Scope and Contents
These papers of Mary M. Starr contain correspondence, printed matter, photographs, and memorabilia.
The bulk of these papers consists of correspondence and other papers relating to members of the royal family of Greece of whom Mary Starr was a personal friend. The persons represented by the largest amount of correspondence are Prince Nicholas (1872-1938) and his wife, Princess Helen (1896-), and Landgräfin Marguerite of Hesse (-1954). Also included are short writings by Pince Nichola, an annotated copy of his memoirs, My Fifty Years, and photographs of family members, Greek schools and hospitals, and paintings by Prince Nicholas. There is also correspondence with individuals not related to the royal family, much of it dealing with the royal family and Greek affairs, although some of the correspondence seems to be from individuals Mary Starr met in China and Japan. There is, finally, printed matter and memorabilia relating to the British royal family, and a list of parcels sent by Mary Starr to members of the Greek royal family and others over a period of five years.
These papers were given to Yale University by Mary M. Starr between 1941 and 1960.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Mary M. Starr in 1941-1960.
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Language of Materials
Correspondence, printed matter, photographs and memorabilia reflecting the friendship of Mary Geran with members of the Greek royal family and with members of the German nobility. The largest number of letters are from Lilo Scholz, Marguerite, Landgräfin of Hesse, Grand Duchess Helen of Russia and from Sophia, princess of Greece.
Biographical / Historical
Educator; M.A., Yale, 1930; from 1915-1916 taught in Japan; 1919-1922 liaison agent between warring factions of North and South China; ca. 1922 married Harry M. Starr; ca. 1942-1945 provided home for British sailors on leave in the New York area; in 1947 awarded "The King's Medal for Service in the Cause of Freedom,"; taught French in Indiana, 1947; taught in Leesburg, Virginia, 1960.
For a chart outlining the genealogical relations of the Greek Royal family, please consult the Genealogical Chart.
- Frederika, Queen, consort of Paul I, King of the Hellenes, 1917-1981
- Geōrgios, Prince of Greece, 1869-1957
- Greece -- Kings and rulers
- Helen, Princess, consort of Carol II, King of Rumania, b. 1896
- Helena Vladimirova, Grand Duchess of Russia, Princess Nicholas of Greece, 1882-1957
- Marguerite, Princess of Prussia, Landgräfin of Hesse, d. 1954
- Marina, Duchess of Kent, 1906-1968
- Scholz, Lilo
- Sophia, Princess of Greece, Princess Christoph of Hesse, Princess George of Hanover, b. 1914
- Starr, Mary M. Geran
- William, German Emperor, II, 1859-1941
- Preliminary Guide to the Mary M. Geran Starr Papers
- Under Revision
- compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
- March 1983
- Description rules
- Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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