Scope and arrangement
The collection is important for documentation of the post-dancing career of Maria Tallchief, the first prima ballerina in the United States. The material includes many awards and honors that she has received over the years. Also among the papers are clippings from magazine and newspaper articles documenting her dancing career and her life after professional dancing. In addition to the photographs of Maria Tallchief, there are some never-before-seen shots of George Balanchine.
The collection is lacking any personal material and concentrates mostly on the time after her retirement from professional dancing.
The Maria Tallchief papers are arranged in two series:
- 1948 - 2005
This series contains awards given, honorary doctoral degrees awarded, family snapshots, publicity stills and other photographs, choreographic notes from one of her dances created by George Balanchine, clippings from newspapers and periodicals which include performance reviews and human interest stories, and professional correspondence.
- 1950 - 2003
This series contains oversized material, including awards, honorary degrees, photographs, programs and advertisements.