The Ward M. Canaday Center

for Special Collections

The University of Toledo

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Marie Bollinger Vogt Papers, 1929-2001

MSS-149

Size: 6 linear feet

Provenance: received from Marie Bollinger Vogt

Access: open

Related Collections:  The Marie Bollinger Vogt Rare Book Collection.  This collection, donated by Mrs. Vogt in 1992, is comprised of various books and periodicals on dance from her personal library.  It also includes books written and illustrated by Mrs. Vogt.

Processing Note:  The photographs, which came from albums, were removed from their binders and placed in folders in the order in which they were arranged. The contents of some of the scrapbooks were removed and placed in folders in the order in which they were arranged.  Box 3, folder 23 holds the contents of a magnetic scrapbook from 1972.  The materials were damaged by the glues in the original book and have been preserved as well as possible. Box 15 contains materials that are contaminated with mildew.  These materials must not be mixed with other materials.  All other material is arranged either chronologically or alphabetically when applicable according to series and subseries.

Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

Completed by:  Maria Halovanic, Archival Assistant, Spring 2000 and Marlo A. Kitchen,
2002.

 

Biographical/Historical Sketch

            Born in Toledo, Ohio, Marie Bollinger Vogt's career in the arts began early in her childhood. The older of two daughters of Dr. Herman Bollinger and Fannie Millbaubt Bollinger, Mrs. Vogt credits her mother with instilling in her a love of literature, theater, music, and dance.  Her primary and secondary education at Whittier Elementary and DeVilbiss High School was complemented by lessons in riding, art, composition, reading, writing, and piano, and her greatest love, dance.  "Nobody dreamed I would be so serious about dance,” Mrs. Vogt recalled in a 1991 interview in the Toledo Magazine.  "I think my mother wanted me to be a concert pianist, but dance was what was contagious to me."
            Her first serious dance instructor was Vaslav Nowicki (a resident of Detroit) from the Russian Imperial Ballet School of St. Petersburg.   During the summers, she studied at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet.  Through her studies of classical Greek dance with Nicholas Tsoukalas, classical Spanish dance with Jose Fernandez and Eduardo Cansino and Paco Cansino, and Flamenco with Lola Bravo, Mrs. Vogt gained an appreciation for ethnic dance in general and Spanish dance in particular.  By the time Mrs. Vogt was a freshman in high school, she began teaching dance herself.  "I always had a passion for teaching, imparting whatever knowledge I had for exploring dance," she said.
As a freshman in high school, she taught at the Bach Conservatory and in 1939, produced, choreographed, and starred in the first performance of The Nutcracker in Toledo.
            After graduating from high school she entered the University of Toledo where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi.   She continued to direct, choreograph, and star in various theatrical events.  After graduating in 1945, she was presented by the Toledo Museum of Art in a concert where over 1000 people had to be turned away for lack of seats.   That year Mrs. Vogt began a five year tour in her solo performance of "Dance and Music of Old Spain.”  In 1949, while choreographing the annual Toledo Junior Bar Association's Gridiron Show, she met attorney Theodore Vogt.  In November of that year they married, and Mrs. Vogt continued teaching dance at the Bach Conservatory in downtown Toledo and also conducted children’s classes in ballroom dancing at many public schools.
            In 1958, the Toledo Ballet Association was founded by a group of citizens interested in supporting Mrs. Vogt’s mission of presenting quality dance.  In 1963 The Toledo Ballet Association was incorporated as a non-profit organization.  Also that year Mrs. Vogt founded the Toledo Ballet School at Cricket West on Central Avenue.  In 1982, Mrs. Vogt moved the school and its activities to its present location at the Franklin Park Mall at the invitation of James Rouse, developer of the mall. 
            Mrs. Vogt was the artistic director of the Toledo Ballet for fifty-five years.  She introduced Toledo audiences to ballets such as Coppelia, A Midsummer's Night Dream, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, and Cinderella.  She brought internationally known dancers like Edward Villella, Violette Verdy, Ann Koesun, Ted Shawn, Melissa Haydn, Simon Dow, and John Kriza to dance in featured performances with the Toledo Ballet. Further, she was responsible for other ballet companies giving performances in Toledo.  Among these were the American Ballet Theatre, Agnes DeMille's Heritage Dance Theatre, and the Vaganov Academy of the Kirov Ballet.  And, of course, there is the Nutcracker, which continues to delight Toledo audiences every Christmas season. 
            Of equal importance was her running of and teaching at the Toledo Ballet School.  Over the years, she taught literally thousands of students, instilling in them a love of the dance and an appreciation for the hard work and discipline required to succeed in both dance and life. 
            As a result of her tireless work, Mrs. Vogt has received numerous awards, among them the Arts Commission Award, Zonta International Woman of Achievement Award, the University of Toledo's Gold T Award, and the Women in Communications Achievement Award.
            In 1995, after her final production of The Nutcracker, Marie Vogt stepped down from her position as artistic director of the Toledo Ballet.  She remains founder and artistic director emerita of both the school and the Toledo Ballet Association.  She also serves on the board of directors of the association, and is a trustee of numerous other Toledo cultural arts organizations.  Although she is no longer in charge of the myriad productions of the company she founded, her influence can still be felt through the students she instructs at the Toledo Ballet School.
            Besides being a talented dancer, choreographer and teacher, Mrs. Vogt is also a talented writer, having published three books on dance and her memoir.  She continues to write for the Sylvania Advantage, and illustrates many of her articles that appear in the paper.

