Special Collections and Archives

Glee Wilson Queen Marie of Romania collection

Finding Aid for the Glee Wilson Queen Marie of Romania collection

Author: Edith Serkownek, January, 2008

Descriptive Rules: DACS


Origination: Wilson, Glee


Inclusive Dates: 1926-2002

Bulk Dates: bulk 1926-circa 1938


Extent: .25 cubic feet (1 oversized flat box)

Physical Location: 11th floor

Language of Materials: English and Romanian


Abstract: This collection was created by KSU professor Glee Wilson and contains material relating to Queen Marie of Romania (1875-1938) and her family, including Queen Marie's travels to America in 1926. It also contains material relating to a play called Mad Forest, A Play from Romania, produced at Case Western Reserve University in 2002.


Biography or History: This material was collected and donated by KSU professor, Glee Wilson. Professor Wilson taught History at KSU and in the 1974 became coordinator of KSU's Romanian Studies Program. In this capacity he worked with donors and collected materials relating to Romanian history and literature in general, and specifically to Queen Marie of Romania and her family.


Scope and Content: Part of the Glee Wilson Queen Maria of Romania collection includes items such as newspaper clippings, a scrapbook and stationary, documenting Queen Marie and the Romanian royal family in the 1920s and 1930s. Other material in the collection, including a script, poster, playbills and newspaper clippings document a a 2002 production of the play, Mad Forest, A Play from Romania, at Case Western Reserve University.


Statement of Arrangement: This collection is divided into two parts, material related to Queen Marie of Romania and her family and material related to a production of Mad Forest, A Play from Romania. Material is organized in folders chronologically.


Preferred Citation: Glee Wilson Queen Marie of Romania collection. Department of Special Collections and Archives. Kent State University Libraries and Media Services.

Separated Material: Please note that books from this donation have been catalogued in KentLINK.

Related Material: Further published information concerning Queen Marie of Romania can be found in KentLINK and also in the Queen Marie of Romania papers.

In 1926 Queen Marie visited America and Canada. A special page has been created to provide a chronology of her trip, some photographs and a map of her scheduled route. The information for this chronology was taken from On Tour With Queen Marie by Constance Lily Morris, who traveled with the Queen. All of the photographs are from the collection.

One of the Queen Marie photo albums has been converted to digital images as a means of preserving the fragile pages. It is available for viewing. The individual pages of the scrapbook were scanned in their entirety to preserve the placement of the photos on the page and the Queen's own handwriting as she identified the photos.


Acquisition Information: This material was collected KSU professor, Glee Wilson. He donated the material to KSU's Special Collections and Archives in 2004.

Custodial History: Although collected by Professor Wilson, at least some of this material appears to have originally been created or compiled by other individuals.


Box 1

Folder -- Contents

Material relating to Queen Marie of Romania and her family, including material relating to her trip to America in 1926.

  1. Newspaper clipping: "Queen Starts on Trip to Steel Mills," Chicago American front page: November 15, 1926
  2. Newspaper clipping: "Chicago Entertains a Queen," Chicago Sunday Tribune picture section: November 21, 1926
  3. Newspaper supplement: Libertatea, Souvenir calendar and articles commemorating Queen Marie's trip to America: 1927 (Romanian)
  4. Scrapbook: Scrapbook of newspaper clippings regarding Queen Marie, loose clippings at back: 1926 to circa 1938 Research Note: Very Fragile, Handle with Care
  5. Stationary: Asociatiunea Doamnelor Romane "Principesa Elana," Indiana, U.S.A. , blank (Princess Helen, wife of King Carol II (?)): Stationary records the organization was founded May 16, 1928 (Romanian)
  6. Photograph: Woman, captioned, "Mrs. Ana Rosca (as well as man of the ladies during that period) enjoyed wearing the latest fashions": 1920s
  7. Photograph: Unidentified group of 4 men in top hats: Undated

Material relating to the play, Mad Forest, A Play from Romania.

  1. Script: Mad Forest, A Play from Romania by Caryl Churchill: Copyright 1990, 1991 and 1992
  2. Newspaper clipping: "Quick pace and touching story makes Mad Forest a hit," The Observer: October 18, 2002
  3. Playbills (2): Mad Forest, A Play from Romania, Case Western Reserve University Department of Theater Arts: October 11-20, 2002
  4. Poster: Mad Forest, Case Western Reserve University Department of Theater Arts: October 11-20, 2002