Scope and arrangement
The Lila Zali papers (1898-2003) consist of photographs, press clippings, programs and memorabilia, diaries belonging to her mother, scrapbooks, and personal and professional correspondence. The collection documents Zali's personal and professional life from her childhood through the end of her tenure as Artistic Director for Ballet Pacifica. The scrapbooks and photographs provide a sense of Zali's youth and career development as well as images of family life in the early twentieth century.
The majority of the collection is made up of press clippings and programs, which provide a sense of Zali's professional life. Many of the photographs document time spent dancing for the USO and on the television series Balleretta and The Don Lewis Show.
There are four scrapbooks; Zali's scrapbook documents her career touring with the Mordkin Ballet, Colonel De Basil's Original Ballet Russe, and the USO. Maria Zalipsky compiled the other three scrapbooks, which trace Zali's career as well as some family history. The diaries kept by Zalipsky are written in Russian and include press clippings and photographs of Zali, friends, and family.
The music books in the collection, which are in English, Russian, German and French, have the earliest dates and were kept by Zali and Zalipsky.
Audio material removed from this collection contains recordings of Zali singing opera. Inquiries regarding audio materials in the collection may be directed to the Jerome Robbins Dance Division (firstname.lastname@example.org). Audio materials may be subject to preservation and migration prior to access.
Alphabetical by subject.