 12, Folder 17

Bessmertnova, Natalia Undated; 1966-1975

Box 12, Folder 18

Chabukiani, Vakhtang Undated; 1926-1935

Box 12, Folder 19

Colefax, Sonya Undated

Scope and Contents note

Folder includes two copies of a print and its corresponding negative.
Box 12, Folder 20

Dimitrieva, Larissa 1966

Box 12, Folder 21

Fokine, Mikhail 1906

Box 12, Folder 22-23

Godunov, Alexander Undated; 1974-1988

Box 12, Folder 24

Grigorovich, Yuri Undated; 1986

Box 12, Folder 25

Lagunov, Valery Undated; 1955-1972

Box 12, Folder 26

Lavrovsky, Leonid 1956-1967

Box 12, Folder 27

Lavrovsky, Mikhail Undated; 1955-1969

Box 12, Folder 28

Levashev, Vladimir 1966-1969

Box 12, Folder 29

Liepa, Maris Undated; circa 1960-1981

Box 12, Box 154

Makarova, Natalia Undated

Box 12, Folder 31

Malakhov, Vladimir Undated

Box 12, Folder 32

Maximova, Ekaterina Undated; 1957-1977

Box 12, Folder 33

Messerer, Asaf Undated

Box 12, Folder 34

Mukhamedov, Irek Undated; 1987

Box 12, Folder 35

Nureyev, Rudolf Undated

Box 12, Folder 36

Pavlova, Anna 1901

Box 12, Folder 37

Pavlova, Nadezhda Undated; 1973

Box 12, Folder 38-48

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.
Box 12, Folder 49

Semenyaka, Ludmila Undated; 1975-1986

Box 12, Folder 50

Sorokina, Nina Undated; 1960-1975

Box 12, Folder 51

Struchkova, Raisa Circa 1940-1988

Box 12, Folder 52

Timofeyeva, Nina 1967-1968

Box 12, Folder 53

Ulanova, Galina Undated; 1946-1986

Box 12, Folder 54-55

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.
Box 12, Folder 56

Zhdanov, Yuri 1950-1986

Box 12, Folder 

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.
Box 13, Folder 1-3

Grell, Dwight--Solo Undated

Box 13, Folder 4-15

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.
Box 16, Folder 2-3

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

Box 13, Folder 16

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.
Box 13, Folder 17

Other or Unidentified Companies Undated; 1964-1965

Box 13, Folder 18-19

Unidentified Solo Undated; 1970-2001

Scope and Contents note

Folder 13:18 contains undated photos; Folder 13:19 photos dated 1970-2001.
Box 13, Folder 20-22

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].
Box 13, Folder 22

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

Box 13, Folder 41-42

Russian and Soviet Undated; 1917-1941

Box 28, Box 39, Box 40, Box 30

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.

Rehearsal and Instruction

Box 13, Box 154

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.
Box 13, Folder 32-36

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).
Box 13, Folder 37

Maya Plisetskaya Conducting Master Classes in New York 1987

Box 13, Folder 38

Maya Plisetskaya Conducting a Master Class, California Circa 1990

Box 13, Folder 39

Kirov Ballet Undated; 1969

Scope and Contents note

Dancers featured include Yuri Soloviev, Tatiana Vecheslova, Galia Miezentseva, Igor Zelinsky, and Kaleria Fedicheva.
Box 13, Folder 40

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.
Box 41, Box 149

Mounted and Oversize Photographs Undated; 1960-1999

Scope and Content

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

Other Subjects

Box 14, Box 155

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).
Box 154

Autographed Photographs

Box 14, Folder 24

Costumes and Artifacts Undated

Scope and Contents note

Contains photographs of flowers, costumes, and artwork.
Box 14, Folder 25

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.
Box 14, Folder 26

House on the Road (Television Film) Undated

Box 16, Folder 11

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.
Box 14, Folder 27

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.
Box 14, Folder 28-30

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.
Box 16, Folder 12

Russian and Soviet Dancers--Slides Undated

Scope and Content

Folder contains professionally produced slides.
Box 14, Folder 31

Stars of the Russian Ballet (Film) Undated; 1955

Box 16, Folder 13

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.
Box 14, Box 155

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.
Box 16, Folder 14-15

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

Box 14, Folder 35

Venues Undated

Box 16, Folder 16-17

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.
Box 50

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.
Box 65

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 14, Folder 49

Bolshoi Ballet '67 [1967]

