Robert Patrick Daily papers
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Robert Patrick Daily papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Daily, Robert Patrick, 1882-1951.
Title: Robert Patrick Daily papers
Dates: 1930
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0196

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Patrick Daily (1882-1951) was a life-long resident of Savannah. He was a local historian and retired grocer. He compiled many articles on Savannah history, including one on the Polish flag of the period of General Casimir Pulaski. This article won him nationwide recognition and a medal from the Republic of Poland. It was published in The Georgia Historical Quarterly, XIV, 303-323 (December 1930) under title, "Finding the lost Flag of Poland."

Scope and Content Note

This collection is a part of the replies Mr. Daily received in the course of his research. It consists of five letters to Mr. Daily, one of his replies, three drawings of the Polish flag and a translation from Neptune Francais (1693) on the flag of the Royal Polish Navy. Includes dialogue regarding the word "Heilingena." Correspondents in addition to Mr. Daily are Henry W. Kent, Secretary of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Victor Podoski of the Polish Embassy, Rudolf Cederstrom(?) of Kungl. Livrustkammaren, Stockholm, and D.L. Listtuer(?) of Generalstaatsarchivar, Vienna.

Index Terms

Daily, Robert Patrick, 1882-1951.
Letters (correspondence)
Poland. Royal Polish Navy.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Materials were acquired from the creator.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Robert Patrick Daily papers, MS 196, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Robert P. Daily, 1930.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: K.W. Kent to R.P. Daily, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1930 January 7
Regarding description of Royal Polish flag and arms. Written in response to queries from Daily.
Item 2: V. Podoski, 1st Secretary of Legation, to Mr. Daily, Washington, D.C., 1930 January 8
Regarding origin of the word "heilingena," discrepancy of insignia eagle: the eagle in 1693 and 1787 wore no crown.
Item 3: R.P. Daily to Henry W. Kent, Secretary, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Savannah, 1830 January 13
Regarding Polish flag 1505-1795 consisted of a white crowned eagle on a red field. Also positing reasons there may be a dearth of information regarding the history of the Polish flag. Believes "Heilingena" to be a misspelling of "Cielengendru." Carbon copy.
Item 4: Rudolf Cederstrom, Kungl. Livrustkammaren to R.P. Daily, Stockholm, 1930 February 10
Regarding response to Daily's queries, "heiligena's" true definition.
Item 5: D.L. Listtuer(?) of Generalstaatsarchivar to R.P. Daily, Vienna, 1930 February 11
Regarding Polish coat of arms, variances in appearance through history. In German or Polish, with translation.
Item 6: V. Podoski, 1st Secretary of Embassy to R.P. Daily. Washington, D.C., 1930 March 29
Regarding an enclosure with definition of "heilingena" and data on the Polish flag.
Item 7: Enclosure from Item 6, sketches of Polish flag with notes in German or Polish
Item 8: Enclosure from Item 6, sketches of Polish flag with notes in German or Polish
Item 9: Enclosure from Item 6, description of Polish flag, "Heilingena," and flag of the Royal Polish Navy
Drawings, description of flags, with notes, by R.P. Daily, undated