Scope and arrangement
The bulk of the Leonide Massine Papers documents Massine's professional and personal life from about 1940 to 1955, although some materials from before and after this period are included in the collection. The collection does not include any materials covering the period during which Massine was a member of the Diaghilev ballet.
- TM--Tatiana Massine
- LM--Leonide Massine
- N.D.--No date
A slashmark (/) between names or abbreviations indicates letters written by the person whose name appears before the mark to the person whose name appears after it. For example, LM/TM indicates letters from Leonide Massine to Tatiana Massine. The following variations in names will be found within the collection:|||TATIANA MASSINE--a.k.a. Tatiana Orlova, Tania Lowska, Tatiana Milishnikoff, Camila Bunduk|||MARIA MEKKI(Tatiana's mother)-- a.k.a. Samia Mekki, Maria Ivanovna|||Massine's sister Raissa--Raya, Raissa Issitchenko|||Massine's secretaries: Helen (Lucia) Sabo; D. Lanskoy; L. Domherr; F.M. Mott; A. Somoff.|||In English, Russian, Italian, French.|||Russian translated by Natasha Deakin.
The Leonide Massine papers are arranged in six series:
- 514 items
As previously mentioned the legal series includes correspondence to and from John Witt of Stephenson Harwood and Tatham, and Sidney Cohn of Boudin, Cohn and Glickstein, from 1941 to 1954, arranged by date. These deal with a variety of ongoing legal problems, including Massine's attempts to have ballets recognized as his property, to collect royalties due him, and, during the early 1950s, to retain his U.S. citizenship while living abroad. A subseries, Legal Documents (1932-1955), is also included, consisting mostly of professional contracts and arranged by date.
- 170 items
Included in the somewhat sparse collection of professional materials are several drafts of proposals to form a ballet foundation and new ballet company, ca. 1943; schedules, cast lists, and itineraries, ca. 1938-1955; and several s of handwritten and typed notes and memos concerning miscellaneous ballet productions.
A Miscellaneous series includes materials relating to the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and printed matter on unions and on U.S. citizenship laws.
Prominent in the financial series are the records of royalty payments made to Massine by 9 organizations, including the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Ballet Theatre, and the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas, sorted by company and arranged, where possible, by date, as well as payroll and box office records for Ballet Russe Highlights and miscellaneous box office receipts arranged by date. A boxed subseries, Miscellaneous Financial Records, sorted roughly by year, is largely made up of Massine's personal financial records such as bills, receipts, cancelled checks, bank statements, financial notes, and material pertaining to Massine's boat, etc. However, much of the financial records for 1945 and 1946 document expenses incurred for the tours of Ballet Russe Highlights (bills and receipts for printing, advertising, supplies; expense budgets; etc.). The Massines' hotel bills and medical records form separate subseries, arranged by date.
Bank and insurance correspondence, also part of the Financial series, are sorted by month, while insurance policies are arranged by date. Tax records, grouped by type and then arranged chronologically, consist of an income statement for 1940, and state and local taxes paid on the house in Long Beach from 1951-1968.
The Memorabilia series contains Massine family photo albums and scrapbooks, the children's notebooks and paintings, a partially used spiral notebook and a ledger book with some poetry written in it. The series also includes an address book which was used as an inventory of books, and an autographed photo of Gregory Peck.