Scope and arrangement
The Pauline Astor papers is comprised primarily of letters sent to Astor by family members, visitors to the manor, friends, and other members of her social circle. Topics include gardening advice, family gossip, thank-you letters from Girl Scout and Doormice Patrol troops, and concern over the changing political and cultural situation in Europe. The bulk of the letters from 1937 consist of condolence letters ranging from government officials to servants.
There is also a small amount of business-related and financial correspondence. These mostly date from World War II. Since the family had several residences in and around London, there was much concern over insuring property and assets (such as paintings, ceramics, and other art) as well as making sure that there would be money to sustain the family once the war was over.
This collection is arranged alphabetically by format.