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  • Title: Mother Alexandra papers
    Date (inclusive): 1883-1990
    Collection Number: 78054
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 4 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box, 6 phonotape cassettes (2.5 linear feet)
    Abstract: Writings, correspondence, clippings, and photographs, relating to the Romanian royal family and to the Romanian Orthodox Church in the United States. Includes photocopies of correspondence of Queen Marie of Romania.
    Language of the Materials : In English, French, and Romanian.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Alexandra, Mother, 1908-


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Mother Alexandra papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1978.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at  https://searchworks.stanford.edu  . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Mother Alexandra was born in 1909 as Princess Ileana of Romania, the youngest daughter of King Ferdinand I and Queen Marie. Ileana married Archduke Anton of Austria and lived in Sonnberg, Austria. She gave birth to six children, whom she moved in 1944 to Romania. She founded a hospital there in memory of her mother, Queen Marie and worked with the war-wounded and the surrounding population until 1948, when the Romanian royal family left the country for exile.
    In 1961, Mother Alexandra entered her novitiate at the Monastery of the Veil in Bussy-en-Othe, France. She took orders in 1967 and was sent to the United States to found an all English-speaking monastery open to women of all ethnicities. Mother Alexandra became the first abbess of the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Mother Alexandra papers consists of writings, correspondence, clippings, sound recordings, and photographs, relating to the Romanian royal family and to the Romanian Orthodox Church in the United States. Includes photocopies of correspondence of Queen Marie of Romania and of the correspondence and memoir of Prince Nicholas of Romania. The Writings series documents lectures and articles given by Princess Ileana of Romania, as well as her work translating poems after taking orders as Mother Alexandra. The Correspondence series document Mother Alexandra's role as abbess, in addition to her travels as Princess Ileana and relationships with European royalty, particularly the British royal family. The scrapbooks and general file record Princess Ileana's travels in the early 1900s with her mother, Queen Marie. The bulk of the photographic file dates from Mother Alexandra's life and travels before taking orders. It includes formal portraits, landscapes and architectural prints, photographic postcards, and art reproductions.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Biserica Ortodoxa Româna--United States.
    Marie, Queen, consort of Ferdinand I, King of Romania, 1875-1938.
    Romania--Court and courtiers.
    Romanians--United States.