Scope and arrangement
The Aleksandra Danilova papers contain letters, biographical notes, photographs, and other miscellaneous material related to Danilova's personal and professional life.
The biographical documents consist of multiple timelines documenting important events and accomplishments in Danilova's life, which she created while working on her memoir. General documents include miscellaneous items, such as copies of programs for performances given in Manila, Philippines (1955); a travel document with details on Danilova's visit to Columbia (1954); a poem celebrating Danilova composed by a fan (1944); and an unpublished review of Danilova's debut as a choreographer (1958); among other items.
The clippings consist of Danilova mentions in newspaper fashion sections and obituaries for Danilova.
The bulk of the approximately 100 letters are items sent to Danilova between 1954 and 1979 from friends, colleagues, and fans. Topics discussed include Danilova's ballet performances, such as her final performance with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo (1957); her personal life, work, and travel; and memories of past performances with Diaghilev, Balanchine, and others. Senders include Karl Christopher Allen, Rupert Allen, Sergie J. Denham, Anton Dolin, Lincoln Kirstein, Mildred E. Neff, Tony Randall, Olga J. Rosenthal, Olga Spessivtzeva, and Paul Strauss. Several letters are addressed to "Choura" and "Butch," two nicknames for Danilova. Also present are four letters from Danilova to her friends William and Margaret Manning in the late 1980s. In these she discussed her health, working on her memoir, and the death of a mutual friend.
Images include 8 photographs depicting Danilova as a dancer and with friends on a trip visiting Diaghilev's grave in Italy, and a painting on paper of dancers in the moonlight inscribed "For Mme. Alexandra Danilova…J. Aseltine."
This collection is organized by document type. Correspondence is ordered chronologically with undated items at the end.