date(s):
1928-1992
type(s):
Documentary Artifacts; Collection
A0977 Maravich, Stephen Papers Inventory of Stephen Maravich Papers A0977 EAD by Jaime Bourassa using ArchivesSpace Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center 2017 225 S. Skinker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 archives@mohistory.org URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-09-27 06:38:55 -0500 . English Describing Archives: A Content Standard English Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center Stephen Maravich Papers Maravich, Svetozar (Steven), 1907-1992 A0977 1.2 Cubic Feet (2 boxes; 1 oversize box) 1928-1992 Serbian Processing Information Processed by Dina Young, April 1999. Donor Information The Steven Maravich Papers were donated to the Missouri Historical Society by the Estate of Steven and Helen Maravich, administered by Randall Louis Chuck, in 1998 (1998.300). Biographical Sketch Steven (Svetozar) Maravich was born in St. Louis on April 10, 1907, the son of Nikola Maravich, an early Serbian immigrant who came to St. Louis in the 1890s. Steven Maravich graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1928 and attended Saint Louis University in 1929 as a pre-med student until a reversal of family finances forced him to leave college after his first year. In 1934, he entered the parking lot business as owner of Stevens Auto Parks. At the peak of his career, he owned nearly 30 lots in downtown St. Louis. In 1937, he married Helen (Jelena) Price of Chicago. During World War II, Maravich served three years with the Air Corps and Military Intelligence Division of the Army, in which he investigated undercover Communist activities in Europe. Following the war, Maravich was elected President of the Serbian Church of St. Louis. In 1948, he was made Vice President of the Serbian Diocese of the United States and Canada, a position he held until 1980. While serving in this capacity, he was selected by Bishop Dionisije as the bishop's personal representative to the World Church Service and Serbian National Defense Council. In this position, it was Maravich’s responsibility to clear all Serbian immigrants prior to their coming to the United States. In all, Maravich assisted in bringing 16,000 Serbian immigrants to this country. In the 1950s, Maravich received the St. Joakim Medal from his Grace Bishop Dionisije, the highest honor ever bestowed on a lay person. In 1986, his Eminence Metropolitan Iriney awarded Maravich the first Gracanica Medal. Maravich was well-known throughout the Serbian community and beyond as a generous philanthropist. He held office in many organizations, including Serbian Brothers Help, Bratska Sloga Lodge #172, and the St. Louis Parking Association, and was an active member of many more church, fraternal, and civic organizations. Steven Maravich died in St. Louis January 29, 1992. Scope and Contents The Steven Maravich Papers consist of correspondence, newspaper articles, programs, photographs, and miscellaneous material which document Maravich’s military service and involvement in church and fraternal activities from the 1940s to the 1990s. Maravich’s deep interest in his Serbian heritage is also revealed within the collection. Arrangement The correspondence is arranged chronologically. Photographs, of both family and church, are located in Box 2, and complete newspapers are filed in Oversize. Separated Materials A photo album of King Peter of Yugoslavia’s visit to St. Louis in 1959 was transferred to the Photographs and Prints Department. Programs removed from the collection are now filed in the Theatre Programs Collection under the name of the presenting organization. The following list of books included in the donation from the Maravich Estate were transferred to the Library. Programs Removed from the Maravich Papers St. Louis Municipal Opera. Bells Are Ringing , starring Julius La Rosa. 1959 Aug 24-Sept 6. St. Louis Municipal Opera. Follies , starring Yvonne DeCarlo. 1972 July 3-9. St. Louis Municipal Opera. Ukrainian Dance Company. 