Scope and arrangement
The Lucia Chase papers are arranged in three series:
The personal correspondence series comprises 359 items and consists mainly of letters between Lucia and members of her immediate family. The largest number of these include Lucia's letters to her mother, Elizabeth Hosmer Kellogg Chase, and letters to Lucia from her father, Irving Hall Chase, two of her sisters, Dorothy “Dee” Carmody, and Elizabeth “E. I.” or “Lizette” Davies, and both of her sons, Thomas III and Alexander “Sandy.”
This series also contains eleven diaries written by Lucia between the years 1914 and 1968. Six of these are of a personal nature, and the other five are journals kept while on various tours with the Ballet Theatre.
There are an additional eighty letters requesting personal favors or extending invitations to various benefits, parties, etc.
Lucia Chase's personal financial papers contain detailed information on her many investments as well as more minor household bills and receipts.
The business correspondence constitutes the largest subseries (ca. 600 items). It is arranged alphabetically and includes letters to Lucia from Irina Baronova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Agnes de Mille, Anton Dolin, Cynthia Gregory, Doris Humphrey, Michael Kidd, Lincoln Kirstein, Hugh Laing, José Limón, Oliver Smith, Antony Tudor, and E. Virginia Williams among others. The correspondence from Charles Payne, a member of the company's Board of Directors, and Peter Lawrence, an executive manager of the company during the 1940s, is quite extensive.
In addition, this series includes ninety items of business correspondence not written by or to Lucia Chase, as well as documents relating to various aspects of the operation of the Ballet Theatre Foundation, miscellaneous promotional and production information, scenarios, itineraries, and financial records. The latter document both Lucia Chase's part in supporting the company, as well as more general company payrolls, proposals, budgets, and statements.
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The papers also contain two ledger/address books from the Mordkin Ballet School (1934-1936) and a 1936 program autographed by Mikhail Mordkin.