Guide to the Papers of Valrene Tweedie


MS Acc09.027, MS Acc09.051, MS Acc10.025

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Collection Summary

Valrene Tweedie
Papers of Valrene Tweedie
Date Range
1938 - 2008
Collection Number
MS Acc09.027, MS Acc09.051, MS Acc10.025
1.71 metres (7 ms boxes + 1 large folio box + 2 packets)
Language of Materials
Special Collections (Manuscripts)


Conditions Governing Access

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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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Valrene Tweedie, National Library of Australia, [class number, box number and series and/or file number]'.

Finding Aid Source(s)

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Collection Retrieval Advice

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Item Descriptions

Class MS Acc09_027. Original Consignment

Comprises news cuttings, photographs, programs, correspondence, publications, and business, financial and legal papers and writings.

Contained in 7 boxes + 1 folio bx.

Series. Pre De Basil

Clippings photographs ephemera: Polish Australian Ballet; First Australian Ballet; Leon Kellawy (File) - Box 1A (MS Acc09.027)

Series. De Basil

De Basil's Ballets Russes, Australia/Americas: Photos programs, clippings (File) - Folio 1B (MS Acc09.027)
Letters from Valrene Tweedie to her friend Marnie Martin (from USA and Cuba), 1940−1946 (File) - Box 1A (MS Acc09.027)

Series. Sergei Denham's Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo

part 1: photos, Denham Correspondence (File) - Box 1B (MS Acc09.027)
part 2: clippings, programs, copies of Dance News (File) - Box 1B (MS Acc09.027)

Series. Cuba

Clippings, programs, books photos, 1940−1951 (File) - Box 1A (MS Acc09.027)

Series. Scrapbooks

Australia 1940, on board ship 1920, Cuba 1940s (File) - Folio 1 (MS Acc09.027)

Please note: This scrapbook is in a very delicate condition. Many photographs are loose, pages are disintegrating.

De Basil 1941−1942; Pro-Arte (Havana) 1944−1945, 1941-1945 (File) - Folio 1 (MS Acc09.027)
National Theatre, Wakooka, G'Day Digger (File) - Folio 1 (MS Acc09.027)
Australia minimal, 1938−1940 (File) - Folio 1 (MS Acc09.027)

Series. Return to Australia

Photos, clippings, programs, ballet libretti; TV (including G'Day Digger and ABC); Miscellaneous choreographic work; Ballet Concertante; NIDA; Marriage to James Upshaw 15/12/1962 (clippings) (File) - Box 2A (MS Acc09.027)

Series. National Theatre Ballet

Clippings, photos, programs, 1952−1954 (File) - Box 2A (MS Acc09.027)
Can Can: Clippings, photos, programs, script, correspondence, 1955−1956 (File) - Box 2A (MS Acc09.027)
Wakooka: Choreographic notes, photos, clippings, programs, 1957−1960s (File) - Box 2A (MS Acc09.027)

Series. Australian Academy of Ballet

Concert programs 1964−1984; Student's choreographic workshops (1976−1982, incomplete); Scholarships and bursaries (1967−1985, incomplete); Miscellaneous flyers and clippings; Miscellaneous roll books exam results; Summer School 1967 - photographic scrapbook, 1964-1982 (File) - Box 2C (MS Acc09.027)

Series. Books and Manuals

'Best foot forward', Bulletin of the Association of Australian Dancers, December 1957; Royal Academy of Dancing, Major Examination syllabus: Girls' Advanced, 1988; Laurel Martyn, Manual of classical dance theory, 1991; Laurel Martyn, Classical Dance Teaching Programme, 1991; Marilyn Jones et al, Favourite enchainements, ca. 2000?, 1957-2000 (File) - Box 2B (MS Acc09.027)

Series. Living Treasure photographic exhibition

Catalogue, publicity, correspondence, 1993 (File) - Box 3A (MS Acc09.027)

