Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 22 Nov 2010
|31 Aug 2021||process complete (RMH)|
Overview of the Collection
|Title:||George Volodine Papers|
|Quantity:||9 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Correspondence, prints, and memorabilia (photographs, scrapbooks, theatre programs, etc.) pertaining to the Russian-American dancer and ballet master.|
|Language:||Majority in English, a few items in Russian, Italian, and German|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
George Volodine (d. 1982) was a Russian-American ballet dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher.
Volodine began his career with a ballet troupe in Germany, then moved on to New York where he became the maître-de-ballet of the Metropolitan Opera Association. During his time as a dancer, Volodine created long lasting friendships with fellow dancers, including George Balanchine, Maria Tallchief, Tanaquil LeClercq, and others. After his time as maître-de-ballet he moved to Westport, Connecticut and opened the George Volodine School of Ballet. Here, he taught a multitude of ballet dancers including Marsha Ismailoff Mark and Patricia H. (Lee) Zeitlin.
The George Volodine Papers includes correspondence-subject files, engravings, George Volodine School of Ballet, photographs, printed material, scrapbooks, and writings by others.
Correspondence-subject files contain personal correspondence from Volodine's friends, such as George Balanchine and his wives Maria (Tallchief) and Tanaquil (Le Clerq), Leon Kelly, and Michael Mordkin. There is a miscellaneous folder of Russian letters, mainly handwritten, from unknown individuals.
Engravings consists of two booklets with engravings of various scenes for the Kaiserliches und Königliches Hoftheater zu Wien (Imperial and Royal Court Theatre of Vienna).
George Volodine School of Ballet contains material relating to Volodine's ballet school in Westport, Connecticut. Volodine kept many photographs and newspaper clippings about his school and students; the material in this series includes correspondence, photographs, printed material, and scrapbooks.
Photographs includes personal and professional photos of Volodine, candid and professional photos of fellow dancers and friends (many of which are signed), and a large number of candid photos of soldiers and civilians during the Spanish Civil War. Within Volodine's personal photographs are images from his birthday party in 1968, three photo albums, and two photos of Mourka the dancing cat portrayed as performing in ballet productions.
Printed material relates to colleagues such as George Balanchine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolf Nureyev, and Maria Tallchief, and dance companies such as Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Ballet Folklorico, and New York City Ballet. Formats include magazine and newspaper clippings as well as souvenir programs for single performances and entire seasons. There are also issues of a number of dance-related publications such as Dance Index and Dance Magazine and some miscellaneous items.
Miscellaneous material consists of two scrapbooks and a few pieces of writing by others. One of the scrapbooks is of dancers and dance companies; the other contains newspaper clippings from the end of the first World War, gathered by an unidentified individual living in Los Angeles, California. The writings by others, all typescripts, include essays about Volodine by Leon Kelly and Jacques de Wolfe.
Arranged alphabetically by topic, title, or type, then chronologically.
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Braggiotti, Francesca, 1902-1998.
Kelly, Leon, 1901-1982.
Le Clercq, Tanaquil.
Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993.
Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971.
Tchelitchew, Pavel, 1898-1957.
American Ballet Theatre.
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.
Ballet Theatre (New York, N.Y.)
Bolshoi Ballet Company.
Mordkin Ballet Company.
New York City Ballet.
Opéra de Paris.
Sadler's Wells Ballet.
School of American Ballet.
Ballet dancers -- Soviet Union.
Ballet dancers -- United States.
World War, 1914-1918.
Spain -- History -- Civil War, 1936-1939.
Genres and Forms
Clippings (information artifacts)
Manuscripts for publication.
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
George Volodine Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Unspecified, 1967 and 1982.
George Volodine School of Ballet
|Box 1||Balanchine, George 1937-1938, 1954|
|Box 1||Balanchine, Maria (Tallchief) 1950|
|Box 1||Balanchine, Tanaquil (Le Clerq) 1967-1968|
|Box 1||Fairfield University 1966-1967|
|Box 1||Hugo Gallery 1950|
|Box 1||Kelly, Leon 1950-1951, 1967|
|Box 1||Lodge, John Davis, Mrs. (Francesca Braggiotti) 1952-1955, 1961, 1971-1973 (2 folders)|
|Box 1||Mark, Marsha Ismailoff 1973-1975|
|Box 1||Mordkin, Michael Jr. 1947|
