Angelika Schmiegelow Powell, Slavic Librarian at the University of Virginia Library - and herself a native of Mecklenburg, Germany - prepared the graphic materials for this exhibit, which was shown in 1994, in Charlottesville, VA, one of the towns in the New World named after the royal bride; and simultaneously in Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Germany, the Queen's birthplace. A Library Faculty Research grant from the University of Virginia Library supported the composition of two sets of 30 pictures, depicting scenes, monuments and personages of Queen Charlotte's life and time. The English set is now permanently housed in the Albemarle County Historical Society Archive. The German edition was deposited in the Stadtmuseum Neustrelitz in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.
Jean L. Cooper, Systems Librarian at the University of Virginia Library, suggested the creation of a World Wide Web hypertext document of this exhibit for global viewing. A second Library Faculty Research grant sponsored this cooperative pilot project. Cooper formatted, rearranged, and selected most of the added English texts for the World Wide Web edition of the exhibit. She also scanned all the pictures. Angelika Powell translated the English texts into German.
In May 1994, Werner K. Sensbach read through 440 of Queen Charlotte's surviving letters, addressed to her favorite brother, Grand Duke Charles II of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, which are kept in the Mecklenburgisches Landeshauptarchiv in Schwerin, Germany. The director of the archive generously agreed to provide photocopies of 460 royal letters for the University of Virginia Library, and granted permission to quote excerpts from them in English and German translations in this hypertext document. Werner Sensbach translated these excerpts from the difficult 18th century French letters into English. Charles Rice, of the University of Virginia Library, prepared the English translation of eight-year old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's French dedication letter to Queen Charlotte for his Opus 3.
This website debuted in 1997, and is updated frequently as more information becomes available to us.
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Continue the exhibit in English.