Scope and Content

Letters to and from persons connected with the Ballets Russes, including Diaghilev, Stravinsky, Boris Kochno, Misia Sert, Valentine Hugo, Vittorio Rieti, Chaliapine, Jean Cocteau, and Sir Thomas Beecham.

This collection of letters relates to the business arrangements of the company, but in addition there are many letters of a more personal nature, including letters received by Parmenia Ekstrom from Boris Kochno into the 1970s. The letters are mainly French, but do include some in English and Russian.


This series has been divided into four sub-series: general letters to and from Diaghilev and other persons relating to the Ballets Russes, correspondence between Diaghilev and his various agents relating to business, letters to and from Stravinsky, and the collection of letters from Boris Kochno to Parmenia Ekstrom written after the Ballets Russes ceased to operate.