|Box 1||Petchkovsky, Michael 1964|
|Box 1||Syracuse University 1967, 1970-1971, 1982|
|Box 1||de Wolfe, Jacques 1962|
|Box 1||Miscellaneous, English 1945, 1948, 1952-1956, 1971, 1978|
|Box 1||Miscellaneous, Russian 1910, 1940, 1946-1947, 1978|
|Oversize 2||Theater-Vorhang von Carl Rahl|
|Oversize 2||Orpheus-fabel von Eduard Engerth|
|George Volodine School of Ballet|
|Box 1||Building permit court case 1947-1949|
|Box 1||Financial payments 1947-1953, 1959|
|Box 1||Long Lots Junior High School 1956, 1959|
|Box 1||The Waterburg Women's Club, Inc. 1958|
|Oversize 3||Photograph album|
|Box 1||Students (3 folders)|
|Box 2||Clippings 1942-1954, 1959, 1963-1965, 1971 (2 folders)|
|Box 2||Programs 1944-1949, 1950-1953, 1956, 1959, undated (3 folders)|
|Box 2||Silver celebration party 1963|
|Oversize 4||Scrapbook [unbound]|
|Box 2||Artwork reproductions|
|Box 2||Personal 27 Apr 1968 - birthday party|
|Box 2||Personal 1972 - Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Box 2||Personal 1916-1918, 1936, 1947, 1959, 1962-1968, 1973-1975 - miscellaneous candid photos (3 folders)|
|Oversize 1||Personal - miscellaneous candid photos|
|Box 2||Personal - negatives|
|Oversize 3||Personal photo album|
|Oversize 5||Personal photo album|
|RESTRICTED: Album is fragile. Excercise care in handling.|
|Oversize 8||Personal photo album|
|Box 2||Professional 1917-1918, 1923, 1937, 1946|
|Box 2||Candids 1952, 1962|
|Box 3||Professional 1925-1926, 1929-1931, 1934-1936, 1943-1944, 1950 (2 folders)|
|Oversize 1||Professional 1937|
|Box 3||Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 - street scenes, soldiers, civilians (6 folders)|
|Oversize 1||Spanish Civil War 1939|
|Individuals - clippings, mostly from newspapers|
|Box 3||Balanchine, George 1943-1944, 1954-1976 - includes 2 folders of material rehoused from scrapbook and left in original order (4 folders)|
|Box 4||Baryshnikov, Mikhail 1974, 1977|
|Box 4||Le Clercq, Tanaquil 1969|
|Box 4||Lodge, John Davis, Mrs. (Francesca Braggiotti) 1961-1964|
|Box 4||Nureyev, Rudolf 1965, 1970, 1974|
|Box 4||Stravinsky, Igor 1929, 1954, 1962, 1971-1972|
|Box 4||Tallchief, Maria 1951, 1954, 1963-1965|
|Box 4||Tchelitchew, Pavel 1945, 1952, 1964, 1967|
|Box 4||Volodine, George 1934, 1947-1952, 1962, 1966, 1973-1975|
|Box 4||Miscellaneous - mostly (but not all) dancers|
|Companies - programs and clippings|
|Box 4||American Ballet Theatre 1941, 1962-1963 - programs|
|Box 4||Azuma Kabuki 1954 or 1955 - program|
|Box 4||Ballet Caravan undated - program|
|Box 4||Ballet Folklorico - program|
|Box 4||Ballet de Paris (Roland Petit) 1948 - program|
|Box 4||Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo 1936-1947 - programs (7 folders)|
|Box 5||Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo 1950-1951, 1954, undated - programs (3 folders)|
|Box 5||The Ballet Theatre 1942-1945, 1950-1951 - programs (3 folders)|
|Box 5||The Bolshoi Ballet 1959, 1962-1963, 1966, undated - programs (3 folders)|
|Box 5||Fokine Ballet 1927, undated - programs|
|Box 5||Georgian State Dance Company 1960 or 1961 - programs|
|Box 5||Gran Ballet del Marques de Cuevas 1956 - programs|
|Box 5||Leningrad-Kirov Ballet 1965-1966 - programs|
|Box 5||Moiseyev Dance Company 1958, 1961 - programs|
|Box 5||The Mordkin Ballet 1937-1939, undated - programs|
|Box 6||New York City Ballet 1948, 1950-1951, 1956, 1965-1967, 1975, undated - programs (3 folders)|
|Box 6||New York City Ballet 1950, 1960-1961 - clippings|
|Oversize 1||New York City Ballet 1965|
|Box 6||L'Opera de Paris 1948, 1951-1952 - programs (2 folders)|
|Box 6||The Royal Ballet 1949, 1953, 1960, 1967 - programs (2 folders)|
|Box 6||The Royal Ballet 1965, 1975 - clippings|
|Box 6||Sadler's Wells 1947-1948|
|Box 6||School of American Ballet 1944-1947, 1954, 1959 - programs|
|Box 6||Miscellaneous - programs, clippings|
|Box 7||Center 1954 (3 folders)|
|Box 7||Center 1955-1956 (3 folders)|
|Box 7||Dance Index 1946-1949 (2 folders)|
|Box 7||Dance Magazine 1945, 1950, 1957, 1960-1962. 1964 (7 folders)|
|Box 7||Dance in the Spotlight 1964|
|Box 7||Photography Jun 1954|
|Box 8||Playbill 1960-1961|
|Box 8||View 1942-1943, 1946|
|Box 8||Flooding in Fairfield County, Connecticut 1955|
|Box 8||Miscellaneous 1935, 1948-1949, 1955-1957, 1960-1961, 1964-1971, 1975, 1977, undated (2 folders)|
|Box 8||A-F (2 folders)|
|Box 8||Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts|
|Box 8||M-V (2 folders)|
|Box 8||Westport Country Playhouse|
|Box 8||Miscellaneous items - book on Romanian folk art, issue of South African Archaeological Bulletin, small book of adages or proverbs, exhibit catalog of Venetian festival items at Ca'Rezzonico (1937), sales catalog from record company, etc. (2 folders)|
|Oversize 7||Scrapbook - various ballet individuals and dance companies|
|Oversize 6||"War Book" 1917-1918 - scrapbook of clippings from Los Angeles newspapers, about the end of World War I|
|Box 8||Writings by others|