Helena and Elizabeth Mayer Papers,1905-1993.

Collection Number: 4938

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Helena and Elizabeth Mayer papers, 1905-1993.
Collection Number:
4938
Creator:
Helena Mayer, 1908-1994.
Quantity:
1.5 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, photographs, diaries, manuscripts, documents, notes, articles, diplomas and certificates, art work, ephemera, postcards, financial material, family records, and other papers.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Personal papers of the Mayer sisters Helena and Elizabeth include correspondence, photographs, diaries, manuscripts of novels and short stories, and documents pertaining to their status as students, displaced persons, scholars, and naturalized American citizens. Includes academic reading notes, scholarly articles, diplomas and certificates, art work, ephemera (keepsakes, coins), and postcards, financial material, retirement documents, family records, and miscellaneous other papers.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Cornell University Library employees, 1955-1971.
Born Hungary, displaced persons after the Second World War. Both Ph.D.s, Rome.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Personal papers of the Mayer sisters Helena and Elizabeth include correspondence, photographs, diaries, manuscripts of novels and short stories, and documents pertaining to their status as students, displaced persons, scholars, and naturalized American citizens. Includes academic reading notes, scholarly articles, diplomas and certificates, art work, ephemera (keepsakes, coins), and postcards, financial material, retirement documents, family records, and miscellaneous other papers.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Mayer, Helena, 1908-1994.
Mayer, Elizabeth, 1906-1991.

Subjects:
Family--Hungary.
Family--United States.
Political refugees--Personal narratives.
Fiction.
Political refugees--Hungary.

Places:
Hungary--Description and travel.

Form and Genre Terms:
Diaries.
Photographs.
Postcards.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Helena and Elizabeth Mayer papers, #4938. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1
Retirement and general financial documents
1963-1992
Box 1 Folder 2
Library and displaced person identification cards
1931-1947
Box 1 Folder 3
Hungarian citizenship papers, school papers and other family documents
1935-1950
Box 1 Folder 4
E. Mayer, "The Vatican Library," speech
Box 1 Folder 5
Art work by E. Mayer
Box 1 Folder 6
Correspondence, on postcards; largely undated, but before WWII
Box 1 Folder 7
Correspondence, fragments
1955-1967
Box 1 Folder 8
Diary; notes on sightseeing in Rome
June 1939
Box 1 Folder 9
Diary
1947-1964, 1982-1991
Box 1 Folder 10
Diary, "Ithaca: la città dolore"
1956-1975
Box 1 Folder 11
Diary [time of her sister's death]
June-Nov. 1991
Box 1 Folder 12
Diary
June 12, Aug. 21, 1992; Mar. 9, [1993?]
Box 1 Folder 13
Recollections
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 14
Tribute to Mother
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 15
Reading notes on Roman History, genealogy and other books
Box 1 Folder 16
Reading notes
Box 1 Folder 17-18
Manuscript, "Novellen"
Box 1 Folder 19
Manuscript
Box 2 Folder 1
Manuscript, "Aus dem Nebel," 3 parts
Box 2 Folder 2
Manuscript, "Aus dem Nebel, Bk. II, Die Revolution"
Box 2 Folder 3-4
Manuscript
Box 2 Folder 5
Manuscript, "Die Heilige und ihre Gefangenen"
Box 2 Folder 6
Manuscript, "Die vier Ritter," etc.
Box 2 Folder 7
Manuscript
Box 2 Folder 8
Manuscript, "Christmas, 1991," etc.
Box 2 Folder 9
Manuscript fragments
Box 2 Folder 10
Manuscript music, E. Mayer
Box 2 Folder 11
Manuscript recipes, E. Mayer
Box 3 Folder 1
Photographs, Mayer family
1905-1914
Box 3 Folder 2
Photographs, Mayer father and mother
1904-1970
Box 3 Folder 3
Photographs, Mayer sisters
1909-1940
Box 3 Folder 4
Photographs, E. Mayer
1907-1935
Box 3 Folder 5
Photographs, E. Mayer
1937-1953
Box 3 Folder 6
Photographs, H. Mayer
1908-1936
Box 3 Folder 7
Photographs, H. Mayer
1937-1954
Box 3 Folder 8
Photographs, Mayer family, misc.
1931-1968
Box 3 Folder 9
Photographs, Mayer family, Totterer family
n.d.-1934
Box 3 Folder 10
Identification cards and admission tickets
Box 3 Folder 12
Material on Fairview Heights
Box 3
Grade books and published articles, E. Mayer
Box 3
Grade books and published articles, H. Mayer
Box 4
Coins, pens, postcards, photographs and music
Box 5
Oversized diplomas and certificates including Certificates of Naturalization for both sisters