Arthur H. and Mary Marden Dean Lafayette Collection,
Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de Lafayette,
49.3 linear ft.
Manuscripts, correspondence, documents, broadsides,
microfilms, graphics, books, memorabilia.
The Lafayette Collection contains materials by, to or about
Lafayette and his family, with family documents extending back to 1245 and through
the death of Georges Washington Lafayette in 1849. The series "Medals and Coins"
covers a century and a half, up to 1931. The collection includes the oldest existing
letter from Lafayette (1772), long missives he sent to his wife from America during
the Revolution, other letters he wrote while imprisoned in Austria (1792-1797) and
during his 1824-5 trip to the USA; texts of Lafayette's speeches, his commentary on
public events, material compiled for inclusion in his memoirs, financial statements
; many letters from foreign correspondents on the progress of liberal causes in
their countries, including letters from leaders of the Italian revolutionary
movement; notes concerning the Belgian revolution, letters and documents on his
involvement in the Italian and Polish revolutions, and documents concerning the
management of family business affairs, including the management of the family
estates. Some of the more remarkable documents were put on display for the
exhibition "Lafayette, Citizen of Two Worlds" (October 2007-May 2008), whose
electronic version is now accessible online
Language: Collection material in English
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell