Scope and arrangement
The Alexis Kosloff papers (1919-1957) document Kosloff’s career as a dance instructor and consists of correspondence, photographs, programs and publications, sheet music, and writings.
The photographs make up the bulk of the collection and include images of Kosloff, former students, and studios, as well as rehearsal, production, and publicity shots of dancers. Some photographs of dancers or performers are autographed. There is also a photograph of a gold mine in Siberia.
Programs and publications consist of a literary journal titled The Russian Student from 1929, promotional material for company performances and Kosloff’s dance studio, and a small amount of press clippings. A chapter from an unpublished manuscript titled The Talisman by Karl William Zoeller in 1935 and its adaptation for performance is also here. Writings hold Kosloff’s notes in Russian as well as his book Russian Ballet Technique.
Correspondence holds incoming letters in Russian as well as an unsigned satirical drawing of dancers. Sheet music includes Kosloff’s Dagger Dance as well as manuscript pages for an untitled work.
Alphabetical by subject.