Charles Mason Remey papers
- Majority of material found within 1903-1940
- Remey, Charles Mason, 1874-1974 (Person)
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Collection is open for use.
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13.75 Cubic Feet (11 record center cartons)
Remey was trained as an architect, having studied at Cornell University (1893-1896) and the Ecole des Arts in Paris (1896-1903). He combined a career in architecture with his interest in the Baha'i faith. During his lifetime, Remey made a special study of oriental architecture, and he was appointed to design Baha'i temples at Mt. Carmel, Israel: Teheran, Iran; Kampala, Africa; and Sidney, Australia. Remey traveled widely to lecture in the interests of the Baha'i Movement, and he was the author of many published volumes on the history and beliefs of the Baha'is.
During the 1930s, Remey lived in Washington, D.C. where he enjoyed an active social life and devoted much of his time to his writings. As a young man, Remey began recording events and observations in a series of diaries and memoirs, a practice that he continued with dedication for most of his life. He compiled separate biographical records of his mother, Mary Josephine Mason Remey (1845-1938); his father, George Collier Remey (1848-1928); and his grandfather, Charles Mason (1804- 1882). Remey's diaries numbered over one hundred volumes and included both personal information and research that formed the basis of many of his published works on the Baha'i faith.
Around 1940, Remey arranged to have copies of his personal diaries and family histories bound and reproduced and to have the copies deposited in various libraries in the United States and Europe. He specified that his memoirs were to be sealed until 1995.
Charles Mason Remey died in 1974. His last years were lived in Florence, Italy.
Scope and Contents
- Architecture and religion
- Bahai Faith
- Bahai pilgrims and pilgrimages
- Church architecture
- Manners and customs
- Mason, Charles, 1804-1882
- Naval history
- Politics and government
- Remey family
- Remey, Charles Mason, 1874-1974
- Remey, George Collier, 1841-1928
- Remey, Gertrude Heim Klemm, 1888-1932
- Remey, Mary Josephine Mason, 1845-1938
- United States
- Washington (D.C.)
Part of the Special Collections Repository
The Sheridan Libraries
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA