Chicago Theater Collection-Dance Programs

Dates: 1931-1969 (Bulk dates, 1955-1965)
Size: 2 linear feet, 1 scrapbook
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: SPE: Archives_CTC_Dance Programs
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Chicago Theater Collection-Dance Programs, [Box #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library

Scope and Content

The theater archive of the Special Collections Department contains a collection of over one hundred dance programs and souvenir books. Their source is not known, although there is some evidence that they were donated by the Chicago dance teacher, Edna McRae. The collection is particularly strong in material on the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, especially in its earlier incarnations as Col. W. De Basil’s Ballet Russe, the Original Ballet Russe, and the Monte Carlo Ballet Russe. There are also lavish souvenir books for Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe and Anna Pavlova, although these do not document specific Chicago performances.

In addition to the loose material there is a bound volume of Ruth Page programs, predominantly for Ruth Page’s Chicago Opera Ballet. This volume was donated to the Library by Miss Page in 1972 and transferred to the Special Collections at an unknown later date.

Arrangement

Programs that document specific performances at specific theaters have been removed and interfiled with the appropriate theater in the programs collections. Sovenir books that are not specific to a theater are arranged alphabetically and by size in boxes 1-4. Boxes 1 and 2 include smaller sized souvenir books, boxes 3 and 4 include larger sized souvenir books. The Ruth Page volume is indexed individually by program in the order they are bound.

Container List

Box 1 Folder 1 American Ballet Theatre 1962-1963
Box 1 Folder 2 American Ballet Theatre 1963-1964
Box 1 Folder 3 American Ballet Theatre 1964-1965
Box 1 Folder 4 Antonio/Ballets de Madrid 1964-1965
Box 1 Folder 5 La Argentina 1934
Box 1 Folder 6 La Argentina Undated
Box 1 Folder 7 Arirang 1964
Box 1 Folder 8 Ballet Espanol Roberto Iglaesias Undated
Box 1 Folder 9 Ballet Espanol Ximenez-Vargas 1962-1963
Box 1 Folder 10 Ballet Folklorico of Mexico 1963-1964
Box 1 Folder 11 Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo 1954-1955
Box 1 Folder 12 Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo 1956
Box 1 Folder 13 Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo 1959-1960
Box 1 Folder 14 Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo 1960-1961
Box 1 Folder 15 Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo 1961-1962
Box 1 Folder 16 Ballet Theatre 1940
Box 1 Folder 17 Ballet Theatre 1951-1952
Box 1 Folder 18 Ballet Theatre 1952-1953
Box 1 Folder 19 Bolshoi Ballet 1962-1963
Box 1 Folder 20 Col. W. de Basil’s Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo Undated
Box 1 Folder 21 Yvonne Georgi and Harald Kreutzberg Undated
Box 1 Folder 22 Jooss European Ballet 1936-1937
Box 1 Folder 23 Jose Molina Bailes Espanoles Undated
Box 2 Folder 1 Leningrad Kirov Ballet 1961-1962
Box 2 Folder 2 Leningrad Kirov Ballet 1965-1966
Box 2 Folder 3 Littlefield Ballet 1938
Box 2 Folder 4 Martha Graham and Dance Company Undated
Box 2 Folder 5 Mata and Hari Undated
Box 2 Folder 6 Anna Pavlova Undated
Box 2 Folder 7 Joffrey Ballet 1962-1963
Box 2 Folder 8 Sergelifar 1933
Box 2 Folder 9 Royal Ballet 1963-1964
Box 2 Folder 10 Royal Ballet 1964-1965
Box 2 Folder 11 Royal Danish Ballet 1965
Box 2 Folder 12 Sadler’s Wells Ballet 1949
Box 2 Folder 13 Sadler’s Wells Ballet 1950-1951
Box 2 Folder 14 Sadler’s Wells Ballet 1953-1954
Box 2 Folder 15 San Francisco Opera Ballet 1939
Box 2 Folder 16 Slavenska Franklin Ballet 1952-1953
Box 2 Folder 17 Stars of the Bolshoi Ballet 1964-1965
Box 2 Folder 18 Vincente Escudero and his Ensemble 1932
Box 2 Folder 19 Mary Wigman 1931
Box 3 Folder 1 Ballet Caravan Undated
Box 3 Folder 2 Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo 1938-1939
Box 3 Folder 3 Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo 1939-1940
Box 3 Folder 4 Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo 1940-1941
Box 3 Folder 5 Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo 1941-1942
Box 3 Folder 6 Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo 1943-1944
Box 3 Folder 7 Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo 1944-1945
Box 3 Folder 8 Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo 1947-1948
Box 3 Folder 9 Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo 1949-1950
Box 3 Folder 10 Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo 1957-1958
Box 3 Folder 11 Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo Undated
Box 3 Folder 12 Ballet Theatre 1940
Box 3 Folder 13 Ballet Theatre 1941-1942
Box 3 Folder 14 Ballet Theatre 1942-1943
Box 3 Folder 15 Ballet Theatre 1944-1945
Box 3 Folder 16 Ballet Theatre 1945-1946
Box 3 Folder 17 Ballet Theatre 1946-1947
Box 3 Folder 18 Beryozka 1958-1959
Box 3 Folder 19 Bolshoi Ballet 1959
Box 3 Folder 20 Col. W. de Basil’s Ballets Russes 1934
Box 3 Folder 21 Col. W. de Basil’s Ballets Russes 1935-1936
Box 3 Folder 22 Col. W. de Basil’s Ballets Russes 1937
Box 3 Folder 23 Col. W. de Basil’s Ballets Russes 1937-1938
Box 3 Folder 24 Les Chave-Souris March 1921
Box 3 Folder 25 Les Chave-Souris 1924-1925
Box 4 Folder 1 Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe [1916-1917]
Box 4 Folder 2 Mikhail Mordkin and His Russian Ballet 1926-1927
Box 4 Folder 3 Original Ballet Russe 1940-1941
Box 4 Folder 4 Original Ballet Russe 1941-1942
Box 4 Folder 5 Anna Pavlova Undated
Box 4 Folder 6 Anna Pavlova 1914
Box 4 Folder 7 Anna Pavlova in The Dumb Girl of Portici 1916
Box 4 Folder 8 Anna Pavlova 1920
Box 4 Folder 9 Anna Pavlova 1921
Box 4 Folder 10 Royal Ballet 1959-1961
Box 4 Folder 11 Royal Ballet 1963-1964
Box 4 Folder 12 Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn and Their Denishawn Dancers Undated

