John Petri papers
Scope and Content of the Collection
Choreographic notes, clippings, photographs, programs, and other materials documenting the career of ballet and Hungarian dancer John Petri (1892-1963). Includes materials regarding his career as a dancer with the Pavley-Oukrainsky Ballet in Chicago, which toured with the Civic Opera Company and the San Carlo Opera Company in the 1920s and 1930s. Also includes programs and photographs as well as lesson plans for the John Petri Ballet school and studio, which he established on the North Side of Chicago in around the late 1920s. Photographs are of dancers as well as opera stars of the 1920s-1940s, and many are autographed.
- Creation: 1916-1975
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1920-1963
- Petri, John, 1892-1963 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
The John Petri papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).
Ownership and Literary Rights
The John Petri 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 email@example.com.
Biography of John Petri
Hungarian American ballet and character dancer and teacher.
John Petri was born in Hungary in 1892. His early dance training took place kin Budapest, where he also started his own company. He immigrated to the United States in 1912 and toured as a soloist with the Pavley-Oukrainsky Ballet. Petri also danced with the San Carlos Opera Company, Chicago Grand Opera Company, and Chicago Civic Opera Company. In Chicago, Petri founded the John Petri dancing school and ballet company and also directed the First Chicago Hungarian Young People’s Club dance program. He retired from teaching in 1960. Petri lived with partner Paul Fred Behm (1894-1976) and died in Chicago in October 1963.
3.7 Linear Feet (4 boxes and 1 oversize box)
Language of Materials
Choreographic notes, clippings, photographs, programs, and other materials documenting the career of ballet and Hungarian dancer John Petri (1892-1963).
Materials are arranged by type.
Collection Stack Location
3a 48 11
Gift, Kathy Barnes, 2021.
Leslie Osterberg, 2022.
- John Petri papers, 1916-1975, bulk 1920-1963
- Catherine Grandgeorge
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