Scope and arrangement
The Sergei Denham Papers relate to his career outside the world of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, primarily his work in the field of banking. The material in this collection is rich in correspondence (both in English and Russian) and financial information from the early 1920s into the mid-1930s of a man who became prominently associated in the twentieth century with a particular dance company, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, but had a very successful life in an entirely different field before that. He rose rapidly in the international banking world and these papers demonstrate his wealth of contacts, particularly as he worked to develop branches of Bankers Trust in Eastern Europe. Very little of a personal nature is to found within the collection.
The Sergei Denham papers are arranged in four series:
- 1918 - 1936
This series consists of Sergei Denham's business correspondence, primarily from the early 1920s until the mid-thirties, before his association with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Much, but not exclusively, of this work was done for Banker's Trust. The correspondence has been divided between the English and the Russian letters.
- 1921 - 19363 boxes
This series contains material specifically related to Sergei Denham's work on behalf of Banker's Trust, as well as information on his association with Gaston and Company. Also included are material relating to his work to form a company to manufacture and distribute beer mats from 1934 to 1936, showing the range of venture with which he was involved.
- 1920 - 19351 boxes
This series contains information mainly on the travels of Sergei Denham during this period, such as his passport and baggage declaration forms.
- 1919 - 19341 boxes
This series contains Russian and German correspondence as well as some income tax returns.