Joyce Berry papers

Finding aid prepared by Aleia McDaniel & Celeste Navas, Student Processing Assistants.
Special Collections & University Archives
The UCR Library
P.O. Box 5900
University of California
Riverside, California 92517-5900
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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



Series 1. Artifacts undated

Series Scope and Contents

This series contains artifacts related to ballet perfomances, including ballet shoes and castanets.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged by item.
Box 1, Items 1-3

Ballet Shoes undated

Box 1, Item 4

Castanets Set undated


Series 2. Correspondence 1923-1984, undated

Series Scope and Contents

This series contains postcards, personal letters, and telegrams between Joyce Berry, ballet officials, and friends.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged in chronological order and then by subject.
Box 2, Folder 1

Letters to officials in the ballet community 1923-1929

Box 2, Folder 2

Letters to officials with ties to the ballet company 1930-1939

Box 2, Folder 3

General correspondence 1940-1948

Box 2, Folder 4

Letters to outside media 1950-1956

Box 2, Folder 5

Letters to friends/family 1960-1984

Box 2, Folder 6

Letters to other persons undated

Box 2, Folder 7

Russian Correspondence 1925

Box 2, Folder 8

Telegrams 1923-1933

Box 2, Folder 9

Memoranda of Agreement 1923

Flat-File-Folder 1

Map of France undated


Series 3. Photographs 1924-1954, undated

Series Scope and Contents

This series contains photographs of various dancers from Russia, France, and the United States.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged by photographs of Joyce Berry followed by photographs of other dancers.
Box 3, Folders 1-2

Joyce Berry 1930-1938, undated

Box 3, Folder 3

Sonia Wojcikovska 1940, 1945, and undated

Scope and Contents

Folder includes photos of Sonia Wojcikovska. Some photos are autographed.
Box 3, Folder 4

Signed Photographs 1924, 1933-1947, 1954, undated

Box 3, Folder 5

Assorted Photographs undated

Scope and Contents

Photos of dancers and some portraits.
Box 3, Folder 6

Scenes undated

Box 3, Folder 7

Wedding Photo 1946


Series 4. Articles and news clippings 1917-1987, undated

Series Scope and Contents

This series contains articles and newspaper clippings related to ballet dancers, performers, and artists who had direct or indirect affiliations with Joyce Berry. The series also includes essays pertaining to ballet, newspaper articles that feature ballerinas and ballerinos in their headlines, and photographic prints of these dances.

Series Arrangement

This series is organized topically. Oversized materials were placed in correpsonding flat file folders.
Box 4, Folder 1