Index to Ruth Page Bound Material

Program 1 Page-Stone Ballet, souvenir book Undated
Program 2 Chicago Grand Opera Ballet, flyer Undated
Program 3 ‘Revanche’ (Revenge) de Ruth Page, scrapbook Undated
Program 4 Lyric Theatre, program 1954
Program 5 Ruth Page’s Chicago Opera Ballet, clipping 1957
Program 6 Ruth Page Ballets, flyer Undated
Program 7 Ruth Page’s Chicago Opera Ballet, program Undated
Program 8 Ruth Page’s Chicago Opera Ballet, flyer Undated
Program 9 Ruth Page’s Chicago Opera Ballet, souvenir book 1958
Program 10 Ruth Page’s Chicago Opera Ballet, souvenir book Undated
Program 11 Ruth Page’s Chicago Opera Ballet, souvenir book Undated
Program 12 Souvenir Book The Nutcracker (Ruth Page), souvenir book Undated
Program 13 Souvenir Book Ruth Page’s Chicago Opera Ballet, souvenir book Undated
Program 14 Clippings Ruth Page’s Chicago Opera Ballet, clippings Undated
Program 15 Flyer Ruth Page’s Chicago Opera Ballet, flyer 1958-1959
Program 16 Ruth Page’s Chicago Opera Ballet, souvenir book Undated
Program 17 Ruth Page’s Chicago Opera Ballet, clippings 1960
Program 18 Ruth Page’s Chicago Opera Ballet, souvenir book 1960
Program 19 Ruth Page’s Chicago Opera Ballet, souvenir book Undated
Program 20 Ruth Page’s Chicago Opera Ballet, souvenir book 1963-1964
Program 21 Ruth Page’s Chicago Opera Ballet, clippings 6 January 1964 to 15 March 1964
Program 22 Ruth Page’s Chicago Opera Ballet, souvenir book 1965
Program 23 Ruth Page’s Chicago Opera Ballet, souvenir book 1966
Program 24 Ruth Page’s International Ballet, souvenir book 1967
Program 25 Ruth Page’s International Ballet, souvenir book 1968
Program 26 Ruth Page’s International Ballet, souvenir book 1969
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