This collection consists of papers associated with the planning, administration and finances of the Camargo Ballet Society, and records of performances produced by them.
It includes six volumes of press cuttings containing both text and images in black and white print; a photocopy of a Nadina Newhouse scrapbook (Newhouse was a founder-member of the Vic-Wells Ballet) containing news cuttings featuring productions of the Society, 1932-33, and two black and white photographs depicting Lydia Lopokova and Ursula Moreton, Hedley Briggs, Stanley Judson and Lydia Lopokova in Coppélia, 1933.
Planning and administrative records of the Society include personal and business correspondence between the Society’s key administrators, artistic collaborators and colleagues at the Old Vic Theatre, London. Correspondents of the Society include M. Montagu-Nathan, Secretary and Assistant Treasurer, Miss J. M. Harvey, Secretary, J.M. Keynes, Hon. Treasurer, and John V. Trevor, Stage Director. Letters from artistic collaborators include some between Constant Lambert and J.M. Keynes, and correspondents from the Old Vic include Evelyn Williams and Lilian Baylis. Correspondence covers subjects such as production plans and costs, tax issues, and the liquidation of the Society, 1936. Among the papers are other records such as the schedule for the Camargo Ballet Society's winter season 1932-33; reports of the Society’s accounts and activities for members; Arnold Haskell’s booklet ''The Ballet in England'', containing reviews of choreographies produced by the Society, and a list of early ballets produced in England by the Society, the Vic-Wells and Marie Rambert’s group. Also included are Company records - a signed copy of the articles of agreement between the Covent Garden Opera Syndicate and John Maynard Keynes, 7 June 1933; and the Memorandum and Articles of Association.
The collection includes programmes and announcements of the Society’s performances in honour of the World Economic Conference, arranged with the assistance of the Vic-Wells Ballet, on 27 and 29 June 1933 at Royal Opera House; a programme for the Society’s performances at the Savoy Theatre for a four-week season, 6 June - 2 July 1932; also a programme for a performance of a mixed bill of English ballet at Det Kongelige Teater, Copenhagen, 26 September 1932. It includes two issues of the Anglo Danish Journal, no. 6/26 (July 1932) and no. 7/26 (November 1932) featuring an article on the ''English Ballet in Copenhagen'', organized by the Association of Operatic Dancing of Great Britain and a photograph of Anton Dolin and Adeline Genée.
Financial papers associated with the Society include account books for the Midland Bank and Westminster Bank Limited belonging to The Camargo Ballet Society; a hand-written account book for the Society, July 1931 - November 1932 with reference to member subscriptions, tickets sales, productions, transfers, salaries, rental and telephones fees and refunds; and loose sheets of an account book, 27-29 June 1933, with reference to tickets sales, salaries, scenery and costumes, printing, publicity and office sundries. These dates correspond with those of the Gala Performance in honour of the World Economic Conference at the Royal Opera House.