Paget-Fredericks, Joseph Rous, 1903-1963. Papers, 1920-60
Joseph Rous Paget-Fredericks, born in 1903, was a descendent of Russian and English noblemen. His mother, Constance Paget-Fredericks, was hostess to many dancers visiting the San Francisco Bay Area and the family was particularly close to Anna Pavlova and Isadora Duncan. He reportably was related to Count Vladimir Borisovitch Fredericks, First Minister of the Imperial Court in St. Petersburg, Russia, but the relationship proved be a hoax. A student of Léon Bakst, his dance drawings and paintings were exhibited in Europe and the United States. He was also an author and owner of an extensive collection of dance memorabilia which included the costumes of Pavlova, Carlotta Grisi, and Marie Taglioni. Paget-Fredericks was a lecturer on dance and related arts at the University of California, Berkeley. He wrote I Shall always Love the West: Impressions of the Incomparable Anna Pavlova during her several Visits to California. His extensive collection of drawings, paintings, and original costumes are housed at the Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley. He died, age 56, on April 21, 1963 in Berkeley, California.