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Guide to the Florence Edler de Roover Papers 1933-1978

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Descriptive Summary

Title:

De Roover, Florence Edler. Papers

Dates:

1933-1978

Size:

11 linear feet (17 boxes)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

Florence Edler de Roover (1900-1987) historian. The collection documents her study of romance languages and medieval European history, and contains publications, correspondence, research notes and drafts, and translations and transcriptions of medieval manuscripts.

Information on Use

Access

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Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: de Roover, Florence Edler. Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

Florence Edler de Roover was born in Chicago in December of 1900 or 1901. She received her Ph.B, MA, and PhD in romance languages and medieval history with honors from the University of Chicago in 1930. Her PhD dissertation, titled “The Silk Trade of Lucca during the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries,” was first published in 1930. De Roover lectured on this topic for several years. She published her “Glossary on Mediaeval Terms of Business, Italian Series, 1200-1600” by 1934. She spent a year as a fellow at the University of Toulouse, a year as a fellow at the University of Florence, and also a year as a fellow of the Belgium American Foundation.

De Roover met her husband, Raymond de Roover, also a historian of medieval economic history, while studying in Antwerp. They married in 1936. After their marriage, Raymond de Roover obtained a scholarship to Harvard Business School, later teaching at the universities of Harvard and Chicago, as well as at Boston College and Brooklyn College. From 1938-1944, Florence de Roover served as the head of the Department of History at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois before taking two years to research and write a book in Europe. From 1943-1944, she was also the State chairman for International relations for Illinois. In 1946 she took the position of visiting professor and acting head of the Department of History at Cedar Crest College in Pennsylvania. De Roover was a member of the American Historical Association, the American Association of Teachers of Italian, the Economic History Society of London, and the society of Medieval University Women.

The de Roovers lived in Brooklyn, New York until the death of Raymond de Roover in 1972. Upon her husband’s death, Florence de Roover moved to Florence, Italy to continue research for a book she began before her marriage, leaving her belongings in Rock Island, Illinois at the home of her brother Alfred. In 1983, at the age of 83, she suffered a stroke, resulting in a fall that fractured her hip, arm, and several vertebrae. Too weak to travel, de Roover lived in a nursing home in Florence until her death September 6, 1987. The de Roovers had no children.

Scope Note

The Florence Edler de Roover Papers are organized into five series: Series I: Writing; Series II: Correspondence; Series III: Research; Series IV: Microfilm; and Series V: Oversize. This collection contains academic and research material including drafts, transcriptions, translations, and notes compiled and written by de Roover. Materials created by de Roover date 1933-1978. Articles and other research materials are in several European languages, including English, Dutch, French, German, and Italian.

Related Resources

The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:

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Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Series I: Writing

Subseries 1: Translations and Transcriptions

Box 1   Folder 1

The Origin of Capitalism in Venice, Reinhard Heynen, 1933

Box 1   Folder 2

The Secret Book of Gregorio Dati, 1976

Box 1   Folder 3

Bettino Frescobaldi, Public Record, undated

Box 1   Folder 4

14th century account book, Lucca, undated

Box 1   Folder 5

Miscellaneous, undated

Subseries 2: PhD Dissertation, “The Silk Trade of Lucca during the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries,” 1930