Box 14, Box 154

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.
Box 14, Folder 52

Home of Sonya Colefax Undated; 1980s

Box 14, Folder 53-54

Theatre Vanguard Undated; 1975

Box 14, Folder 55

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 2000

Box 14, Folder 56

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.
Box 16, Folder 5-8

Slides Undated; 1966-1987

Scope and Content

Folders contain images of the Bolshoi Ballet, exhibition titles, and various performances and dancers.
Box 16, Folder 9

Negatives Undated; 1985

Scope and Content

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

Other Companies

Box 154, Box 14

Postcards 1989

Box 154, Box 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).
Box 14, Folder 3-8

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.
Box 14, Folder 9

Ballets Russes 1912-1916

Box 14, Folder 10

Donetsk Ballet Undated; 1989

Box 14, Folder 11

Leningrad Maly Opera Theatre 1962

Box 14, Folder 12

Long Beach Ballet Company Circa 1989

Box 14, Folder 13

Moiseyev Dancers Undated

Box 14, Folder 14

Moscow Classical Ballet 1980

Box 14, Folder 15

Moscow Grigorovich Ballet 1994

Box 14, Folder 16

Moscow School of Choreography 1968-1978

Box 14, Folder 17

Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre Undated

Box 14, Folder 18

Perm Theatre of Opera and Ballet 1974

Box 14, Folder 19

Petrograd Opera and Ballet Theatre 1922

Box 14, Folder 20

Romen Theatre / Moscow Gypsy Theatre "Romen" Undated

Box 14, Folder 21

Royal Ballet Company 1979

Box 14, Folder 22

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

Box 15, Folder 1-19

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.
Box 149, Box 114, Box 72, Box 60, Box 59, Box 35, Box 36, Box 37, Box 43, Box 44, Box 46, Box 47, Box 48, Box 49, Box 56, Box 57, Box 58

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."


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.
Box 151, Box 152, Box 147, Box 142


Box 148, Box 151, Box 141

Programs-- Non-English



Scope and Content

This series consists of fliers, brochures, press releases, and other publicity for ballets, film screenings, and other ballet-related events.
Box 2, Folder 24

Arabesque 1986-1988

Scope and Contents note

Originally found in box labeled "IBC [International Ballet Competition] '89 / London '89."
Box 2, Folder 25

Art Exhibition--Valery Kosorukov Undated

Box 2, Folder 26

Ballet Nacional de Cuba 1959-1999

Box 2, Folder 35

Bolshoi Theatre 1999

Box 2, Folder 36

Exhibitions 1976-1987

Box 2, Folder 27-34

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.
Box 2, Folder 37-40

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.
Box 2, Folder 41

Films 1989

Scope and Contents note

Contains fliers for various films, including Plisetskaya Dances, Maya Plisetskaya, and films released by Kultur video.
Box 2, Folder 42

International Ballet Competition, Moscow 1989

Box 2, Box 38

Kirov Ballet 1989-2002; Undated

Box 2, Folder 44

Liepa, Andria 2000; Undated

Box 2, Folder 45

Moscow Classical Ballet 1986-1988; Undated

Scope and Contents note

Contains fliers, programs, and clippings concerning this company and it tours.
Box 3, Folder 1

Other Companies 1986-2002; Undated

Box 3, Folder 2

Return of the Firebird (Film) 1997

Box 3, Folder 3

Venues 1983

Scope and Contents note

Contains two copies of a promotional card re: the 200th anniversary of the Kirov Ballet / Mariinsky Theatre.
Box 69, Box 70, Box 71, Box 67, Box 72, Box 156-193, Box 68

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.

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

Box 106

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.
Box 96, Box 90, Box 95, Box 98, Box 97, Box 94, Box 99, Box 100, Box 101

Noncommercial videos Bulk, 1970-1989 1960-2000

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.
Box 81


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.


Box 107, Box 121, Box 117, Box 122, Box 111, Box 110, Box 116, Box 115, Box 144, Box 109, Box 108

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.
Box 125

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.


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.
Box 145

Arthur Rubinstein n.d.

Box 145

Ballet Folklore of Mexico n.d.

Box 145

Children's Films n.d.

Box 145

I Am A Dancer - Nureyev n.d.

