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Norah Tracey Papers

Identifier: GTM-861201

Scope and Contents note

The collection primarily consists of personal correspondence. Letters from male admirers provide some insight into life in the British Armed Forces during World War II. Business exchanges relate to the commissioning and sale of women's travel clothing. Included are photographs of Tracey with acquaintances.


  • 1923 - 1949

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Biographical note

Norah Tracey was born in England on December 10, 1903. She led an active social life, especially in the 1920's, attending events at the Kit Kat and 500 clubs. Tracey enjoyed travel abroad; however, like many women of her time who were without independent income or a husband's financial support, she struggled with financial problems. During the late twenties and early thirties, Tracey earned a living making bespoke linen travel clothing for women and renovating apartments for rent or sale. During World War II, Tracey served as temporary assistant at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. At various times, Tracey suffered from poor health, complicated by a phobia of being poisoned. She spent some time in the London Clinic during the war. In spite of personal problems, Tracey was able to maintain a wide social circle as evidenced by the copious correspondence from friends in Hollywood, Washington, D.C., France, South Africa, and England. Date of death unknown.


1.04 Linear Feet (4 Hollinger boxes (1 Document Case; 3 Slim Document Cases))

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Elizabeth von Doemming, 1986.

Norah Tracey Papers
Deborah Marrone, Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
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