This collection includes souvenir programmes, leaflets, tickets and announcements of the Anna Pavlova Company performances in England (1913 - December 1930) and, following Pavlova’s death, of memorial performances (1931-36). It contains correspondence between Lilian Scott Wood and a number of recipients including Pavlova, Victor Dandré, Nathan Goldberger (Counselor at Law in New York, U.S.A.) and Lionel Powell (Concert Agent); photographic prints of Pavlova performing, at leisure and in the studio; books and assorted objects associated with Pavlova; also some material associated with Margot Fonteyn, Ninette de Valois, Anna Pruzina, and the Diaghilev Ballets Russes.
A box of assorted Anna Pavlova programmes includes those for: the Pavlova season at the London Opera House, Kingsway (undated); a London season promoted by Star Attractions (undated); the Palace Theatre (July 1913); the Theatre Royal Drury Lane (1920); the Queen's Hall (1921); the Royal Opera House (1923, 1924 and 1925); the Streatham Hill Theatre (1929 and 1930); the Golders Green Hippodrome (1929 and 1930); the Prince of Wales Theatre, London (1930). It also includes programmes for memorial performances by the Anna Pavlova Company; for a gala performance launching the film The Immortal Swan (1936), and for performances associated with the Madame Pavlova Memorial Fund.
It includes souvenir programmes for: a gala performance of Madame Karina, the Danish Prima Ballerina, given at the Victoria Hall, Ealing (11 May 1914); a souvenir programme for the Diaghilev Ballets Russes production of The Sleeping Princess at the Alhambra Theatre (1921-1922); the Season of Russian Opera and Ballet at the Lyceum Theatre (1931); a benevolent performance featuring classical music in aid of the Musicians' Benevolent Fund at the Royal Albert Hall (12 January 1933) and Margot Fonteyn in an evening of ballet with New London Ballet (15 February 1976).
Also a letter from Ninette de Valois to Mlle Anna Pruzina regarding ballet lessons for the Sadler's Wells Ballet Company, and advertising cards for The Russian School of Dancing of Mons Laurent Novikoff and Mlle Anna Pruzina. A photograph of Margot Fonteyn by David Lane, inscribed by Fonteyn’s mother, Mrs Hookham: “Margot remembering Miss Pruzina’s words and standing in the air” (1938).
Includes articles, news cuttings and illustrations (1913-31) featuring news about Pavlova and her Company.
An illustrated auction catalogue of the contents of Ivy House (22 June 1931) and a set of eight photographs of the Anna Pavlova exhibition held at the Museum of London (1956), depicting some of the displayed objects and cases.
Also a 23-page, handwritten manuscript, in an unidentified hand, with the heading Anna Pavlova, Pages from my Life, which appears to be a short autobiographical reminiscence by Pavlova (undated).
Objects include three ballet shoes of uncertain provenance, which may have been Pavlova’s. Also a framed white feather, provenance unknown, which may be from Pavlova’s Dying Swan costume.
Two boxes of photographs: of Pavlova in performance (possibly as Giselle); studio portraits in costume, and a number of photographs at leisure; also photographs of her funeral service and a folder containing photographs of persons (unidentified) possibly associated with Pavlova.
The collection contains some rare books: Anna Pavlova by Victor Dandré (1932) signed by the author and contained in its original case; With Pavlova Around the World by Theodore Stier (undated); Pavlova by Watford Hyden (1931); Anna Pavlova by Cyril Beaumont (1932); three volumes from the Artists of the Dance series including The Marie Rambert Ballet and Tamara Karsavina by Arnold Haskell (1930) and Anna Pavlova by Valerian Svetloff (1930).