Scope and arrangement
The Maya Plisetskaya papers span the years 1956-1990 and consist of correspondence, clippings, photographs, slides and negatives.
Alice Vrbsky, a fan of Maya Plisteskaya, created the collection. Vrbsky made scrapbooks of Plisetskayas career. The correspondence is from Plisetskaya to Vrbsky and is all in Russian as Plisetskaya did not learn English. The clippings are mostly from North American publications, although there are foreign language clippings also included. There are equal amounts of publicity photographs and candid shots of both ballet productions and Plisetskaya playing the part of a tourist. Vrbsky also took the slides and negatives.
The collection is important in its documentation of the Cold War era career of Maya Plisetskaya, who danced in several tours with the Bolshoi Ballet. The collection does not have any personal anecdotes from either Vrbsky or Plisetskaya.
The Maya Plisetskaya papers are arranged in five series:
- 1968 - 19721 Folder
This series consists of correspondence from Maya Plisetskaya to Alice Vrbsky. There are letters, postcards and greeting cards. All correspondence is in Russian.
- 19884 Boxes
This series consists of photographs, slides and negatives. The majority of this series consists of ballet performances, with limited photographs about life off stage.
- 1956 - 19901 Box
This series contains programs from performances of Maya Plisetskaya and the Bolshoi Ballet. Some are in languages other than English.
- 1962 - 19661 Box
This series contains clippings. There are reviews of performances of Maya Plisetskaya and the Bolshoi Ballet. There are also human interest stories about Plisetskayas life away from the ballet.
- 1970 - 19791 box
This series contains clippings, photographs and programs.