Scope and arrangement
The Romana Javitz Papers document the personal life of the long-time Curator of The New York Public Library Picture Collection. The date span of the papers is 1923-1980. They include correspondence, diaries, drawings and documents relating to Javitz's parents. The bulk of the correspondence consists of outgoing letters. Many of these document Javitz's relationship with the physician Ernst Philip Boas (1891-1955). Diary entries chronicle her daily life, travels, and work at The New York Public Library.
The Romana Javitz papers are arranged in three series:
Chronologically arranged, outgoing letters from Javitz to friends and family members. 1925-1926 letters to Javitz's parents report on her travels in Europe. There are many letters, 1930s-1950s, addressed to Ernst Philip Boas, with whom Javitz was romantically involved for many years.
Chronologically arranged bound diaries and loose leaves. Entries chronicle her daily life, meetings with friends, travels, professional activities and health concerns.
Personal and legal documents of Romana Javitz and her parents, Elias and Malvine. Included are a passport, naturalization papers, professional certificates and a death certificate. Also included are miscellaneous writings and artworks made by Romana Javitz.