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George Verdak papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7890

Scope and Contents

The George Verdak papers includes personal papers of George Verdak, dance programs from concerts he was in and attended, news clippings about him and other dancers, pictures from his career, and other materials covering the years 1950-1990.


  • approximately 1950-1990


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from George Verdak papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

George Verdak (1923-1993) was a ballet dancer who became director of the Butler Ballet.

George Verdak was born in Chicago, where he attended the Art Institute. He then chose dance as a career and joined the Chicago Ballet Repertory Company, where he performed original works by Massine and Nijinska. After a period in Hollywood films, Verdak joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and remained with the company until 1952. After a stint of private teaching and work with the Minneapolis Symphony under Antal Dorati, he went to Butler University, where as artistic director of the Butler Ballet, he staged the first American performances of Offenbach's Le Papillion, Adam's Le Diable a Quatre and La Jolie Fille du Gand.


29 cartons (29 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The original order of the collection has been retained.

Custodial History

Purchased from Norman Crider in 2002.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Norman Crider; 2002.


The history of ballet or other dance genres, (section IV.a.ii Music Special Collections Development Policy September 2010).

Processing Information

Processed; Sara Stout; 2011.

Register of George Verdak papers
Sara Stout
2011 June 20
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States