Guide to the Papers of Dorothy Stevenson


MS 3976 and MS Acc10.029

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Collection Summary

Dorothy Stevenson
Papers of Dorothy Stevenson
Date Range
Collection Number
MS 3976 and MS Acc10.029
0.36 metres (2 boxes + 2 folders)
Language of Materials
National Library of Australia


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Conditions Governing Use

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Dorothy Stevenson, National Library of Australia, [class number, box number and series and/or file number]'.

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Item Descriptions

Class MS 3976. Original Consignment

Comprises a typescript photocopy of Stevenson's unpublished memoir titled "The Borovansky story: Dorothy Stevenson's account". This contains her experiences with the Borovansky Ballet from its beginnings in the late 1930s until 1952. Also included are two black and white photographs: a portrait of Edouard Borovansky and a group photo.

Contained in two folders.

Class MS Acc10.029. Consignment Added 2010

Comprises Stevenson's choreographic notebook for Chiaroscuro, programmes, souvenir volumes, news clippings, and notes on various Australian performances of the Ballets Russes and Borovansky Ballet, and minutes and notes from the Melbourne Ballet Club and Society of Ballet and Recorded Music. There are also black and white photographs including production photographs of Giselle and Les Sylphides, hand drawn sketches of dancers, autographed portraits and programmes of youth ballet recitals.

Contained in 2 boxes.

Notebook: Dorothy Stevenson - Chiaroscuro - sketchbook containing choreographic notes, 1951? (File) - Box 1

Packet containing black and white dance photographs, including some by Jean Stewart and Hugh P. Hall; handwritten notes on Borovansky tours to Australia (taken during interviews? in 1977) and news clipping from The Sun on opening night of Giselle (1944), 1944-1977 (File) - Box 1

Typewritten notes: Society of Ballet and Recorded Music - programme of chamber ballet, minutes of general meetings (Aug 1941); Melbourne Ballet Club - programme for 4-5 July 1942, circular on Borovansky company's season; contract between JC Williamson and Dorothy Stevenson Rumsey, 1950; lists of dancers and musicians - possibly from 1940s Borovansky tours, 1941-1950 (File) - Box 1

Programme (illustrated): Souvenir - Col. W de Basil's Ballet - Australia-New Zealand, 1939-1940 (File) - Box 1

Handwritten notes - memoirs? (File) - Box 1

Australian Aboriginal Songs - melodies, rhythm and words truly and authentially Aboriginal - collected and translated by Dr H.O. Lethbridge, accompaniments arranged by Arthur S. Loam - Allan Co., Melbourne, 1937 (File) - Box 1

News clippings on Borovansky tours, 1940s-1950s (File) - Box 1

Programme: Borovansky Australian Ballet - His Majesty's, 1943 (File) - Box 1

Programme: Borovansky Ballet of 40 - His Majesty's Theatre - Brisbane, 1944 (File) - Box 1

Programme: Borovansky Australian Ballet - Theatre Royal - Adelaide, 1944 (File) - Box 1

Programme: Borovansky Ballet - Sydney, 1945-1946 (File) - Box 1

Programme: Borovansky Australian Ballet - Comedy Theatre, 1943 (File) - Box 1

Programme: Borovansky Australian Ballet - Princess Theatre, 1942 (File) - Box 1

Programme: Ensemble de Ballet - Winter Garden Pavilsion (autographed), 1953 (File) - Box 1

Programme: Royal Adelphi Theatre - Eric Maschwitz presents Balalaika (File) - Box 1

Programme: Ruislip Parish Hall - A matinee by pupils of the Pruzina-Kirkwhite Studio of the Dance, 1936 (File) - Box 1

Programme: Miss Peggy Chauncy presents her pupils - All Saints' Hall, Ann Street, Brisbane, 1932 (File) - Box 1

Loose black and white photographs - dance, 1940s? (File) - Box 1

Large black and white photograph: 'Pepita' by James H Young, 1945 (File) - Box 1

Programme: Covent Garden Russian Ballet Company - Royal Opera House Covent Garden, 1939 (File) - Box 1

Large black and white photograph - dancer in costume - Dorothy Stevenson??, 1940s-1950s (File) - Box 1

Copy of coloured sketches of solo dancer, signed 'To Dorothy, best of luck, Brian Smith 23.7.57', 1957 (File) - Box 1

Dancer in costume (Stevenson?) - black and white photographs embossed with 'Raymond G. Sawyer, Sydney', 1950s (File) - Box 1

Programme: Jubilee Sesaon - Royal Opera House Covent Garden - Col. W. de Bail's Ballets Russes, 1940? (File) - Box 1

Loose, unidentified black and white photographs (dance), 1940s-1950s (File) - Box 1

Autographed black and white photographic portraits of Tamara Toumanova (File) - Box 1

Programme: Australian Ballet - international tour, 1965 (File) - Box 2

Programme: Australian Ballet - Her Majesty's Theatre (File) - Box 2

Programme: Australian Ballet 1976 Season, 1976 (File) - Box 2

Programme: Borovansky Ballet (illustration on cover from an original painting by William Dargie), 1957 (File) - Box 2

Programme: Empire Theatre - Margot Fonteyn - Borovansky Ballet, 1957 (File) - Box 2

Programme: Borovansky Ballet - His Majesty's Theatre, Brisbane, 1956 (File) - Box 2

Programme: Borovansky Ballet - Theatre Royal, 1947 (File) - Box 2

Programme: J.C. Williamson's Magazine Programme, 1946 (File) - Box 2

Programme: Gay Rosalinda - Tara Barry, Max Oldaker and Brilliant Company with the Borovansky Ballet, 1947 (File) - Box 2

Programme: Borovansky Jubilee Ballet, 1951 (File) - Box 2

Programme: Borovansky Australian Ballet, 1954-55 (File) - Box 2

Programme: Borovansky Ballet, 1956 (File) - Box 2

Programme: Borovansky Ballet, 1955-56 (File) - Box 2

Giselle and Les Sylphides - including album of studies by Steele, Auckland, with cast list and introductory remarks; loose black and white photographs, 1940s-1950s (File) - Box 2