Dancing Times - "A History of Dance" undated

Box 4, Folder 2

Dancing Times - Bibliographies undated

Box 4, Folder 3

Dancing Times - Essays undated

Box 4, Folder 4

Dancing Times - Clippings undated

Box 4, Folder 5

Dancing Times - "Letter on the Dance Ballet" undated

Box 4, Folder 6

Dancing Times - "Notes on Décor" undated

Box 4, Folder 7, Flat-File-Folder 2

Bolshoi Ballet newspaper clippings 1956, undated

Box 4, Folder 8, Flat-File-Folder 3

Dance company newspaper clippings circa 1941-1958

Box 4, Folder 9, Flat-File-Folder 4

Newspaper clippings of dancers 1946-1959, 1972, undated

Box 4, Folder 10, Flat-File-Folder 5

Dance newspaper clippings 1940, 1946-1959, 1986, undated

Box 4, Folder 11, Flat-File-Folder 6

Dance Production newspaper clippings 1946-1963, 1970, 1987, undated

Box 4, Folder 12

French newspaper clippings 1924, 1926, undated

Box 4, Folder 13

Articles from The Dance 1926

Box 4, Folder 14, Flat-File-Folder 7

Newspaper clippings on composers 1956-1958, 1979, undated

Box 5, Folder 1, Flat-File-Folder 8

Non-Dance newspaper clippings 1918, 1940, 1953, 1961, undated

Flat-File-Folder 9

Newspaper clippings on artists 1958-1962, undated

Box 5, Folder 2

Newspaper clippings on Svetlana Beriosava 1954-1961

Box 5, Folder 3

Newspaper clippings on Joyce Berry 1925 & undated

Box 5, Folder 4

Newspaper clippings on Antoine Bolin 1959, 1965, and undated

Box 5, Folder 5

Newspaper clippings on Richard Buckle 1961-1968, undated

Flat-File-Folder 10

Newspaper clippings on Yvette Chauvire 1958-1959, undated

Box 5, Folder 6

Newspaper clippings on Sergei Diaghileff 1924-1925, 1979, undated

Box 5, Folder 7, Flat-File-Folder 11

Newspaper clippings on Margot Fonteyn 1946-1965, 1975, undated

Box 5, Folder 8, Flat-File-Folder 12

Newspaper clippings on Beryl Grey 1957-1958, undated

Box 5, Folder 9

Newspaper clippings on Natalie Krassova undated

Box 5, Folder 10, Flat-File-Folder 13

Newspaper clippings on Natalia Makarova 1970 & undated

Box 5, Folder 11

Newspaper clippings on Alicia Markova 1940, 1957, undated

Box 5, Folder 12

Newspaper clippings on Leonide Massiene 1960 & undated

Box 5, Folder 13

Newspaper clippings on Nadia Nerina 1959-1961

Box 5, Folder 14

Newspaper clippings on Vaslav Nijinsky 1950 & undated

Box 5, Folder 15, Flat-File-Folder 14

Newspaper clippings on Rudolf Nureyev 1962, 1970, and undated

Box 5, Folder 18

Newspaper clippings on Anna Pavlova undated

Box 5, Folder 19

Newspaper clippings on Maia Plisetskaya 1984 & undated

Box 5, Folder 18

Newspaper clippings on Antoinette Sibley 1959 & undated

Box 5, Folder 19

Newspaper clippings on Maria and Marjorie Tallchief 1958, 1965, and undated

Box 5, Folder 20

Newspaper clippings on Ludmilla Tcherina 1959 & undated

Box 5, Folder 21

Newspaper clippings on Tamara Toumanova 1953

Box 5, Folder 22, Flat-File-Folder 15

Newspaper clippings on Galina Ulanova 1956, 1962, undated

Flat-File-Folder 16

Newspaper clippings Ninette De Valois 1957-1959, 1969, undated

Box 5, Folder 23, Flat-File-Folder 17

Newspaper clippings - dance during wartime (originals) 1917-1918

Box 5, Folder 24

Newspaper clippings - dance during wartime (facsimiles) 1917-1918

Box 5, Folder 25

Artwork undated

Box 5, Folder 26

Loose notes and clippings 1927 & undated

Processing revision

The students that initially processed this collection and created the finding aid, in 2015, noted that the materials in this folder were found loose in the front of a notebook and gave a date of "circa 1919". There is no further information of which notebook the materials were found in.

Scope and Contents

Folder contains dance notes, newspaper clippings, and excerpts from "The Dancing Times."

Series 5. Literary works 1910-1957, undated

Series Scope and Contents

This series contains literary works and written entries pertaining to the study of ballet and perfomances. These materials include dance notebooks detailing lesson plans, artistic cues, different performance values, and books and pamphlets on ballet and dancers.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged topically.
Box 6, Folder 1

Dance Notebooks- Dance Diaries undated

Box 6, Folder 2

Dance Notebooks- Notebook #1 undated

Box 6, Folder 3

Dance Notebooks- Sarbonne, Paris 1930

Box 6, Folder 4

Notebooks and calendar books 1929, 1938, undated

Physical Description: 6 Items
Box 6, Folder 5

Notebook of German Lessons undated

Box 6, Folder 6

Poetry notebook 1919-1922

Box 6, Folder 7

Prose notebook undated

Box 7, Folder 1

Books and Pamphlets- Picture Postcards undated

Box 7, Folder 2

Books and Pamphlets- Pamphlets 1918, 1921, 1926, 1943

Box 7, Folder 3

Books and Pamphlets- Assorted Printed Materials and Clippings 1917, 1956-1957, undated

Box 7, Folder 4

Books and Pamphlets- Printed Materials 1910 & undated


Series 6. Programs 1904-1984, undated

Series Scope and Contents

This series contains programs from various ballet performances between 1922 and 1962. Programs in the series include performance lists, cast lists, production notes, and general information about the performances.

Series Arrangement

This series is primarily arranged chronologically with some material in box 10 arranged alphabetically.
Box 8, Folders 1-9

Ballet 1923-1964

Box 9, Folders 1-2

Ballet 1964-1984

Box 9, Folder 3

Film & TV Ballet undated

Box 9, Folder 4-6

Joyce Berry performances 1912-1933 & undated

Box 9, Folder 7

Joyce Berry personal photos and clippings 1914, 1938, undated

Box 10, Folders 1-2

Art & Exhibits 1913-1941, 1924-1926, 1930, 1955, undated

Box 10, Folder 3

Music 1922-1966, undated

Box 10, Folder 4

Theater 1924-1976, undated

Box 10, Folder 5

Opera 1904, 1026-1930, 1950, 1977

Box 10, Folders 6-7

L'Opera Russe à Paris 1930 & undated

Box 10, Folder 8

Miscellaneous printed materials on art and dance 1925, 1956, undated


Series 7. Sheet music and composition 1891-1944, undated

Series Scope and Contents

This series contains musical compositions for ballet performances during the early twentieth to mid-twentieth centuries.

Series Arrangement

This series is organized in chronological order where dates are available. In addition to chronological order specific compositions are listed in alphabetical order.
Box 11, Folder 1

Airs à Danser undated

Box 11, Folder 2

Music related clippings undated

Processing note

Folder was titled "Found with music" during initial processing and the title was changed during review. It is assumed these materials were loose in boxes with other music related materials and placed in this folder together.
Box 11, Folder 3

Handwritten sheet music 1917-1918 & undated

Box 11, Folder 4-5

Printed sheets music undated

Box 11, Box 6

The Music Lover's Portfolio... undated

Box 11, Box 7

The University Course of Music Study undated

Box 11, Folder 8

Touch and Technic for Artistic Piano Playing undated

Box 12, Folders 1 to 10, Box 13, Folders 1 & 2

Sheet Music 1891-1930, 1944, undated

Scope and Contents

Assorted printed sheet music for piano from numerous different composers.

Series 8. Scrapbooks 1918-1937, undated

Series Scope and Contents

This series contains scrapbooks made by Joyce Berry about ballet dancers, performances, orchestral accounts, and newspaper articles.

Series Arrangement

This series is roughly arranged by size: from smaller to larger bound volumes.
Box 14, Folder 1

Small Scrapbook 1922-1923

Box 14, Folder 2

Dance Notebook/Scrapbook 1923-1924

Box 14, Folder 3

Dance Technique Journal 1922

Box 14, Folder 4

Technique of the Dance notebook 1919-1923

Box 15, Item 1

Joyce Berry Album V Scrapbook 1924-1927, undated

Box 15, Item 2

Album Scrapbook 1928-1937, undated

Box 16, Item 1

Scrapbook of Dancers 1923 & undated

Scope and Content Summary

This scrapbook contains dancer images with an emphasize on Anna Pavlova.
Box 16, Item 2

Scrapbook of Dancers 1918-1922, undated

Box 17, Item 1

Scrapbook of Dancers 1922-1924, undated