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Papers of Dame Peggy van Praagh, 1912-1986 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2607673
Format ManuscriptManuscript, OnlineOnline
Van Praagh, Peggy, 1910-1990
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Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1912-1986] 
7.0 m. (22 boxes) + 9 fol. boxes + 1 binder. 

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The papers in MS 7223 provide a record of Peggy van Praagh's long and distinguished career as a dancer, teacher, producer and director of ballet. They include personal and business correspondence, diaries, newscuttings, photographs, first night messages, theatre programs, greeting cards, postcards, journal articles, reports and other memorabilia. Personal correspondents include friends such as John (Jay) Sweet and there are also many messages of congratulations from admirers and fans. Business correspondents include J.C. Williamson and the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust. The collection includes a copy of Gala performance, edited by Arnold Haskell, Mark Bonham Carter and Michael Wood, with a foreword by H.R.H. The Princess Margaret (London: Collins, 1955). This 248 page "Record of the Sadler's Wells Ballet over twenty-five years" (cover title) is signed by Princess Margaret, and by members of the Ballet (22 boxes, 9 fol. boxes).

The Acc06.092 instalment comprises letters from C.W. Beaumont and Marie Rambert, and programs and press clippings relating to van Praagh's career and various ballet companies (1 binder).


Dame Margaret (Peggy) van Praagh achieved prominence as a dancer, ballet teacher and director. She was born in London in 1910. She pursued a career of dance and joined the Ballet Club (later known as Ballet Rambert) in 1933 before moving to the Sadler's Wells Ballet, 1941-1945. In 1959, she was invited to Australia to direct the Borovansky Ballet. The Australian Ballet was formed in 1962 and van Praagh was artistic director from 1972-1974.


Manuscript reference no.: MS 7223, MS Acc06.092.

Associated materials: Letters of Dame Peggy van Praagh, 1968-1985 MS 10049.

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Related Material Dame Peggy van Praagh collection; Located at; National Library of Australia Pictures collection PIC/3132/1-193 LOC Box PIC/3132.  Peggy van Praagh interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 1/681. 
Cited In

Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia, E770.

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available in the Special Collections Reading Room and online. 
Subjects Van Praagh, Peggy, 1910-1990 -- Archives.  |  Sadler's Wells Ballet -- Employees -- Archives.  |  Australian Ballet -- Officials and employees -- Archives.  |  Ballet dancers -- England -- Archives.  |  Ballet dancers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Theatrical producers and directors -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Women theatrical producers and directors -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Ballet -- Australia.  |  Dance companies -- Australia.  |  Dance -- Study and teaching -- Australia.
Time Coverage 1912-1986 
Occupation Ballet dancers.  |  Dance teachers.  |  Artistic directors.
Other authors/contributors J.C. Williamson (Firm)  |  Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust
Terms of Use Copying of Peggy van Praagh's copyright material permitted for research purposes. 

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