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Mona Strader Bismarck Photograph Collection, ca. 1860-1979

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Mona Strader Bismarck Photograph Collection


ca. 1860-1979


The Filson Historical Society Special Collections Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to researchers.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Mona Strader Bismarck Photograph Collection, ca. 1860-1979, Special Collections, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville.


130 items

Scope and Content

Countess Mona Strader Bismarck, born Mona Travis Strader in Louisville, married in 1917 the first of five husbands. After a divorce from her second husband she became part of the "cafe society" in New York and her marriage to Wall Street financier Harrison Williams in 1926 gave her further entree to a glamorous lifestyle. After his death in 1953 she married Count Edward Bismarck, grandson of Germany's Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. In her later years she lived quietly in Paris and at her villa on the Isle of Capri. The collection includes portrait photographs of Mona Bismarck, many by Sir Cecil Beaton, and photographs of her family, her husbands, and friends from her years as a socialite. There are also photographs of the villa on Capri and her Paris apartment in the Hotel Lambert. Identified persons include Count Edward Bismarck, Harrison Williams, Umberto di Martini, Robert Sims Strader, Margaret Sims Strader, members of the Shockency Family, Sir Cecil Beaton, Bernard Baruch, Marlene Dietrich, Lorraine Rowan Cooper (Mrs. John Sherman Cooper), Randolph Churchill, and Cristobal Balenciaga


  • Architecture, Domestic-- Italy-- Capri Island-- Photographs.
  • Balenciaga, Cristobal, 1895-1972-- Pictorial works.
  • Baruch, Bernard M. (Bernard Mannes), 1870-1965-- Pictorial works.
  • Beaton, Cecil Walter Hardy, Sir, 1904--- Pictorial works.
  • Churchill, Randolph S. (Randolph Spencer), 1911-1968-- Pictorial works.
  • Dietrich, Marlene-- Pictorial works.
  • Hotels-- France-- Paris-- Photographs.
  • Shockency Family-- Pictorial works.

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