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Charles Mason Remey Papers

A description of his papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Remey, Charles Mason, 1874-1974.
Title: Charles Mason Remey Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1912-1958
Quantity: 19 linear ft.
Abstract: American architect. Collection includes manuscripts and published material.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
http://scrc.syr.edu

Biographical History

Charles Mason Remey (1874-1974) was an American architect and author and adherent of the Baha'i faith. He designed and built Baha'i houses of worship in Uganda and Ethiopia (three others were designed but never constructed), and traveled extensively to promote the religion. In 1960 his claim to be the successor to Shoghi Effendi as Guardian, or worldwide head, of the Baha'i caused a major schism which persists to this day.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Charles Mason Remey Papers includes published and self-published writings.

Published material is almost entirely related to the Baha'i faith: its history, practice, teaching, and architecture. Of particular interest are proposals for an indexing system for Baha'i writings, and a guide on the preservation and arrangement of Baha'i manuscript. The only item unrelated to Baha'i is an account of four-month cruise in the Bahamas.

Self-published material is almost all connected with the history of the Remey family. The bound volumes are typescript carbons with photographs, maps, and other material tipped in. Based on information stamped on the covers, several sets of these volumes were produced. The contents include letters, reminiscences, diaries, travel journals, designs for mausoleums, and more. In addition to Remey himself, other family members represented include his mother, Mary Josephine Mason Remey; his father, Rear Admiral George Collier Remey; and his grandfather Charles Mason, Chief Justice of Iowa.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is subdivided into published and unpublished material; within each series, volumes are arranged alphabetically by title.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this material.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings

Persons

Mason, Charles, 1804-1882.
Remey family.
Remey, Charles Mason, 1874-1974.
Remey, Mary Josephine Mason, 1845-1938.

Corporate Bodies

Remey (Ship : DD-688)
United States. -- Navy -- Officers.

Subjects

Admirals -- United States.
Architects -- United States.
Architecture -- United States.
Bahai Faith -- History.
Bahai Faith -- Study and teaching.
Bahai temples.
Judges -- Iowa.

Places

Europe -- Description and travel.
Latin America -- Description and travel.

Genres and Forms

Diaires.
Manuscripts (document genre)
Memoirs.
Photographs.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Charles Mason Remey Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Charles Mason Remey, 1961.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 22 Apr 2010
Revision history: 10 Jul 2018 - processed (MS)

