Scope and Content
Title: Nicolas, Prince of Romania Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1907-1984
Collection number: 82002
Nicolas, Prince of Romania, 1903-1978
8 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes
((4 linear feet)
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Memoirs, other writings, correspondence, genealogical charts, legal and financial papers, printed matter, and photographs,
relating to the royal family of Romania, the history of the House of Hohenzollern, and Romanian émigré affairs
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Collection open for research.
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[Identification of item], Nicolas, Prince of Romania Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution
Romania--Court and courtiers
Hohenzollern, House of
Romanians in foreign countries
Prince Nicolas was the second son of King Ferdinand and of Queen Maria of Romania, brother of Marie, queen of Yugoslavia,
and of Elizabeth, queen of Greece.
He was born on August 18, 1903 and studied in the English Navy School of Malta. After 1927, during the minority of his nephew,
the future King Michael I, he served as Romanian Regent (together with the Patriarch Miron Cristea and the president of the
Court of Cassation, Gh. Buzdugan).
In 1930 he was instrumental in bringing back his elder brother Carol, who had gone into voluntary exile in 1925, and helped
to proclaim him king. However, he was exiled in 1937 for political opposition to the dictatorship of the new monarch. Except
for his mother's funeral in 1938, he never went back to Romania.
During his exile, in Italy, Switzerland, and Spain, Prince Nicolas was politically active. He founded the Romanian Center
for Research (Centre Roumain de Recherches) in France, patronized by the French Academy, as well as the Romanian Cultural
Foundation: Princess Ioana (Fundatia Culturala Romana: Printesa Ioana) in Germany. He participated in numerous meetings of
Romanian émigrés from all over Europe, gave speeches at Romanian cultural events, and addressed radio broadcasts to Romanians
from Romania and abroad. He also started two Romanian publications in Madrid.
He married Joana Doletti in 1963 and, following her death, Thereza Figueira de Mello. Prince Nicolas died in 1978.
Scope and Content
This collection consists mainly of Prince Nicolas's memoirs and his writings on political, social, religious, educational,
and economic conditions in Romania. Also of special interest are the materials related to the Romanian émigré associations
and to the Hohenzollern dynasty, found in the subject file.