Scope and arrangement
The Chicago Allied Arts, Inc. Records are chiefly comprised of correspondence, but the collection also includes some contracts, financial records, and drafts of legal documents concerning the establishment and operations of the short-lived organization, which produced a series of programs of music and dance in Chicago from 1924-1927. Most of the correspondence deals with financial or administrative matters, and mainly consists of letters to and from John Alden Carpenter soliciting contributions from potential donors. Similarly, correspondence between Adolph Bolm and Carpenter and Nicolas Remisoff and Bolm primarily pertains to payments, but occasionally also touches on artistic decisions. While incomplete, these records document some of the planning and development of the ballet programs for the group's initial 1924-1925 season. With the exception of two letters and accounts submitted by conductor Eric De Lamarter (one of which contains a full listing of the orchestra members), there is very little information in the collection on the musical component of the Chicago Allied Arts, Inc. concerts. Also of interest is an unidentified letter, dated January 3, 1929 (possibly from Carpenter to Ruth Page), which chronicles a trip to Russia and Europe. Though the titles of the works often are omitted, this lengthy letter contains extended descriptions of numerous performances attended by the sender, including stagings of The Red Poppy and The Sleeping Beauty at the Bolshoi, various Moscow Art Theatre productions, and Die Dreigroschenoper in Berlin. Although fragmentary in nature, the collection provides an insight into a mostly forgotten episode in the development of ballet in the United States and uncovers the organization's unique contribution to the cultural and social life of Chicago.