1972 July 18-23. St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra. Second Concert. 1958 Jan 16. St. Louis Symphony Society. Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. 1940 Jan 5-7. St. Louis Symphony Society. Twentieth Symphony Concerts. 1958 Apr 5-6. St. Louis Symphony Society. Tenth Symphony Concerts. 1959 Dec 26-27. St. Louis Symphony Society. Seventeenth Symphony Concerts. 1961 Feb 18-19. St. Louis Symphony Society. Seventeenth Concert Pair (two copies). 1967 Mar 31-Apr 1. Titles Transferred to the Library St. Louis: From Laclede to Land Clearance , 1938. Printed by St. Louis Post-Dispatch .. Images of Our Community - Clayton , 1976. By Members of the Wydown Eighth Grade of 1976. Danforth Foundation Annual Report, 1985-1986 . Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Calendar , 1971. Prayer Book for Orthodox Christians , June 1960. (2 copies) Fiftieth Anniversary Holy Trinity Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church , 1909-1959. (2 copies) 25th Anniversary of the St. Louis Chapter of the Serbian National Defense Council of America, 1942-1967 , June 4, 1967, Serbian Auditorium. 48th Anniversary Celebration of the Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church “Holy Trinity,” September 17 and 18, 1955 . (2 copies) Serbian Dining Gateway Style . Serbian Dining Gateway Style . St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church 50th Anniversary, Our Religious Heritage in America , November 14-15, 1964, Gary, Indiana 65th Anniversary, St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church, 1909-1974 , St. Louis, Missouri. 80th Anniversary Celebration, Holy Trinity Church, St. Louis, Missouri , June 17-18, 1989. Zhivot I Rad Srbi u St. Louis , 1934. Serbian Almanac 1976 , Holy Trinity Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church. Holy Trinity K.S.S. 50th Anniversary , 1928-1978. Looking Forward - Official Organ of the United Slavic Americans , Vol. 1 No. 1, September 1933, St. Louis, Missouri. Slavs With Special Reference to Americans of Slav Ancestry , June 1933, Chicago, For Century of Progress International Exposition. Holy Trinity Church , St. Louis 75th Anniversary Celebration, June 9-10, 1984. The Archive (1929), Saint Louis University Yearbook. Bwana (1928), Roosevelt High School Yearbook. History of Croatian Settlement in St. Louis, Missouri , 1931. Jugoslavenski Sokolski Almanak za Godinu 1933 , Sokol, 1439 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, Missouri. Consecration of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church , Merrillville, Indiana, 1991. Discarded Items The following newspapers included in the donation from the Maravich Estate were not kept by Missouri Historical Society: St. Louis Globe-Democrat Sunday Magazine, 11-20-1966; St. Louis Globe-Democrat Sunday Magazine, 5-5-1963; St. Louis Globe-Democrat Sunday Magazine, 6-6-1971; St. Louis Post-Dispatch Sunday Editorial Section, 9-23-1962; and St. Louis Post-Dispatch Final Edition, 8-9-1974. (The St. Louis Post-Dispatch for these dates is available on microfilm in the Library). Conditions Governing Access The collection is open for research use. Conditions Governing Use For permission to publish, quote from, or reproduce material in this collection, please contact the Archives Reference Desk at archives@mohistory.org . Copyright restrictions may apply. The researcher assumes full responsibility for comforming to the laws of copyright. Physical and Technical Requirements There are no physical or technical restrictions. Related Materials Researchers may also wish to consult the Collections Department for information on the many objects which were donated at the same time as the papers. Preferred Citation Stephen Maravich Papers, Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis. Maravich family -- Genealogy Serbian Americans -- Missouri -- Saint Louis Biographical material: obituaries, eulogy for Helen Maravich, and newspaper articles. No date 1 1 Driver’s licenses; AAA Club membership card; St. Louis Fire Department Box 8 Club membership card; 1939 New York World’s Fair press pass; business card; Saint Louis University certificate; typed letter signed Louis H. Jorstad, Women’s Field Army for the Control of Cancer, May 5, 1941; and ration books (4) and holder, ca. 1942. 