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Preferred Citation:Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Series, Box number, Folder number and/or title, Andrews' Princess Diana Collection, MSS 354, Special Collections, Michigan State University Main Library
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Collection Summary:The Andrews’ Princess Diana Collection has six series. Books in this collection comprise Series I and are represented in this finding aid by a list containing complete bibliographical entries. The books are cataloged and classified and are in Special Collections’ Russel Nye Popular Culture Collection which is arranged by Library of Congress call number. Series II contains People Weekly issues. Series III contains Majesty issues. Series IV contains Royalty Monthly issues. Series V contains miscellaneous magazine issues. Series VI contains pamphlets under 50 pages, unpaged items, items without OCLC cataloging records, a cassette tape of the royal wedding, and ephemera.
Diana (Lady Diana Frances Spencer), Princess of Wales, 1961-1997, was born July 1, 1961, at Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk, the third daughter of (Edward) John ‘Spencer, Viscount Althorp, later eighth Earl Spencer, 1924-1992, and his first wife, the Hon. Frances Ruth Burke Roche, b. 1936. Her siblings are Jane, Sarah, and Charles. Jane married Robert Fellowes, a private secretary to Queen Elizabeth II. Sarah dated Charles, the Prince of Wales. Diana first met Prince Charles, the oldest child/son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, in 1977, when he came to Althrop, which is near Sandringham, for the shooting.
Diana was an unremarkable student. From 1978-80 she taught small children dancing, worked at Young England Kindergarten, Pimlico, London, and was a private nanny. She met Prince Charles for the second time in July, 1980. He proposed to her and she accepted him on Feb. 6, 1981. Diana and Charles married July 29, 1981, at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London.
The couple had two sons, Princes William and Henry (Harry), born in 1982 and 1984, respectively. Their marriage, sadly, was not a long-term success; he was 13 years older than she was and they had quite different personal interests and temperaments. Charles, Diana, and their relationship itself were continually in the media spotlight and this did not help any. Both took lovers; they separated in 1992, and divorced in 1996.
Following a vacation on a yacht in the Mediterranean in the summer of 1997, Diana began a relationship with the yacht owner’s son, Dodi Fayed. Early Sunday morning August 31, 1997, they had an automobile accident in a tunnel in Paris. Dodi and the driver died at the scene of the accident. Diana died two hours later at La Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris. Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, unconscious for two weeks, recovered.
Diana was wildly popular with people in the British Isles and, indeed, around the world as Princess of Wales. She engaged in much charitable work, particularly with causes of children, HIV/AIDS, personal relationships, eating disorders, and against landmines. Her capacity for empathy and its demonstration in public set a new standard for the Royal family. The press’ attention to her was continual, which is why this collection of material is noteworthy.
Read the entry on Diana in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, c 2004, vol. 16, pp. 16-21 for more information.
Series I: Books
Series II: People Weekly
Series III: Majesty
Series IV: Royalty Monthly
Series V: Miscellaneous Magazines
Series VI: Pamphlets under 50 Pages, Unpaged Items, Items without OCLC Cataloging Records, Cassette Tape of the Royal Wedding, and Ephemera
Description of series:
Series I: Books
These books are part of the catalogued Special Collections Russel Nye Popular Culture Collection.
|1||1||List of the Books in the Collection|
Series II:Includes the following issues of People Weekly:
People Weekly the Diana Years Photo Special Collectors’ Edition, c1996
People Weekly Tribute Diana Princess of Wales 1961-1997 Special Collector’s Issue, Fall, 1997
People Weekly the Diana Years, Commemorative Edition, c1997
People Weekly 25 Years Special Anniversary Issue, March 15-22, 1999
People Weekly 25 Amazing Years Collector’s Edition, c1999
People Weekly Favorite Pictures Special Collector’s Edition, c2000
Diana an Amazing Life, the People Cover Stories 1981-1997, n.d.
Series III:Includes the following issues of Majesty:
|2||Vol. 4, #6-9, 11-12|
|Vol. 5, #1-4, 6-8, 10|
|Vol. 6, #1,12|
|Vol. 7, #8,10,12|
|Vol. 8, #2-3, 7-11|
|Vol. 9, #1-12|
|Vol. 10, #1-9|
|Vol. 11, #2-12|
|Vol. 12, #1-6|
|Vol. 13, #9|
|Commemorative Issue, 1961-1997, n.d.|
Series IV:Includes the following issues of Royalty Monthly:
|3||Vol. 3, #5-6, 8-9, 11-12|
|Vol. 4, #1,5-6,9,12|
|Vol. 5, #10-11|
|Vol. 6, #7-9,11|
|Vol. 7, #4,6-8,10|
|Vol. 8, #1-12|
|Vol. 9, #1-12|
|Vol. 10, #1-12|
|Vol. 13, #4,8|
|Royalty Monthly Special Forever in Our Hearts Diana, Princess of Wales 1961-97, n.d.|
Series V:Includes the following miscellaneous magazine issues:
|4||A & E Monthly August 1996|
|Entertainment Weekly September 19, 1997|
|Good Housekeeping August, 1992|
|Illustrated London News|
|Life February, 1993|
|McCall’s December, 1997|
|Spy November, 1991|
|U.S. News and World Report September 15, 1997|
|Vogue October, 1997|
Series VI:Includes the following pamphlets under 50 pages, unpaged items, items without OCLC cataloging records, a cassette tape of the royal wedding, and ephemera.
|5||1991 the Wales Family Royalty Calendar|
|Charles, Diana and William a Royal Family, c1983|
|Diana Her Latest Fashions, c1984|
|Diana Princess of Wales 1961-1997 a Nation Mourns, n.d.|
|Diana the People’s Princess, Her Royal Life in Pictures, n.d.|
|Diana the People’s Princess, the Tribute to Diana, OK! Special Issue, n.d.|
|Diana the Portrait Authorized Calendar 2005|
|Prince and Princess of Wales’ Wedding Day, c1981|
|Princess Diana a Queen of Fashion, n.d.|
|Princess Diana Queen of Hearts Collectors’ Edition n.d.|
|Princess Diana Queen of Hearts in Memoriam, AC Verlag, 1997|
|Queen’s Silver Jubilee, n.d.|
|Royal Family Pop-Up Book, c1984|
|Royal Line of Succession, 1986|
|Royal Map,  OCLC #5500632|
|Royal Wedding, 60 minute cassette tape|
|Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales on Tour in British Columbia, Canada April 30 to May 7, 1986, 1986|
|Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales the Canadian Royal Tour June 14-July 1, 1983, c1983|
|Tribute to Princess Diana 1961-1997, n.d.|