 

Scope and Content Note

The materials in this collection have been divided into seven series.  S1. Correspondence, S2. Printed Material, S3. Production Material, S4. Ephemera, S5. Sheet Music, S6. Photographs, and S7. Scrapbooks.

The Correspondence Series is arranged alphabetically, according to the last name of the author.  There is also a miscellaneous folder that contains correspondence that could not be identified.

Printed Material is divided into five subseries:  newspaper clippings, periodicals, programs and tickets, publications, publications written by Marie Vogt, promotional materials, and miscellaneous.  The newspaper clippings are arranged by year from 1942 through 2001.  Unidentified newspaper clippings have been placed in a separate folder labeled "miscellaneous".  Additional newspaper clippings can be found in the Scrapbook Series, and prints of some Toledo Blade photographs used in the newspaper articles can be found in the Photograph Series.

Production Material consists of papers concerning the production of the ballets by the Toledo Ballet Association, including set and costume design, choreography and cast lists from the 1983-1989 Nutcracker.  The Ephemera Series contains art work, awards, and miscellaneous.           

The Sheet Music series contains sheet music used in various productions, including latin dances performed by Mrs. Vogt early in her career.  It also includes music composed by Julia Smith and a song composed by Mrs. Vogt.                                

The Photographs series is one of the largest series in the collection containing candid shots, amateur and professional photographs, head shots, and photographs appearing in the Toledo Blade.  Wherever possible, photographs of identifiable individuals have been given their own folders.  However, because of a lack of information, most of the photographs are arranged generally into company group and productions subseries.  Photographs placed in albums have been removed from the binders and kept in the original order in which they appeared in the album.  Negatives and proofs used for various publications have been included at the end of this series.

The seventh and final series, Scrapbooks, is divided into normal and oversized scrapbooks and arranged chronologically.  Due to the fragility of some of the scrapbooks, the contents of the pages which had become detached during the years have been removed and placed in folders in the order in which they originally appeared.  Some of the contents have been removed because the material the scrapbook was made of had damaged the materials.  The 1972 scrapbook was a magnetic scrapbook and the glue holding the materials on the page had eaten into the materials.  These materials unfortunately show considerable damage.  When viewing the scrapbook series, the researcher should look at both the scrapbook and the removed pages because some of the pages have captions handwritten by Mrs. Vogt.

