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  • Adolph Bolm collection,


  • The collection documents Bolm's career both in Russia and the United States with various companies, including Ballets Russes de Serge Diaghilev, Ballet Intime, Adolph Bolm Ballet, Chicago Civic Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Ballet Theatre. It contains photographs, including many of Bolm in costume for various dance roles and with Tamara Karsavina, his frequent partner from the Ballets Russes. There is a large amount of correspondence from Bolm's frequent collaborator, composer John Alden Carpenter. In addition, there are programs, advertisements, pamphlets, and press clippings which primarily document Bolm's career in America as a ballet master, choreographer, and teacher. The collection contains performance reviews and news articles about Bolm, as well as notes and drafts for a biography of Bolm by Rosalind Shaffer de Mille. In addition, there are materials relating to Anna Pavlova, including correspondence and a photograph. The collection also includes business papers, music scores, a small amount of costume designs, and two autograph books.


  • Bolm, Adolph, 1884-1951.


  • -  Bolm, Adolph,--1884-1951
  • -  Bolm, Adolph,--1884-1951--Archives
  • -  Bolm, Adolph,--1884-1951--Correspondence
  • -  Bolm, Adolph,--1884-1951--Photographs
  • -  Ballet dancers--Russia
  • -  Ballet dancers--United States
  • -  Choreographers--Russia
  • -  Choreographers--United States
  • -  Dance teachers--United States
  • -  Ballet companies--Russia
  • -  Ballet companies--United States
  • -  Dance schools--United States
  • -  Ballet--Russia
  • -  Ballet--United States
  • -  Ballets russes
  • -  Ballet Intime
  • -  Adolph Bolm Ballet
  • -  Chicago Civic Opera (Chicago, Ill.)
  • -  San Francisco Opera
  • -  Ballet Theatre (New York, N.Y.)
  • -  Pavlova, Anna,--1881-1931
  • -  Carpenter, John Alden,--1876-1951--Correspondence
  • -  Karsavina, Tamara--Photographs
  • -  Ballet programs


  • Artifacts (Object genre)
  • Clippings (Information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Photographic prints
  • Programs (Documents)


  • -  Organized into the following series: I. Photographs, II. Programs, III. Advertisements and Pamphlets, IV. Articles, V. Correspondence, VI. Business Papers, VII. Anna Pavlova Materials, VIII. Writings, IX. Artwork, X. Commemorative Items and Music Scores.
  • -  Materials primarily in English, with a few items in Russian.
  • -  Adolph Bolm (b. Sept. 25, 1884 in St. Petersburg, Russia; d. April 18, 1951 in Hollywood, Calif.) was a ballet dancer, choreographer, ballet master, and dance teacher.
  • -  Gift; Olaf Bolm and Wende Hester; 2002 and 2009.
  • -  Finding aid available in the Library of Congress Performing Arts Reading Room and at
  • -  Adolph Bolm Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.


  • 800 items (9 boxes, 4.5 linear feet)

Call Number/Physical Location

  • ML31 .B65


Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2010563517

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Bolm, Adolph. Adolph Bolm collection. 1895.

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Bolm, A. (1895) Adolph Bolm collection.

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Bolm, Adolph. Adolph Bolm collection. 1895.