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
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Joyce Berry papers
Date (inclusive): 1904-1984, undated
Date (bulk): 1920-1960
Collection Number: MS 072
Creator: Berry, Joyce
Extent: 6.67 linear feet (14 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, 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

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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.

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 dancers she admired, 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, undated
  • Series 4. Articles and news clippings, 1918-1960
  • Series 5. Literary works, 1920-1959
  • Series 6. Programs, 1904-1977, undated
  • Series 7. Music textbooks and composition, 1920, undated
  • Series 8. Scrapbooks, 1923-1953

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

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

Letters in general 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

Documents 1923

Box 2, Folder 10

Map of France undated


Series 3. Photographs undated

Series Scope and Contents

This series contains photographs of various dancers from Russia, France, and America.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged by photographs of Joyce Berry followed by photographs of other dancers.
Box 3, Folders 1-21

Joyce Berry undated

Box 3, Folder 22

Other Dancers- Stage Dancers undated

Box 3, Folder 23

Other Dancers- Portraits undated

Box 3, Folder 24

Other Dancers- Scenes undated

Box 3, Folder 25

Other Dancers- Wedding Photo undated

Box 3, Folder 26

Other Dancers- Small Photos undated

Box 3, Folder 27

Other Dancers- Signed Male undated

Box 3, Folder 28

Other Dancers- Signed Female undated

Box 3, Folder 29

Other Dancers- Signed Portrait undated

Box 3, Folders 30-39

Other Dancers- Sonia Wojcikovska undated


Series 4. Articles and news clippings 1918-1960

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.
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- "Complete Essays" undated

Box 4, Folder 4

Dancing Times- "Incomplete" 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

