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Joyce Berry papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Contents
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Joyce Berry papers
    Date (inclusive): 1891-1987, undated
    Date (bulk): 1917-1960
    Collection Number: MS 072
    Creator: Berry, Joyce
    Extent: 7.46 linear feet (17 boxes)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: This collection is comprised of photographs, correspondence, programs, and other material pertaining to former professional ballet dancer Joyce Berry. Notable materials in the collection include correspondence with dance companies, photographs of dancers, notebooks, and performance programs from the early to mid-20th century.
    Languages: The collection is in English, French, German, and Russian.


    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright Unknown: Some material in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction, and/or commercial use, of some materials may be restricted by gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing agreement(s), and/or trademark rights. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], [date if possible]. Joyce Berry papers (MS 072). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    The Joyce Berry papers were acquired as a gift in 2012.

    Processing History

    Processed by Aleia McDaniel and Celeste Navas, Student Processing Assistants, 2015.
    Processing of the Joyce Berry papers was completed by undergraduate students from the University of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR Library and administered by Bergis Jules, University and Political Papers Archivist, and Eric Milenkiewicz, Manuscripts Curator.
    Collection was reviewed and minor updates were made in 2022 by Andrew Lippert, Special Collections Processing Archivist. Primary changes were rehousing of photographs, transfer of oversized clippings to flat files, and placing scrapbooks in different boxes (minor box number changes in Series 8).

    Biographical Note

    Joyce Berry Kanitz was an English ballet dancer trained under the Ida Rubinstein dance company. She was a successful dancer in London and Paris, performing with the Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo and Madame Nijinksa of the Diagheleff Ballet. Throughout her lifetime she created personal scrapbooks that included photographs of herself and other dancers, especially Russian prima ballerina Anna Pavlova.

    Collection Scope and Contents

    This collection contains materials related to the life and career of ballet dancer Joyce Berry, including correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, programs, music compositions, news clippings, and artifacts.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into eight series as follows:
    • Series 1. Artifacts, undated
    • Series 2. Correspondence; 1923-1984, undated
    • Series 3. Photographs; 1924-1954, undated
    • Series 4. Articles and news clippings; 1917-1987, undated
    • Series 5. Literary works; 1910-1957, undated
    • Series 6. Programs; 1904-1984, undated
    • Series 7. Sheet music and composition; 1891-1944, undated
    • Series 8. Scrapbooks; 1918-1937, undated

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Ballet dancing
    Performing arts

    Genres and Forms of Materials