Box 145

About the House 1987; 1988;

Box 145

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

Box 145

The Australian Ballet 1970

Box 145

Ballet News 1980

Box 145

Ballet Review 1975-1976

Box 145

Bolshoi Ballet 1980

Box 145

Coast - FM 4 Fine Arts 1971

Box 145

Connoisseur 1987

Box 145

Dance Australia 1986; 1989; 1990

Box 145

Dance & Dancers 1967; 1972

Box 27, Box 145

Danceletter 1985

Box 146, Box 145

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

Box 146

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

Box 146

Dance Perspectives 52 1972

Box 146

English National Ballet 1989

Box 146

Entertainment the Tribune 1988

Box 146

Greek Theatre 1978

Box 146

The Hollywood Reporter 1974; 1981

Box 146

International Ballet Competition - USA 1980

Box 148

Life 1971, 1985

Box 146

Los Angeles Times 1984; 1988

Box 195-197, Box 147

Miscellaneous Serials

Box 146

National Ballet of Canada 1974

Box 146

National Geographic 1978

Box 146

National Magazine of Entertainment 1973

Box 146

The Newsletter of the International Dance Alliance Ltd. 1987

Box 146

Newsweek 1988

Box 146

The Old Couple 1993

Box 146

The Paris Opera Ballet 1988

Box 27

Playbill 1959

Scope and Content

Contains one issue from 1959, focusing on the Bolshoi Ballet.
Box 146, Box 147, Box 27

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.
Box 147

Revue 1991

Box 147

The San Diego Union 1988

Box 147

Saturday Review 1968, 1975

Box 147

Soviet Era Magazine 1969-1970

Box 42, Box 22

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.
Box 147

Sports Illustrated 1998

Box 147

Time Magazine 1965; 1985; 1988; 1989

Box 148, Box 147

Theatrical Pages 1994-1996

Box 148

Variety 1995

Box 148

Vogue 1968

Box 148

Interview Only 1980

Box 148

Soviet Life 1985

Box 150

Serials -- Non-English



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.
Box 80, Box 79, Box 112


Box 75


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.
Box 91

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.

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.
Box 78

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 153, Box 194


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.
Box 48, Folder 29

Postage Stamps, Soviet Union 1961-1962

Scope and Content

Contains twenty-six Soviet postage stamps from 1961-1962.
Box 154


Box 155

Ephemera-- Hawaii and Polynesia

Box 55

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 92, Box 73

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.
Box 64

Calendars--Oversize 1987-2002

Box 18, Box 17

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.
Box 74

Slide Viewer Undated

Scope and Content

Box contains a slide viewer, projector, and splicer.
Box 123

Film projector

Box 124

Slide projector and carousel

Box 198

Exhibit Captions


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 82, Box 88, Box 89, Box 83, Box 86, Box 87, Box 84, Box 85


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.
Box 199

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.
Box 45

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

Box 45

Banner, La Muse Eternelle exhibit, 1995

Box 143

Red fabric



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 104, Box 103, Box 102, Box 105, Box 107

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.
Box 93, Box 81

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."

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 76, Box 77, Box 45

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.
Box 63, Box 62

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.
Box 3, Folder 4

Academy Awards 2001-2004

Box 3, Folder 4-5

Art Festivals, USSR Undated

Scope and Contents note

Contains booklets concerning art festivals.
Box 3, Folder 7-9

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.
Box 3, Folder 10

Ballets Russes Celebration--New Orleans, Louisiana 2000

Box 3, Folder 11

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

Scope and Contents note

Contains fliers, business cards, and clippings.
Box 3, Folder 12

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.
Box 3, Folder 13

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.
Box 3, Folder 13-25

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.
Box 3, Folder 26

Mariinski Theatre 1983

Scope and Contents note

Contains fliers and brochures in honor of this theatre's 200th Anniversary.
Box 3, Folder 27

Nureyev, Rudolf 1989-1993

Scope and Contents note

Contains clippings, programs, and other materials concerning Nureyev's life and death.
Box 3, Folder 28

Photographers 2001

Scope and Contents note

Contains a brochure and press release concerning the work of Russian photographer Sasha Gusov.
Box 3, Folder 29

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.
Box 3, Folder 30

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.
Box 3, Folder 31

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.
Box 3, Folder 32

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.


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.
Box 126

Clippings, 1950s-1960s

Box 127

Clippings, 1971-1975

Box 128

Clippings, 1976-1979

Box 129

Clippings, 1979 oversize

Box 130

Clippings, 1980-1986

Box 131

Clippings, 1987-1989

Box 132

Clippings, 1990-1993

Box 133

Clippings, 1994-1999

Box 135

Clippings, 2000s

Box 149, Box 134

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.
Box 149, Box 140, Box 136

Clippings, Miscellaneous and Undated

Box 137, Box 139, Box 138

Clippings, Rudolf Nureyev