Inventory of the Prinzessin Stephanie Juliana zu Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst papers

Finding aid prepared by Beaudry Allen
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
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Title: Prinzessin Stephanie Juliana zu Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst papers
Collection Number: 77020
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Physical Description: 7 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes (3.6 linear feet)
Date (inclusive): 1914-1973
Date (bulk): 1938-1972
Abstract: Correspondence, writings, memoranda, telegrams, news clippings, manuscripts, and printed matter relating to Anglo-German relations in the 1930s, political developments in Hungary, and detailing the personal and literary activities of Princess Stephanie from 1914 to 1972.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of the Materials: In English, German, and French
Creator: Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst, Stephanie Juliana, Prinzessin zu, 1896-1972.


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Prinzessin Stephanie Juliana zu Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1977.


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Biography/Organization History

Biographical Note

1891 Born in Vienna, Austria
1914 Married Prince Friedrich Franz von Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst
1917-1918 Served as a volunteer nurse in World War I
1920 Divorced Prince Friedrich
1927 Met Harold Sidney Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere, and became his emissary and confidant
1933 Acted as an liasion between Adolf Hitler and Lord Rothermere. European Press accuse Princess Stephanie of espionage
1937 Hitler distanced himself from the Princess
1938 Emigrated to London and sued Lord Rothermere for breach of contract
1940-1941 Moved to the United States and arrested by Immigration and Naturalization Services
1959-1972 Returned to Europe and became a literary consultant for various magazine publications
1972 Died in Geneva, Switzerland

Scope and Content of Collection

The Prinzessin Stephanie Juliana zu Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst papers document her participation in foreign relations, her legal proceedings against Lord Rothermere, and literary endeavors. Princess Stephanie was recognized as an emissary and rumored to be a spy between Lord Rothermere and Adolf Hitler prior to World War II; in which the collection details through correspondence, telegrams, newspaper articles, and legal documents. The collection contains a considerable amount of materials relating Princess Stephanie’s literary years after World War II where she attempted to write and publish her autobiography as well as act as a consultant and agent with various magazine publishers and journalists, which are detailed in correspondence, articles, invoices, and manuscripts.
The Biographical File is comprised of a notebook, address book, and personal identification cards.
The Correspondence in the papers reflects the wide array of Princess Stephanie's professional relationships. Included are an exchange of letters, telegrams, and memorandums between Lord Rothermere and Adolf Hitler as well as correspondence in regards to Princess Stephanie’s litigation against Lord Rothermere, her internment in the United States, and literary career. Due in part to Hohenlohe’s close collaboration with Lord Rothermere, various journalists and publishing organizations, the collection includes articles and correspondence by others Princess Stephanie had collected. The file concludes with collected condolences received upon Princess Stephanie’s death.
The Writings contains an essay on Hungary in 1956, in regards to the Hungarian Revolution, and drafts of Princess Stephanie's unpublished memoirs.
The Subject Files predominantly focuses on Princess Stephanie’s literary career. To keep with original order, there is diversity in the forms of materials within each folders; for example, news clippings, additional correspondence, articles and invoices detailing her work and that of her associates: Drew Pearson, Jack Anderson, Ryan McHugh, and Axel Springer.
The remainder of the collection is Printed Material and Oversized Materials which consist primarily of magazine and newspaper clippings related to the case between Lord Rothermere and Princess Stephanie, public reactions to accusations of her acts of espionage, and news relating to colleagues.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945
Pearson, Drew, Andrew Russell Pearson , 1897-1969
Rothermere, Harold Sidney Harmsworth, 1st viscount, 1868-1940.
Springer, Axel, 1912-1985
Germany--Foreign relations--Great Britain.
Great Britain--Foreign relations--Germany.
Hungary--Politics and government--1918-1945.
Hungary--Politics and government--1945-1989.


Biographical File, 1951-1962

Scope and Contents note

Contains personal effects like identification papers, a notebook, and an address book. Arranged by format.
Box-folder 1:1

Notebook and addressbook, undated

Box-folder 1:2

Visa and identification papers, 1951-1962


Correspondence, 1914-1973

Language of the Materials : English, German, and French

Scope and Contents note

Contains letters,telegrams, invoices, news-clippings, invoices, and memoranda. Includes collected correspodence between Lord Rothermere and Adolf Hitler and publishers. Arranged chronologically.
Box-folder  1:3


Box-folder 1:4


Box-folder 1:5


Box-folder 1:6


Box-folder 1:7


Box-folder 1:8


Box-folder 1:9


Box-folder 1:10


Box-folder 1:11


Box-folder 1:12


Box-folder 1:13-14


Box-folder 1:15-16


Box-folder 1:17


Box-folder 1:18


Box-folder 1:19


Box-folder 1:20


Box-folder 1:21


Box-folder 1:22


Box-folder 2:1


Box-folder 2:2


Box-folder 2:3


Box-folder 2:4


Box-folder 2:5


Box-folder 2:6


Box-folder 2:7


Box-folder 2:8


Box-folder 2:9


Box-folder 2:10-11

General correspondence, undated

Box-folder 3:1-2

Condolences, 1972


Writings, 1956

Scope and Contents note

Contains drafts of Princess Stephanie's memoirs and a 1956 essay on Hungarian politics.
Box-folder 3:3

Memoir, drafts, undated

Box-folder 3:4

“Anniversary of Disaster," 1956


Subject Files, 1938-1973

Scope and Contents note

Contains correspondence, articles, manuscripts, legal documents, and memoranda. Arranged by subject.
Box-folder 3:5

Court records, 1938-1939

Box-folder 3:6

Biography drafts, 1972-1973


Literary career file, 1965-1972

Box-folder 4:1-4

Springer, Axel and Der Stern magazine, 1940-1972

Box-folder 5:1

Pearson, Drew, Anderson, Jack, and "Washington Merry-Go-Round," Column, 1941-1972

Box-folder 5:2

McHugh, Ryan and Copley News Service, 1972


Printed Materials, 1929-1972

Scope and Contents note

Contains printed matter, especially copies of news-clippings from Princess Stephanie's November 1938 trial. Arranged by format.
Box-folder 5:3

Les Très Riches de Jean de France, Duc de Berry,print, 1970

Box-folder 6:1-9

News-clippings, 1929-1938

Box-folder 7:1-12

News-clippings, 1939-1972


Oversized Material, 1929-1973

Scope and Contents note

Contains oversized articles, magazines, and news-clippings concerning Princess Stephanie's activities, interests, and associates. The bulk of the content consists of the original news-clippings regarding Princess Stephanie's case against Lord Rothmere in November 1938. Arranged by format.
Box 8

Trial news, November 1939

Box 9

Printed matter, 1929-1974