 

Folder List

Box     Folder             Arrangement

 

 

S1.  Correspondence

1

1

Miscellaneous

 

2

Arvola, Soili

 

3

DeVilbiss High School

 

4

Faulkner, Joanne Johnson

 

5

Fisher, Ruth Page

 

6

Franklin Park Mall

 

7

Furney, Linda

 

8

Goodman, Donna

 

9

Gosline, William

 

10

Griffin, Helen Marie

 

11

Hauman, Carrie

 

12

Hayden, Melissa

 

13

Hollinger, Jane

 

14

Joseph, Shirley

 

15

Koesun, Ruth Ann

 

16

Landis, Bernie

 

17

Magada, Virginia

 

18

Mallery, Polly

 

19

New York City Ballet

 

20

New York World's Fair

 

21

Next Year's News

 

22

Pacific Dance Theater, Inc.

 

23

PiBeta Phi, Toledo Area Alumnae Club

 

24

Polajenko,  Nicholas

 

25

Powers, Heather

 

26

Purdue, John C.

 

27

Roosevelt University, Chicago Musical College

 

28

Schmakel, Helen

 

29

Thomas, Lewis Edward

 

30

Toledo Ballet Association, Inc.

 

31

Toledo Cultural Arts Center

 

32

Tosi, Christa

 

33

University of Toledo

 

34

Verdy, Violette

 

35

Viscount, Bill Martin

 

36

Vogt, Marie

 

37

Werner, Bamby

 

38

Women in Communications, Inc.

 

 

S2:  Printed Material
Newspaper clippings

1

39

Miscellaneous, n.d.

 

40

1942-1947

 

41

1948-1952

 

42

1953-1957

 

43

1958-1962

 

44

1963-1967

 

45

1968-1974

 

46

1975-1980

 

47

1981-1985

 

48

1986-1990

 

49

1991-1995

 

50

1986-2001

 

 

Periodicals

 

51

A Bagful of Ballet

 

52

Good Housekeeping

 

53

Green Room Notes

 

54

Impresario

 

55

Toledo Magazine

 

56

Toledo Women Today

 

57

UT Alumnus

 

58

The Wayfarer

 

59

WGTE/WGLE Guide

 

60

The Wonderful World of Ohio

 

 

Publications

 

61

Ballet Instruction, Lola Menzeli, n.d.

 

62

The History of the Nutcracker, ETA Hoffmann, 1982

 

63

The Sphere of a Woman, n.d.

 

 

Publications by Marie Bollinger Vogt

 

64

The Ballet Book, 3rd Edition, 1973, with preliminary materials

 

65

Businessman's Ballet Book, 1973

 

66

Jill and The Nutcracker Ballet, 1974, with preliminary materials

 

 

Programs and Tickets

 

67

Guest Companies

 

68

The Nutcracker, 1958-1980

 

69

The Nutcracker, 1981-1990

 

70

The Nutcracker, 1991-1996

 

71

Miscellaneous Performances, 1947-1965

 

72

Miscellaneous Performances, 1966-1986

 

73

Miscellaneous Performances, 1987-1991

 

74

Miscellaneous Performances, 1992-1998

 

 

Promotional Materials

 

75

Productions, 1963-1992, n.d.

 

76

Toledo Ballet Association

6

3

Posters

15

1

Posters (mildewed, do not mix with other materials)

 

 

Miscellaneous

1

77

Toledo Ballet Association Member List

 

79

Castanets, 1936

 

80

About Millbaubt Family, Marie Bollinger Vogt's mother's family

 

81

Misc. Printed Material

 

 

S3.  Productions

2

1

The Nutcracker, cast lists

 

2

The Nutcracker, scene design

 

3

Set and Costume Material, 1976-1991, n.d.

