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Marion Stancioff Papers

Identifier: GTM-131113

Scope and Contents

Manuscript notes and articles by Marion Stancioff on Catholicism and a range of humanitarian interests such as art, education, literature, philosophy, as well as economics and politics. Includes correspondence with friends in both English and French on many of the foregoing topics. Notable letters are from Dorothy Day, Anne Fremantle, and Ezra Pound. Family letters are also included.


  • 1903 - 2009

Biographical / Historical

Marion Stancioff was born Carolyn Marion Mitchell in Sao Paolo, Brazil, on August 8, 1903. Her father, an American business man, developed the Sao Paolo and Rio Light Company. Stancioff spent most of her childhood in the United States but moved to London with her mother after the First World War. Here she developed her interest in wood-engraving. She studied with Dimitri Galanis who trained her in the use of the “multiple tool” device for cutting closely laid parallel lines. Stancioff was a founding member of the British Society of Wood Engravers. Her work can be found at numerous museums including the British Museum, Victoria and Albert, Ashmolean, and the Art Museum of Manchester University.

In 1925, Stancioff married Ivan Stancioff, son of the Bulgarian minister to London. The couple met at a charity ball in aid of Bulgarian refugees. Ivan Stancioff’s father, Dimitri, had been chief adviser to King Ferdinand; while his mother was a Savoyard countess by birth who had been lady-in-waiting to Ferdinand’s mother, a daughter of Louis Philippe of France.

As a diplomat’s wife, Stancioff spent much of the ensuing period in Sofia and Rome. During the Second World War, she resided in Switzerland with her seven children, having relocated after her husband was posted to Romania as consul general, in 1943. The family reunited after the war and emigrated to the United States where they settled on a small farm in Urbana, Maryland.

Stancioff continued engraving through the forties, but became increasingly interested in the study of graphic symbols. After her husband’s death in 1972, Stancioff returned to London as a more convenient venue for her research. A long-term plan to publish her work was not realized before her death at the age of ninety on July 30, 1994.

This collection of Stancioff’s personal papers includes copious notes reflecting her eclectic interests in subjects ranging from art and literature to economics and politics, as well as religion and Catholicism – Stancioff converted in the 1920s.

As a diplomat’s spouse she became acquainted with many notable individuals including British diplomat George Rendel, Pope John XXIII, Ezra Pound, Dorothy Day, and Anne Fremantle. Pound and Fremantle, in particular, became close friends.


7.16 Cubic Feet (21 boxes)

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Most materials are arranged to correlate with original box lists provided by Andrew Stancioff.

Overall arrangement is by series according to material type: Correspondence (includes alphabetical, family and general); Manuscripts; and Personal series. Additionally, certain items are located separately for ease of access, including publications/publisher files, printed items, notebooks, address books, and photographs. Material relating to finances and property are not included in the collection.

All digital media (compact disks) located separately.

To facilitate and maximize use of the original inventory created by Andrew Stancioff, grouping of material by original box number designation is maintained whenever possible; although exact physical order of items may not necessarily follow the inventory listing.

Inventory box numbers indicated by brackets [ ] on folders.

Copy of complete original inventory located in Boxes 1 and 12.

Custodial History

Materials created by C. Marion Mitchell Stancioff. This acquisition arranged and annotated by Andrew Stancioff, son and collection donor.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts of Andrew Stancioff, 2013, 2014.


Naming convention: Subject's full legal name is Carolyn Marion Mitchell Stancioff. However, she was known to friends and family as Marion; and is referenced professionally as C. Marion Mitchell Stancioff. For ease of reference in this finding aid, she is referred to as Marion Stancioff.

Marion Stancioff Papers
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Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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