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Plisetskaya (Maya) Papers, 1956-1990

- Scope and Content Note

Scope and Content Note


The Maya Plisetskaya papers span the years 1956-1990 and consist of correspondence, clippings, photographs, slides and negatives.

Alice Vrbsky, a fan of Maya Plisteskaya, created the collection. Vrbsky made scrapbooks of Plisetskaya's career. The correspondence is from Plisetskaya to Vrbsky and is all in Russian as Plisetskaya did not learn English. The clippings are mostly from North American publications, although there are foreign language clippings also included. There are equal amounts of publicity photographs and candid shots of both ballet productions and Plisetskaya playing the part of a tourist. Vrbsky also took the slides and negatives.

The collection is important in its documentation of the Cold War era career of Maya Plisetskaya, who danced in several tours with the Bolshoi Ballet. The collection does not have any personal anecdotes from either Vrbsky or Plisetskaya.


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