 

4

Toledo Ballet Logo

 

5

Choreography

 

 

S4.  Ephemera

 

6

Artwork

 

7

Award Programs

 

8

Miscellaneous

 

 

S5.  Sheet Music
Normal Sized Sheet Music

 

9

The Nutcracker Suite, Tchaikovsky

 

10

Coppelia, Leo Delibes

 

11

Midsummer Night's Dream, F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy

 

12

Ballet Classics, arranged by William McDermott

 

13

Babes in Toyland, Sweethearts, Victor Herbert

 

14

Latin and Spanish Dances

 

15

American Dance Suite, Sonatine in C, Episodic Suite, Julia Smith

 

16

Spanish Vals, Farucca, Raymond H. Sachse

 

17

Blue Mist, Marie Bollinger (Vogt)

 

18

Miscellaneous

 

 

Oversized Sheet Music

8

3

Femmes de Seville

 

 

Jose Torres y Fernandez

 

 

One Morning in May, Julia Smith

 

 

Serenade, Tchaikovsky

 

 

S6.  Photographs

 

19

Personal

 

20

Conductors

 

21

Guest Dancers

 

22

Toledo Ballet School

15

2

Miscellaneous (mildewed, do not mix with other materials)

 

 

Toledo Ballet Company

2

23

Toledo Ballet Company, Individuals, Identified

 

24

Toledo Ballet Company, Individuals, Unidentified

 

25

Toledo Ballet Company, Groups, Identified

 

26

Toledo Ballet Company, Groups, Unidentified

 

27

Ahonen, Leo and Soili Arvola

 

28

Bugert, Jenny

2

29

Carr, Darrah

 

30

Cernovak, Velta

 

31

Cisneros, Evelyn and Randazzo, Anthony

 

32

Cousino, Kim

 

33

Hilty, Laura

 

34

Hyman, Ilana

 

35

Jones, Melissa

 

36

Koesun, Ruth Ann

 

37

Lindsay, Hilary

 

38

Miller, Armon

 

39

O'Brien, Kevin

 

40

Parquette, Kim and Wendy

 

41

Powers, Heather

 

42

Schaub, Sarah

 

43

Sears, Anne Marie

 

44

Sheldon, Gary

 

45

Swykowski, Hilary

 

46

Tosi, Christa

 

47

Vogt, Marie

 

48

Walter, Cheryl

 

48

Wielinsky, Beth

 

 

Productions

3

1

Copellia

 

2

A Midsummer's Night Dream

 

3

The Nutcracker, black and white photographs

 

4

The Nutcracker, color photographs

 

5

Old King Cole

 

6

Les Patineurs

 

7

Toledo Fest

 

8

Miscellaneous

 

 

Albums

 

9

Miscellaneous

 

10

Miscellaneous

 

11

Miscellaneous (1 of 2)

 

12

Miscellaneous (2 of 2)

 

 

Photograph Production

 

13

Proofs

 

14

Negatives

 

 

S6.  Scrapbooks
Normal Size

 

15

1937-1938

 

16

1946-1947

 

17

1958-1968 (1 of 2)

 

18

1958-1968 (2 of 2)

 

 

Oversized

 

19

1963-1964 (1 of 2)

3

20

1963-1964 (2 of 2)

 

21

1964-1965 (1 of 2)

 

22

1964-1965 (2 of 2)

 

23

1972

 

24

1974

4

1

1929-1945

 

2

1929-1945, removed loose-leaf material

5

1

1936-1958

 

2

1936-1958, removed page 25

6

1

1942-1943

 

2

1942-1943, loose materials

7

1

1942-1968

 

2

1942-1968, loose materials

8

1

1947-1972

 

2

1950-1952, loose materials

9

1

1948-1958

 

2

1948-1958, page 1

10

1

1960-1963

11

1

1960-1989

 

2

1960-1989, pages 32 and 33

12

1

1963-1964

13

1

1964-1965

14

1

1963-1985

16

1

Velta Chananok, 1951-1971

 

 

 

Last Updated: 1/3/12