Dance Articles- Bolshi Ballet circa 1963

Box 4, Folder 8

Dance Articles- Dance companies circa 1949-1956

Box 4, Folder 9

Dance Articles- Dancers circa 1959-1972

Box 4, Folder 10

Dance Articles- General circa 1947-1959

Box 4, Folder 11

Dance Articles- Productions circa 1942-1987

Box 4, Folder 12

Dance Articles- Dance Related People circa 1957-1959

Box 4, Folder 13

Dance Articles- French Language circa 1924

Box 4, Folder 14

Dance Articles- The Dance circa 1926

Box 4, Folder 15

Dance Articles- Composers circa 1983

Box 5, Folder 1

Non-Dancer Related Newspaper Articles 1918-1953

Box 5, Folder 2

Dancer Articles- Artists 1958

Box 5, Folder 3

Dancer Articles- Svetlana Beriosava 1959-1961

Box 5, Folder 4

Dancer Articles- Joyce Berry 1925

Box 5, Folder 5

Dancer Articles- Antoine Bolin 1959

Box 5, Folder 6

Dancer Articles- Richand Buckle 1961

Box 5, Folder 7

Dancer Articles- Yvette Chauvire 1958-1959

Box 5, Folder 8

Dancer Articles- Sergei Diaghileff 1925

Box 5, Folder 9

Dancer Articles- Margot Fonteyn 1965-1975

Box 5, Folder 10

Dancer Articles- Beryl Grey 1958

Box 5, Folder 11

Dancer Articles- Natalie Krassova undated

Box 5, Folder 12

Dancer Articles- Natalia Markova 1970

Box 5, Folder 13

Dancer Articles- Alicia Markova 1957-1958

Box 5, Folder 14

Dancer Articles- Leoinide Massiene 1960

Box 5, Folder 15

Dancer Articles- Nadia Nerina 1960

Box 5, Folder 16

Dancer Articles- Vaslav Nijinsky 1950

Box 5, Folder 17

Dancer Articles- Nureyev 1962

Box 5, Folder 18

Dancer Articles- Anna Pavlova 1921

Box 5, Folder 19

Dancer Articles- Maria Plisetskaya undated

Box 5, Folder 20

Dancer Articles- Antoinette Silbey 1959

Box 5, Folder 21

Dancer Articles- Maria and Majorie 1958

Box 5, Folder 22

Dancer Articles- Ludmilla Tcherina 1955

Box 5, Folder 23

Dancer Articles- Tamarra Toumanova 1953

Box 5, Folder 24

Dancer Articles- Galina Ulanova 1956

Box 5, Folder 25

Dancer Articles- Ninette De Valois 1960

Box 5, Folder 26

Dancer Articles- Unknown Dancers 1965

Box 5, Folder 27

Wartime Photos- Originals 1918

Box 5, Folder 28

Wartime Photos- Photocopies 1918

Box 5, Folder 29

Dancer Artwork- Paintings undated

Box 5, Folder 30

Loose Pieces circa 1919


Series 5. Literary works 1919-1959

Series Scope and Contents

This series contains literary works and written entries pertaining to the study of ballet and perfomances, including dance notebooks detailing lesson plans, artistic cues, and 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 7, Folder 1

Journal Entries- Mini Journals undated

Box 7, Folder 2

Journal Entries- German Lessons undated

Box 7, Folder 3

Journal Entries- Poetry 1919-1922

Box 8, Folder 1

Books and Pamphlets- Picture Postcards undated

Box 8, Folder 2

Books and Pamphlets- Pamphlets 1922

Box 8, Folder 3

Books and Pamphlets- Pamphlets 1956

Box 8, Folder 4

Books and Pamphlets- Books 1936


Series 6. Programs 1904-1977

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 arranged chronologically in boxes 9-10 and alphabetically in box 11.
Box 9, Folders 1-8

Ballet 1922-1959

Box 9, Folder 9, Box 9, Folder 9

Ballet News Clippings 1960-1964

Box 10, Folders 1-2

Ballet 1964-1984

Box 10, Folder 3

Ballet, TV, and Movie 1971

Box 10, Folder 4-6

Joyce Berry Appears 1912

Box 10, Folder 7

Joyce Berry Personal Photo's and Newspaper's 1914

Box 11, Folders 1-2

Art/Exhibit 1914-1926

Box 11, Folder 3

Music 1922-1965

Box 11, Folder 4

Theater 1924-1976

Box 11, Folder 5

Opera 1904-1977

Box 11, Folders 6-7

L'Opera Russe à Paris 1930

Box 11, Folder 8

The Arts and Critiques 1925-1956


Series 7. Music textbooks and composition 1920

Series Scope and Contents

This series contains musical compositions for ballet performances during the early twentieth to mid-twentieth centuries, including classical compositions from European composers and their notes.

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 12, Folder 1

Airs à Danser undated

Box 12, Folder 2

Found with music undated

Box 12, Folder 3

Handwritten sheet and notebook undated

Box 12, Folder 4-5

Mixed Music Sheets undated

Box 12, Box 6

The Music Lovers Portfolio undated

Box 12, Box 7

The University Course of Music Study undated

Box 12, Folder 8

Touch and Technic undated

Box 13, Folder 1

Bath, Boughton undated

Box 13, Folder 2

Bridge, Carroll, Chaminade undated

Box 13, Folder 3

Chopin undated

Box 13, Folders 4-5

Farjeon undated

Box 13, Folder 6

Coleridge Taylor, Da Costa, Debussy, DeFalla, Delvin Court undated

Box 13, Folder 7

Franck, German, Grieg, Handel undated

Box 13, Folder 8

Henselt, Ireland, Matthay undated

Box 13, Folder 9

John B. McEwen to Maurice Ravel undated

Box 13, Folder 10

C. Saint-Saëns to Cryil Scott undated

Box 13, Folder 11

Cyril Scott undated

Box 13, Folder 12

Cyril Scott to Richard Wagner undated


Series 8. Scrapbooks 1922-1953

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 arranged by two folders and then by the size of scrapbooks.
Box 14, Folder 1

Small Dance Scrapbook 1922-1923

Box 14

Small Dance Scrapbook 1923-1924

Box 14, Item 1

Modern Ballet Scrapbook 1923

Box 14, Item 2

Technique of the Dance- Joyce Berry scrapbook 1922-1923

Box 14, Item 3

Joyce Berry Album Scrapbook 1924

Box 14, Item 4

Album Scrapbook 1927-1953

Box 14, Item 5

Scrapbook of Dancers 1923

Box 14, Item 6

Dancers Scrapbook 1923

Box 14, Item 7

Scrapbook- Russian Ballet 1923