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Inventory

Published writings
Box 1 Baha'i Manuscripts - Suggestions for Their Preservation and Arrangement 1923
Box 1 The Baha'i Movement for Universal Religion, Brotherhood and Peace - A Sketch of its History and Teaching (Washington D.C., Persian American Bulletin) 1912
Box 1 Baha'i Teaching - Quotations from the Bahai Sacred Writings and Several Articles upon the History and Aims of the Teaching (Washington D.C.) 1917
Box 1 Constructive Principles of the Bahai Movement - A Summary of the History, Object and Institutions of the Bahai Religious Teachings (Chicago, Bahai Publishing Society) 1917
Box 1 The Covenant ("published in the year XXI of the Miniistry of Abdul-Baha") [1919?]
Box 1 Mashrak-El-Azkar - Descriptive of the Bahai temple and illustrative of an exhibition of preliminary designs for the first Mashrak-El-Azkar to be built in America, showing nine varying treatments in different styles of architecture (Bahai Publishing Society, Chicago) 1917
Box 1 The National Church and Shrine - Its Design, Organization and Work (Washington, D.C., Organizers of the National Church Foundation) 1929
Box 1 The National Church and Shrine of the United States of America to be Built in the City of Washington (Washington, D.C., Organizers of the National Church) 1927
Box 1 Das Neue Zeitalter - die Bahai-Offenbarung von Charles Mason Remey [translated into German by Wilhelm Herrigel] (Stuttgart, Verlag des Deutschen Bahaibundes Stuttgart) 1923
Box 1 Observations of a Bahai Traveler, Second Edition ([Washington, D.C.?], Bahai Publishing Society) 1914
Box 1 A Series of Twelve Articles Introductory to the Study of the Baha'i Teachings (Baha'i Publishing Committee, [New York?]) 1925
Box 2 Suggestions for the Arrangement of a Bibliography and Reference Indexes of the Baha'i Teachings with Practical Explanations of How to Build Up Baha'i Index Systems 1923
Box 2 The Universal Consciousness of the Baha'i Religion (Baha'i Publishing Committee, [New York?]) 1925
Box 2 We Called it a Vacation [alternatively titled by CMR on cover : "Account of a Yachting Cruise of Four Months in the Bahamas"] by George Remey Wadleigh (New York, John Felsberg Inc.) 1950
Self-published writings
Box 2 Architectural Design for the Baha'i Temple to be Built Upon Mount Carmel in the Holy Land 1948
Box 2 The Biography of a House - a Monograph in Two Parts (2 volumes)
Box 2 The Daily Diary of Charles Mason Remey 1940
Box 2 The Daily Diary of Charles Mason Remey 1941
Box 2 The Daily Diary of Charles Mason Remey 1942 (2 volumes)
Box 3 The Daily Diary of Charles Mason Remey 1943 (2 volumes)
Box 3 The Daily Diary of Charles Mason Remey 1944
Box 3 The Daily Diary of Charles Mason Remey 1945 (2 volumes)
Box 3 The Daily Diary of Charles Mason Remey 1946
Box 3 The Daily Diary of Charles Mason Remey 1947
Box 3 The Daily Diary of Charles Mason Remey 1947-1948
Box 3 The Daily Diary of Charles Mason Remey 1948 (2 copies)
Box 4 Five Preliminary Architectural Sketches for the Temple of the Mashrak-El-Azkar Which the Followers of the Bahai Movement are to Build Upon the Shore of Lake Michigan at Chicago
Box 4 Herbert's Diary - an Account of Trailer Travels [ed. by Remey]
Box 4 Houses in Which the Remey Family and the For-Bears[sic] have Lived (2 volumes)
Box 4 Illustrated Description of a Design in the Persian-Indian Style of Architecture for the First Mashrak-El-Azkar (Bahai Temple) to be Erected in America, Humbly Offered to the Center of the Covenant Through the Bahai Temple Unity April 26-28, 1920
Box 4 In Memoriam Ezekiel Gilbert Gear 1793-1873 - sketch of the minister of the Episcopal Church in America
Box 4 Journal Diary European Baha'i Travels 1948 (3 volumes)
Box 4 Journal Diary of Baha'i Travels in Europe, part 1 1947
Box 5 Journal Diary of Baha'i Travels in Europe, part 2 1947
Box 5 Journal Diary of Baha'i Travels in Latin America 1946-1947 (2 volumes)
Box 5 Letters Treating of Baha'i Activities
Box 5 Life and Letters of Charles Mason, Chief Justice of Iowa, 1804-1882 v. 1-2 ("Edited and arranged by his eldest grandson Charles Mason Remey") 1939 (2 folders)
