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Anna Pavlova papers

Identifier: PA015

Scope and Content Note

The papers include booklets, advertisements, clippings, photos and one poster documenting two years in the career of the prima ballerina, Anna Pavlova (Pavlowa).


  • 1914-1915


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Restrictions on Access

The collection is open and available for use by researchers at the Andersen Library Reading Room.

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Biographical Note

Anna Pavlova was born in St Petersburg on January 31, 1881. She enrolled at the Imperial Ballet School at the age of ten. She debuted on September 19, 1899 at the Mariinsky Theatre and by 1906 she had become the Mariinsky's principal ballerina. In 1907, Ms. Pavlova made her first foreign tour and in 1908 she joined Ballets Russes. She first appeared at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1910. In 1912, she purchased Ivy House in Hampstead, England, where she established her own school of dance. Her last appearance in St. Petersburg was in 1913 and she never again returned home to Russia after Germany declared war in 1914. Her life was spent touring the world with her own company. Her last world tour was in 1928-1929 and her last performance in England was in 1930. Anna Pavlova died on January 23, 1931.


0.25 Cubic Feet


Collection contains papers documenting the career of the prima ballerina, Anna Pavlova.

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Additional Finding Aid

An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available. Please contact the Performing Arts Archives for details.

  • Ballet Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Anna Pavlova papers
Karen Spilman
February 2005
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