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Karađorđević Royal Family Photographs


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

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The Karađorđević family is a short-lived Serbian royal dynasty, founded in the early 1800s by Karađorđe Petrović, the Veliki Vožd of Serbia during the First Serbian Uprising. In 1918, after a litany of assassinations over the proceeding decades, the Kingdom of Serbia merged with the provisional State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs to become a Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, with Karađorđe Petrović's grandson, Peter I, as it's ruler. The Kingdom was once again renamed in 1929, this time becoming the Kingdom of Yugoslavia under Alexander I, son of Peter I. The throne was officially lost under Peter II when the League of Communists of Yugoslavia seized power in November 1945.

Consists of twenty one photographs and photographic postcards of the Karađorđević royal family of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and Serbia. The photgraphs mainly feature members of the monarchy, as well as various government officials and a few military events.

Most of the photographs are portraits or candids of members of the royal family, specifically childhood photos of Princes Peter, Tomislav, and Andrew. Also included are a few photographs of their father, Alexander I of Yugoslavia, who served as the King of Yugoslavia (known as the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes until 1929) from 1921 to 1934. Alexander I was assasinated in 1934 by Vlado Chernozemski, a member of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization, while being driven through the streets of France on a state visit. His assassination was one of the first captured on film. Two of the portraits are signed by Turkish-Armenian photographer Boghos Tarkulian, who operated out of the Phebus studio in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire. Also included is a print of a portrait of famed Colonel-General of the Austrian Imperial Army Hermann Kusmanek von Burgneustädten.

Gift of Alfred E. Bush in June 2017 (AM 2017-160).

This collection was processed by Chloe Pfendler in March 2018. Finding aid written by Chloe Pfendler in March 2018.

No materials were removed from the collection during 2018 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
Chloe Pfendler
Finding Aid Date
Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

Physical Description

2 boxes

Photographs, circa 1900-1930. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Photographs, circa 1900-1930. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Print, Suggest