Box 6 Life and Letters of Charles Mason, Chief Justice of Iowa, 1804-1882 v. 3-6 ("Edited and arranged by his eldest grandson Charles Mason Remey") 1939 (4 folders)
Box 7 Life and Letters of Charles Mason, Chief Justice of Iowa, 1804-1882, v. 7-10 ("Edited and arranged by his eldest grandson Charles Mason Remey") 1939 (4 folders)
Box 8 Life and Letters of Charles Mason, Chief Justice of Iowa, 1804-1882, v. 11-12 ("Edited and arranged by his eldest grandson Charles Mason Remey") 1939 (2 folders)
Box 8 Life and Letters of Mary Josephine Mason Remey, Wife of Rear Admiral George Collier Remey, Daughter of Chief Justice Charles Mason, 1845-1938 v. 1-3 ("Edited and arranged by her eldest son Charles Mason Remey") 1939 (3 folders)
Box 9 Life and Letters of Mary Josephine Mason Remey, Wife of Rear Admiral George Collier Remey, Daughter of Chief Justice Charles Mason, 1845-1938 v. 4-8 ("Edited and arranged by her eldest son Charles Mason Remey") 1939 (5 folders)
Box 10 Life and Letters of Mary Josephine Mason Remey, Wife of Rear Admiral George Collier Remey, Daughter of Chief Justice Charles Mason, 1845-1938 v. 9-12 ("Edited and arranged by her eldest son Charles Mason Remey") 1939 (4 folders)
Box 10 Life and Letters of Rear Admiral George Collier Remey, United States Navy, 1841-1928 v. 1 ("Edited and arranged by his eldest son Charles Mason Remey") 1939
Box 11 Life and Letters of Rear Admiral George Collier Remey, United States Navy, 1841-1928 v. 2-6 ("Edited and arranged by his eldest son Charles Mason Remey") 1939 (5 folders)
Box 12 Life and Letters of Rear Admiral George Collier Remey, United States Navy, 1841-1928 v. 7-10 ("Edited and arranged by his eldest son Charles Mason Remey") 1939 (4 folders)
Box 12 The Mausoleum of the Remey Family 1945
Box 12 The National Church 1926
Box 13 The National Church and Shrine 1926
Box 13 Preliminary Designs for the Remey Family Mausoleum 1954
Box 13 A Record of the USS Remey
Box 13 The Remevm - Place of Commemoration and Sepvltvre of the Family of Rear Admiral George Collier Remey Vnited States Navy and his wife Mary Josephine Mason Their Descendants, For-Bears and Friends 1958
Box 13 The Remey Family 1654-1954 1957
Box 13 Reminiscences and Letters v. 1-2 (2 volumes)
Box 14 Reminiscences and Letters v. 3-7 (5 volumes)
Box 15 Reminiscences and Letters v. 8-11 (4 volumes)
Box 16 Reminiscences and Letters v. 12-16 (5 volumes)
Box 17 Reminiscences and Letters v. 17-21 (5 volumes)
Box 18 Reminiscences and Letters v. 22-26 (5 volumes)
Box 19 Reminiscences and Letters v. 27-32 (6 volumes)
Box 20 Reminiscences and Letters v. 33-37 (5 volumes)
Box 21 Reminiscences and Letters v. 38-42 (5 volumes)
Box 22 Reminiscences and Letters v. 43-47 (5 volumes)
Box 23 Reminiscences and Letters v. 48-52 (5 volumes)
Box 24 Reminiscences and Letters v. 53-57 (5 volumes)
Box 25 Reminiscences and Letters v. 58-62 (5 volumes)
Box 26 Reminiscences and Letters v. 63-68 (6 volumes)
Box 27 Reminiscences and Letters v. 69-74 (6 volumes)
Box 28 Reminiscences and Letters v. 75-80 (6 volumes)
Box 29 Reminiscences and Letters v. 81-85 (5 volumes)
Box 30 Reminiscences and Letters v. 86-91 (6 volumes)
Box 31 Reminiscences and Letters v. 92-97 (6 volumes)
Box 32 Reminiscences and Letters v. 98-102 (5 volumes)
Box 33 Reminiscences and Letters v. 103-107 (5 volumes)
Box 34 Reminiscences and Letters v. 108-111 (4 folders) (4 volumes)
Box 35 Reminiscences and Letters v. 112-116 (4 volumes)
Box 36 Reminiscences and Letters v. 117-119 (3 volumes)
Box 36 Reminiscences of Green Acre 1949 (2 volumes)
Box 37 Reminiscences of His Boyhood v. 1
Box 37 Reminiscences of His Childhood v. 1-4 (4 volumes)
Box 37 Reminiscent of Colonel William Butler Remey United States Marine Corps and Lieutenant Edward Wallace Remey United States Navy 1955
Box 37 A Teacher of the Baha'i Faith in South America parts 1 and 2 1945-1946 (2 folders)
Box 38 A Teacher of the Baha'i Faith in South America part 3 1945-1946
Box 38 Through Warring Countries to the Mountain of God 1915

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