Series. Australian Dance Awards

Clippings, photos, acceptance speech;Program for awards 2001, 1998-2001 (File) - Box 3A (MS Acc09.027)

Series. National Gallery of Australia exhibition - From Russia with Love

Recorded interview with Valrene Tweedie and Anna Volkova (incomplete cassette tape of interview, original unedited transcript, corrected transcript); Catalogue of exhibition, 1999 (File) - Box 3A (MS Acc09.027)

Series. Ballets russes reunion (New Orleans)

Diary, clippings, correspondence, photos, clippings, media pack; Scrapbook of a dancer (by Dorothy Buckridge Nesbitt., 2000 (File) - Box 3 (MS Acc09.027)

Series. Nutcracker - The Australian Ballet

Part 1: Clippings, programs, cast sheets, correspondence and contracts, 1992 -2000 (File) - Box 3A (MS Acc09.027)
Part 2: Photos, chookas cards, 1992 - 2000 (File) - Box 3B (MS Acc09.027)

Series. Requiem - The Australian Ballet

Programs, contracts and pay advice notices, clippings, photos, chookas cards, 2001 (File) - Box 3B (MS Acc09.027)

Series. The Dancer's Newsletter

Incomplete copies from July 1007 to April/May 2006: (The Dancer's Newsletter was published by Jodi Rose.) (File) - Box 3B (MS Acc09.027)

Series. Assorted lectures notes

Ballet history notes for HSC, Notes and correspondence for WEA classes, 1970s, AICD notes for HSC (File) - Box 3B (MS Acc09.027)

Series. Miscellaneous

Biographical articles (printed) (File) - Box 3B (MS Acc09.027)
Dance notebook (File) - Box 3B (MS Acc09.027)
Miscellaneous Ballets Russes photos (File) - Box 1B (MS Acc09.027)
Biographies, CVs, interview material (unpublished) (File) - Box 3B (MS Acc09.027)
Miscellaneous programs Australia, USA, UK, Russia, 1940−2000 (File) - Box 2C (MS Acc09.027)
Miscellaneous personal photos (File) - Box 3B (MS Acc09.027)
Miscellaneous choreographic notes, articles about dance and dancers; miscellaneous Cecchetti items (File) - Box 2B (MS Acc09.027)

Series. Photos of students

Photos of students, unidentified (File) - Box 2B (MS Acc09.027)

Series. New Zealand

New Zealand guest teaching (File) - Box 2B (MS Acc09.027)

Series. Reverence

Reverence - Call sheet, contracts, flyer, 2000 (File) - Box 3B (MS Acc09.027)

Series. Revolutions (Fokine program) - The Australian Ballet

Revolutions (Fokine program) - The Australian Ballet Clippings, photo, 2006 (File) - Box 3B (MS Acc09.027)

Class MS Acc09_051. Consignment Added 2009 - Folder 1 (MS Acc09.051)

Comprises programs for workshops and choreographic competitions run by Ballet Australia. Some are photocopies.

Contained in 1 packet.

Valrene Tweedie: Anna Volkova & Valrene Tweedie, 10/10/1997, National Gallery of Australia, 10/10/1997 (Item NLA.MS-SAV10268) - Cassette-Box 514



Physical Facet

Compact cassette tape

Class MS Acc10_025. Consignment Added 2010 - Piece 1 (MS Acc10.025)

Comprises opy prints of black and white ballet photographs of senior girls, Melbourne, 1941, with identification of dancers by Tweedie; a list of "strikers" in Cuba, 1941, handwritten by Tweedie; the schedule of Australian Ballet rehearsal calls for Friday, 14 February, 1992, Ballet Centre, Melbourne; a copy of handwritten production notes for a new version of The Nutcracker by Graeme Murphy and Kristian Fredrikson; and an ABC inter-office memo on terms of engagement for Miss Valrene Tweedie and Channel Two Dancers, 1962.

Contained in 1 packet.