Box 1   Folder 6

Article, undated

Box 1   Folder 7

Introduction, undated

Box 1   Folder 8

Chapter One, undated

Box 1   Folder 9

Chapter One, revised, undated

Box 1   Folder 10

Chapter Two, undated

Box 1   Folder 11

Chapter Two, revised, undated

Box 1   Folder 12

Chapters One & Two, revised; Chapter Three, undated

Box 1   Folder 13

Chapter Three, notes

Box 1   Folder 14

Chapter Three, materials used, undated

Box 2   Folder 1

Chapter Five, undated

Box 2   Folder 2

Chapter Six, undated

Box 2   Folder 3

Chapter Seven, undated

Box 2   Folder 4

Appendices I-XIII, undated

Box 2   Folder 5

Appendices, I-XIII, undated

Box 2   Folder 6

Bibliography, undated

Box 2   Folder 7

Lecture, undated

Subseries 3: Articles

Box 2   Folder 8

Articles by de Roover, offprints, 1936-1938

Series II: Correspondence

Box 3   Folder 1

Family Correspondence (photocopies), 1945-1987

Box 3   Folder 2

Allen Evans, Correspondence, 1938-1956

Box 3   Folder 3

Ruth Grönwoldt, Correspondence, 1953-1957

Box 3   Folder 4

Frances Little, Correspondence, 1954-1955

Box 3   Folder 5

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1946-1949, 1978

Series III: Research

Subseries 1: Strozzi

Box 3   Folder 6

Draft and Notes, undated

Box 3   Folder 7

Strozzi Voyage and New Facets Article, undated

Box 3   Folder 8

Articles, undated

Box 3   Folder 9

Notes, undated

Box 3   Folder 10

Girolamo Strozzi Notes, Miscellaneous, undated

Subseries 2: Antwerp

Box 3   Folder 11

Newspaper, 1930

Box 3   Folder 12

Photographs & Postcards, undated

Box 3   Folder 13

Municipal Archives of Antwerp, Notes and Correspondence, undated

Box 3   Folder 14

Photographs of Early Drawings and Maps, undated

Box 3   Folder 15

Antwerp Money Market, Van der Molen Letters & Notes, undated

Subseries 3: Articles on the history of Accounting, 1889-1971

Box 3   Folder 16

Articles on the history of Accounting, 1930-1947, 1964

Box 4   Folder 1

Articles on the history of Accounting, 1926-1931, 1940, undated

Box 4   Folder 2

Articles on the history of Accounting, 1875, 1929-1950, undated

Box 4   Folder 3

Articles on the history of Accounting, 1944-1960, undated

Box 4   Folder 4

Articles on the history of Accounting, 1889, 1929-1971, undated

Box 4   Folder 5

Articles on the history of Accounting, 1930-1945, 1960, undated

Box 4   Folder 6

Articles on the history of Accounting, 1919-1929, 1954, 1967, undated

Box 5   Folder 1

Articles on the history of Accounting, 1930-1960, undated

Box 5   Folder 2

Articles on the history of Accounting, 1907-1962, undated

Subseries 4 Pieter Van der Molen & Brothers

Box 5   Folder 3

Photostat copies of letterbooks, Folios 1-50, March 9, 1538-January 11, 1539

Box 5   Folder 4

Photostat copies of letterbooks, Folios 51-100, January 11, 1539- July 15, 1539

Box 5   Folder 5

Photostat copies of letterbooks, Folios 101-150, August 8, 1539-May 2, 1540

Box 5   Folder 6

Photostat copies of letterbooks, Folios 151-200, May 2, 1540 – April 3, 1541

Box 6   Folder 1

Photostat copies of letterbooks, Folios 201-250, April 3, 1541 – November 25, 1542

Box 6   Folder 2

Photostat copies of letterbooks, Folios 251-296, December 16, 1542 – October 4, 1544

Box 6   Folder 3

Letters, transcriptions, undated

Box 6   Folder 4

For Article on Exchange, 1946

Box 6   Folder 5

Daniel van der Melen family & genealogy of my van der Molen, undated

Box 6   Folder 6

Tapestries, undated

Box 6   Folder 7

Things to Look Up, undated

Box 6   Folder 8

Van der Molen & Antwerp, notes, draft, and correspondence, 1962, undated

Box 6   Folder 9

Maritime Insurance

Box 6   Folder 10

Materials, 1947, undated

Box 6   Folder 11

Notes, undated

Subseries 5: The Medici

Box 7

Medici Family Genealogy, prepared by Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Gaupp, The Medici, 1-700s, Lippo or Cascia Line, undated

Box 8

Medici Family Genealogy, prepared by Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Gaupp, The Medici, 800-1425, Averando or Cafaggiolo Line, undated

Box 9

Medici Family Genealogy, prepared by Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Gaupp, The Medici, Persons related to the Medici through marriage, undated

Box 10   Folder 1

Notes accompanying Medici Family Genealogy, undated

Box 10   Folder 2

Francesco di Giuliano De’ Medici, notes, outline, undated

Subseries 6: Miscellaneous

Box 10   Folder 3

Lucchesi Merchants, notes, undated

Box 10   Folder 4

Italian Shields, undated

Box 10   Folder 5

Gabella & Brobers Records, undated

Box 10   Folder 6

Medieval Businessmen, notes, outline, undated

Box 10   Folder 7

A Case on Francesco Datini del Prato, draft, outline, undated

Box 10   Folder 8

Material on Winchcombe Kerseys, undated

Box 10   Folder 9

Bergen op Zoom, undated

Box 10   Folder 10

English Materials

Box 10   Folder 11

Professor Osamu Kojima, early Japanese works on bookkeeping, photos and descriptions, undated

Box 10   Folder 12

Notes & Clippings found in P. G. A. de Waal, Van Pacciolo tot Stevin, undated

Box 10   Folder 13

Maps, Europe, Italy, undated

Box 10   Folder 14

Typescript of Account books of Cristoforo Ambiogi of Southampton 1492-1497, ed. Alwyn Ruddock, undated

Box 11   Folder 1

Allen Evans, transcriptions of manuscripts concerning medieval coinage from Florence, Paris, Aix, Naples, Venice, & Rome, [1/2], undated

Box 11   Folder 2

Allen Evans, transcriptions of manuscripts concerning medieval coinage from Florence, Paris, Aix, Naples, Venice, & Rome, [2/2], undated

Box 11   Folder 3

Allen Evans, materials, notes on medieval coinage, undated

Box 11   Folder 4

Misc. Items, undated

Box 12

Glass lantern slides for illustrated lecture, including views of Lucca, medieval drawings of silk manufacture, and photographs of samples of Lucchese silks, undated

Box 13

De Roover note cards for PhD dissertation, [1/2]

Box 14

De Roover note cards for PhD dissertation, [2/2]

Series IV: Microfilm

Box 15

Thomas S. Noonan, "The Dnieper Trade Route in Kievan Russia," Ph.D. dissertation, Indiana University, 1965, positive microfilm; Archivio di Stato Firenze, Campioni del Catasto dei Cittadini, Sommario del Catasto di San Giovanni, Registro No 84, positive microfilm; Roll of film, unknown

Series V: Oversize

Box 16

Chart of Medici genealogy, undated

Box 17   Folder 1

Antwerpen Newspaper, 1938

Box 17   Folder 2

Maps, Tuscany & Persia

Box 17   Folder 3

Photostat copies, Liber Alienigenus of the Corporation of Southhampton, 1454-1460

Box 17   Folder 4

Photocopies from Archivio di Stato, Venezia, and Archivio del Senato, Deliberation mar, 1440-1445, 1452-1453