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Alan Howard papers

Identifier: Dance-MS-Howard

Scope and Content of the Collection

Papers comprise ballet memorabilia from Howard’s career; the bulk concerning ballet performances and ballet-related events, much in New York City. Includes a large collection of articles, newspaper clippings, programs and photographs, many announcements, advertising, scheduling brochures and other printed materials. Also, material relating to benefits for fighting AIDS and a collection of items concerning the reunion of the Ballets Russes and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in New Orleans in 2000.


  • Creation: 1924-2002
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1980-2002



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Alan Howard papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Alan Howard papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections at

Biography of Alan Howard

American ballet dancer and teacher.

Alan Howard, born in Chicago in 1930, was a lead dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and a ballet teacher. He trained with Edna McRae in Chicago and joined the Ballet Russe in 1949. He rose to the rank of premier danseur in the company, which he left in 1960. He later danced with the Mia Slavenska Ballet, the New York City Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera Company and at Radio City Music Hall. Howard performed and choreographed with such notables as George Balanchine, Leonide Massine, Jerome Robbins, Agnes DeMille, Bronislava Nijinska and Kyra Nichols.

Howard was professor of dance at the Hannover Hochschule fur Musik und Theatre, in Germany, 1974-1991. He founded the Pacific Ballet Academy in San Francisco, which produced the Pacific Ballet, and choreographed several pieces for the company.

Howard was a popular guest teacher and ballet master at many companies and institutions. He died in Chicago in 2003.


1.2 Linear Feet (3 boxes)


Clippings, photographs, programs, assorted miscellaneous printed material and memorabilia relating to ballet dancers and dance companies.


Papers are organized in the following series:

Series 1: Clippings, undated and 1924-2001
Box 1
Series 2: Photographs, undated, 1925-1997
Box 1
Series 3: Dance Company Printed Material, undated, 1939-2002
Box 2
Series 4: Miscellaneous, 1951-2001
Box 3

Collection Stack Location

3a 48 8


Bequest of Alan Howard, 2003.

Processed by

Virginia Hay Smith, 2008.

Inventory of the Alan Howard papers, 1924-2002, bulk 1980-2002
Virginia Hay Smith
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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Chicago Illinois 60610 United States