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Remey, Charles Mason, 1874-1974
Charles Mason Remey Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1921-1957 (mostly 1940-1950)
5 boxes, 20 Volumes, and 3.4 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-5


Consists of 74 volumes of diaries, letters, reports, reminiscences, and other writings in typescript form, accompanied by clippings, photographs, designs, and memorabilia relating to Charles Mason Remey (1874-1974) and the Remey and Mason families.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 74 volumes of diaries, letters, reports, reminiscences, and other writings in typescript form, accompanied by clippings, photographs, designs, and memorabilia, which Remey prepared in a limited number of sets. Included are his daily diaries (1940-1948) as well as separate journals kept during his travels in South America (1945-1946), Latin America (1946-1947), and Europe (1947-1948) as a teacher and representative of the Baha'i faith. There are also volumes of Remey's architectural designs and text for the Baha'i temple to be built on Mt. Carmel in Israel, and letters and reports concerning Baha'i activities.

Remey also prepared many volumes of reminiscences--of his childhood, boyhood at the Navy Yard, Washington, D. C., and school at Green Acres, Maine, and of his uncles William Butler Remey and Edward Wallace Remey, father George Collier Remey (1841-1928), and Gertrude Heim Remey. Also included are biographies of Charles Mason (1804-1882), who was chief justice of Iowa, George Collier Remey, and Mary Josephine Remey; histories of the houses in which Remey family members lived; a record of the naval destroyer U.S.S. Remey, named after George Collier Remey; and a description of a new mausoleum in Virginia for the Remey family designed by Remey.


Volumes in boxes are arranged roughly in chronological order; volumes shelved as bound mss. are in alphabetical order.

Collection Creator Biography:

Remey, Charles Mason, 1874-1974

Charles Mason Remey (1874-1974), the eldest son of distinguished Admiral George Collier Remey (1841-1928) and Mary Josephine Mason Remey (1845-1938), daughter of Chief Justice Charles Mason (1804-1882), was an architect, author, and religious leader of the Baha'i faith. Remey was the architect for several Baha'i temples around the world.

Collection History


Gift of Charles Mason Remey from 1932 to 1958.

Custodial History

Eleven volumes were transferred from the open stacks.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Rafael Abrahams in July 2010.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Charles Mason Remey Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-5