1939-1942; no date 1 2 Selective Service registration certificate, notice to appear for physical examination, and order to report for induction. 1940-1942 May 9 1 3 Correspondence regarding application for commission in Army Air Force; letters of recommendation; photographs; and news clippings regarding Army commissions. 1942 May 14-July 11 1 4 Personal correspondence, correspondence regarding commission, certification of Maravich’s status as a special agent of the Counter Intelligence Corps (July 6, 1945), and U.S. Army baggage tag and inspection certificate (November 3, 1945). 1942 July 13-1945 Dec 12 1 5 Correspondence, handwritten notes outlining military service education, list of names and addresses, Bremerhaven Docks pass (October 26, 1949), TWA airline ticket to Munich (December 12, 1951), and letter and newsclip regarding Maravich’s address on displaced persons for Allied Salesmen’s Association (August 5, 1952). 1946 Jan 4-1958 June 29 1 6 Correspondence; reports; memos; by-laws of Serbian National Defense Council of America (Chicago); fliers from Bratska Sloga Society, Federation #172 of the S.N.F.; and flier regarding Eastern Orthodox Church Federation’s annual picnic, SS. Constantine & Helen Greek Church Grounds, East St. Louis, (July 30, 1961?). (nearly all in Serbian, most in Cyrillic, some English) 1959-1961 1 7 Correspondence; memos regarding Serbian National Defense Council and partitioning of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of the United States and Canada; typed letter signed Aloys S. Kaufman to “Dear Chamber (of Commerce) Member” regarding highway projects (November 9, 1962); memo regarding Serbian National Committee of St. Louis (May 15, 1963); flier regarding Vidovdan program, Chicago (June 30, 1963); and flier “Free Americans or Communist Slaves?” regarding partitioning of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of America and Canada, in English, (no date, filed August 6, 1963). Also includes printed card from Jacqueline Kennedy to the Holy Trinity Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church that reads “Mrs. Kennedy is deeply appreciative of your sympathy and grateful for your thoughtfulness.” (nearly all in Serbian, most in Cyrillic, some English) 1962-1963 1 8 Flier from St. Louis Serbian National Committee regarding Right Reverend Dionisije (March 1964); 1964 World Series scorecard booklet, and official program with autograph of Johnny Leonard Roosevelt “Pepper” Martin; 1966 All-Star Game Official Program; by-laws of the Serbian National Defense Council of America (1964) programs from Vidovdan celebrations, St. Louis Chapter and National Serbian Defense Council (1966-1967, 1971); typed letter signed Fred J. Frazer regarding St. Louis Soldiers Memorial, and booklet on memorial (May 6, 1966); and typed letter signed T.K. Milichevich, Chancellery of H.M. The King of Yugoslavia (September 7, 1966). Also typed letter signed August A. Busch, Jr., and Robert Hyland regarding the Media Club (November 21, 1969). (most in Serbian, mostly Cyrillic, some English) 1964-1969 1 9 Booklet, “A Statement by August A. Busch, Jr., to Cardinal Players, St. Petersburg, Florida, (March 22, 1969); typed letter signed Herbert E. Barnard regarding presidency of Jefferson Trust Company (December 15, 1970); certificate, “I Was There When Lou Brock Achieved Hit Number 3000 Busch Memorial Stadium,” (1979); brochure, “Lou Brock Day, September 9, 1979”; ticket stub from Game 3 of 1985 World Series; ticket stub, S.S. Admiral “Grand Opening Gala” (March 12, 1987); St. Louis Cardinals Baseball tickets (August 16, 1987); two blank 1987 St. Louis Cardinals official scorecards; flier, program, and correspondence from Serbfest 1990, Holy Trinity Serbian Church, St. Louis; and flier, Serbian Day Memorial Services, in English, no date. 1970-1992 1 10 Programs. 