Preliminary Inventory to the Robert Eugene Meyer Collection, 1944-1969

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Preliminary Inventory to the Robert Eugene Meyer Collection, 1944-1969

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Robert Eugene Meyer Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1944-1969
Collection number: 71001
Collector: Meyer, Robert, 1911-, collector.
Collection Size: 2 manuscript boxes (0.8 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Writings, correspondence, printed matter, photographs, and miscellanea, relating to the history of air bases in the U.S. and to miscellaneous subjects regarding Italy.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Language: English.

Administrative Information


Collection open for research.
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robert Eugene Meyer Collection, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Access Points

Aeronautics--United States.
United States--Armed Forces.

Container List

Box 1-2

1. A three-column news photo of the Arab Bowl New Year's day football games at Oran, Algeria, 1944 January 1. The double-header program was probably the only one of its kind ever presented. The picture was published in The New Orleans Item, New Orleans, La., 1944 January


2. A program of the Grand Festival de Musique at the Theatre Municipal, Oran, Algeria, 1944 February 12


3. Thirteen colored caricatures drawn in North Africa, 1943


4. Some 175 views of Italy printed before or during World War II


5. A brochure containing descriptions in English, French, German and Italian of the Caffé Greco, 86 Via Condotti, founded in 1760. The café has long been a popular gathering place for Americans in Rome


6. A brochure containing brief historical notes on the Cemetery for Non-Roman Catholic Foreigners near the Pyramid of Cestius, Rome; a biographical sketch of William Wetmore Story, an American sculptor who lived in Rome and created the marble Sorrowing Angel, which adorns the tomb in which William Wetmore Story and his wife are interred in the cemetery; and a postcard depicting the sculpture, a copy of which was dedicated at Stanford University to the memory of the victims of the 1906 earthquake


7. A bound copy of leading Risorgimento Dates, compiled by Dr. Maria Elena Casella, head librarian, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Rome, 1944. Also enclosed therein are a small colored map of Italy in 1815, drawn by Dr. Casella, a prayer in English and Italian which she penned on 1939 September 1, the day World War II began; and a letter dated 1945 November 25, which might be typical of hundreds of letters written then to American service personnel in appreciation of food they presented to their friends in other lands to help them celebrate American's traditional Thanksgiving Day at a time when many persons at home and abroad had much for which to be thankful


8. A catalogue of an exhibition of masterpieces of European painting, Palazzo Venezia, Rome, 1944, organized and arranged by the Division of Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives - Region IV, Allied Military Government


9. One copy of This Damn Tree Leaks, by Bill Mauldin. Each book contains 116 cartoons by Sgt. Bill Mauldin, reprinted from The Stars and Stripes, Mediterranean edition, Italy, 1945


10. A book of historical and artistic outlines for Rome, Florence, Venice, by Mario Villoresi, with 24 original engravings by Giuliano Grass, printed by the Arte della Stampa in Florence, 1944 July 15


11. A bound copy of an essay written by Dr. Maria Elena Casella in 1945 August. Also enclosed therein is a brief bibliography of writings pertaining to America, England, Italy and the Italian patriot Mazzini


12. A bound copy of an essay by Dr. Maria Elena Casella written between July 1944 and May 1945. Also enclosed therein is Non Molláre, by Ernesto Rossi, copied by Dr. Casella from Il Ponte, Florence, no. 6, 1945 August


13. A bound copy of a letter dated 1944 December 4 and written by Nella Santovito Vichi, the director of the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Rome, in appreciation of American book catalogues, which enabled him and his associates to choose up-to-date English and American books for the library; a letter dated 1944 December 5, Rome, signed by Maria Elena Casella, head librarian, accompanying the "First List of Books Desired by the National Library, Vittorio Emanuele, in Rome," and handwritten copies of official correspondence pertaining to the Italians' earnest efforts to replenish the depleted store of volumes in the public libraries throughout the nation


14. A bound copy of an essay describing the beauty of Florence, written by Maria Elena Casella in Rome, 1945


1.a Letters written to me by Dr. Maria Elena Casella, an Italian librarian with whom I became acquainted in Rome during July 1944 while I was a correspondent for the Mediterranean edition of The Stars and Stripes. Unfortunately, pages from some of the letters have been misplaced or lost


2.a See Item 5


3.a A program for a series of ballet performances at the Elasseo Theatre, Rome, 1944 October 20-November 11


4.a Images of Italy, published by the Italgeo Publishing Co., Milan, in 1945


5.a Thirteen etchings, twelve of which represent the months of the year. They were given to me in Italy in 1944 or 1945


6.a Four bookmarks, a calendar for 1945, and six colored drawings of Italian provincial costume; all prepared in 1944 by Anna Maria Borgia, a sixteen-year-old Roman art student. They were part of a project an American soldier suggested to Miss Borgia and her mother when he became acquainted with them through an Italian friend who was concerned about their dire economic plight. Mrs Borgia's husband and Anna Maria's father was a prisoner of war. The couple's other children were Marco and Germana, who were then age twelve and age six respectively. When the GI learned that the Borgias had no income, and that Anna Maria was a competent illustrator, he asked her to design some inexpensive authentic Italian souvenirs which might be sold at the Post Exchange operated by the United States Army. The Borgias liked the idea very much and began their own "casa" industry in earnest soon after the American started providing them with varicolored cardboard, paper and string discarded by fellow soldiers in his unit. PX officials welcomed the low-priced handmade mementos, displayed them at the store in Rome, then turned over to Miss Borgia all the money received. One day while browsing in a Roman flea market the American soldier saw an antique belt made of metal disks linked with flexible rings. That inspired him to design a contemporary female fashion accessory: a belt made of decorated lightweight wood and cord. He used wooden rectangles 1½" x 2" and twine. Anna Maria Borgia drew people or places on paper, then pasted them to the tiny panels that Marco had cut from scraps of plywood contributed by officers of a nearby U.S. Army glider base. Mrs. Borgia and Germana sorted and braided the string with which they joined half-a-dozen miniature paintings to form the belts. To emphasize the Italian origin of the souvenirs Anna Maria Borgia usually worked with red and green paint on white paper, and selected red and green cord for connections; but some belts were limited to single hues to complement the wearer's costume. The belts wee sold at the PX for 500 lire ($5)