Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


Horvay, Rose mss, ca. 1886-1987, consist of the memoires, scrapbooks, photos and writings of Rose Horvay. It also includes a partial translation of her memoires by her son, J. Benjamin Horvay. Rose Horvay was born on August 10, 1886 in Budapest, Hungary, to Joseph and Gisella Pollak. Her father was a co-owner of saw mills and lumber yards in Slovakia, one of the largest businesses in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Her education consisted of that typical for the preparation of an upper-middle class girl of the period for marriage, running a household, motherhood, family and being a proper hostess. She married Gyula Heller, an engineer, in 1906. They had six children, living a comfortable life in Hungary until 1922. Then her husband's illness and unexpected social and economic upheavals left her at age forty, a single mother of six trying to survive. In 1940, one of her sons was able to bring her to the United States where she lived in various locations including Alabama and Ohio. She died three months short of her one hundredth birthday on May 7, 1986.

Acquired: 2011

Collection size: 6 items

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