1 11 “The Yugoslav National Folk Ballet, First American Tour” program and two 8x10 black and white photographs, “Yugoslav National Folk Ballet in St. Louis, 1956,” by Eugene Taylor. 1956 1 11 “Child Welfare Dance Given by Bolanovich-Krajnovich Post No. 572 American Legion and Auxiliary, Serbian Hall, 1910 McNair Ave.” 1966 May 22 1 11 “Serbian Orthodox Choral Association Presents First Choral Festival in Cooperation with the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church Choir of Saint Louis, Missouri.” 1966 May 27-30 1 11 “20th Annual Veterans Baseball Testimonial Day.” 1967 Sept 23 1 11 “Memorial Day Services, Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.” 1969 May 30 1 11 “Commemorative Observance for Gen. Dragoljub-Draza Mihailovich, Marking the 25th Year of his Tragic Death,” Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, St. Louis, Missouri. 1971 July 17-18 1 11 “Normandy High School Fiftieth Commencement Exercise.” 1972 June 8 1 11 “Serbian Orthodox Choral Festival #13, Sponsored by Holy Trinity Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church Choir.” 1978 May 27-28 1 11 Tanasko Milovich . Biographical material on St. Louis artist, includes section of book on Serbs in St. Louis regarding Milovich (1934); newspaper articles; exhibit catalogs; postcards; article by Howard Derrickson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (June 3, 1956); invitation to “new studio” warming (May 2, 1948); and photographs of Tanasko and Catherine Milovich. 1934-1956 2 1 Photograph: Wedding portrait of Serbian couple, Catherine and Tanasko Milovich, 1943 Savo Radulovic . Exhibit catalog (1941) and newspaper article. 1941 2 2 Branislav Tomich . Flier and postcard regarding Tomich’s performance of “Love Guts” at Washington University (1990). 1990 2 3 Maravich family photos. No date 2 4 Photograph: Young women in traditional Serbian dress in front of Holy Trinity Church, 1910 McNair, ca. 1942 Photographs of Holy Trinity Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church, Helen Price Maravich. No date 2 5 Sheet music (1 piece), title and lyrics in Serbian, in envelope. No date OS: Maravich 1 Maravich Family Tree Chart. No date OS: Maravich 1 Steven Maravich Diploma, Roosevelt High School. 1928 OS: Maravich 1 Resolution Number 52, congratulations and best wishes to Svetozar Maravich, St. Louis City Board of Aldermen. 1989 June 2 OS: Maravich 2 House Resolution No. 764, commending Svetozar Maravich, Missouri House of Representatives. 1989 June 6 OS: Maravich 2 Proclamation, Svetozar Maravich Day, Office of the Mayor, City of Saint Louis. 1989 June 18 OS: Maravich 2 Proclamation, Svetozar Maravich Day, St. Louis County, Missouri. 1989 June 18 OS: Maravich 2 Hand-lettered signs: “Lamb Dinner $8.00", “Menu...” No date OS: Maravich 3 Printed sign “‘Ziveli!’ Serbfest ‘91." (2 copies) 1991 Sept 28-29 OS: Maravich 3 Newsclipping, “Serbian Wedding in St. Louis,” with pictures of Steven and Helen Maravich, St. Louis Post-Dispatch . 1938 Nov 27 OS: Maravich 4 Newspaper, Napredak Progress Semi-monthly Organ of the American Yugoslav in St. Louis and the Middle West. 1940 Mar 1 OS: Maravich 4 Newspaper, St. Louis Post-Dispatch , Sunday Pictures section, includes map of downtown St. Louis with some of Steven Maravich’s parking lots labeled. 1960 Apr 10 OS: Maravich 4 Newspaper, St. Louis Globe-Democrat , Extra edition, “Nazi Army Invades Poland,” headline. 1939 Sept 1 OS: Maravich 5 Newspaper, St. Louis Globe-Democrat , “Nixon Resigns,” headline. 1974 Aug 9 OS: Maravich 6 Newspaper, St. Louis Globe-Democrat , “Ford Takes Over,” headline, section A only. 1974 Aug 10-11 OS: Maravich 6 Patent, declaring Steven Maravich a Master of the Royal Secret of the 32 Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite (Freemason). 1953 Apr 17 OS: Maravich 7 Typed letter signed H. H. Balsiger to “My dear Brother,” regarding presentation of the 32 Degree Freemason Patent. No date OS: Maravich 7