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French Revolution and Napoleon Manuscripts, 1788-181

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 4606
  • Size: 1027 items Original documents, mostly autograph signed letters or ALS
  • Subject: Europe
  • Subject: France
  • Subject: Cornell University
  • Abstract: Manuscript documents and correspondence, mainly government documents, covering the period 1788-1815 [bulk]

Habicht, Jean-Pierre papers

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 3679
  • Size: 10 cubic fee Correspondence, Publication
  • Subject: France
  • Subject: College of Human Ecology
  • Subject: Southeast Asia
  • Abstract: Includes correspondence, publications, reviews and subject files concerning Habicht's international work in nutrition and epidemiology and with the World Health Organization

Harmand, François-Jules papers, 1845-1956

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 3481
  • Size: 4.7 cubic ft.
  • Subject: France
  • Subject: Cornell University
  • Subject: Southeast Asia
  • Abstract: Personal and official correspondence; autobiographical notes and diaries; medical reports concerning French Navy personnel; photographs; diplomatic reports; archaeological, botanical, and ethnographic accounts concerning Southeast Asia and its people; and documents pertaining to the Tonkin expedition (1873) led by Francis Garnier, in which Harmand participated, including numerous maps and drawings, some by Harmand, reports and journals, and a genealogical table of the Vietnamese royal family Nguyêñ. Speeches, military intelligence reports and maps, and contemporary copies of the Annamite Proclamation of June 8, 1883, and the Ultimatum of the Convention of Hue (1883) with Harmand's commentary; also included are reports concerning political, economic, and social conditions and a proposal for establishing a French telegraphic line; letters, which Harmand acquired while consul in Bangkok, to M. Blancheton, an earlier French consul to Siam, from the French trader and explorer, Jean Dupuis, who was also a member of the Garnier expedition, and notes detailing the development of French interest and influence in Southeast Asia (author, unknown, n.d.) are included. Additional diplomatic documents consist of photographs and dispatches concerning military affairs and cultural traditions in India (1885-1890); a photograph album and dispatches both sent and received while Minister Plenipotentiary to Japan (1894-1906)

Lafayette Collection (Arthur H. and Mary Marden Dean Lafayette Collection), 1245-193

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 4611
  • Size: 49.3 linear ft. Manuscripts, correspondence, documents, broadsides, microfilms, graphics, books, memorabilia
  • Subject: Europe
  • Subject: France
  • Abstract: 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 http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/lafayette/

La Forte collection, 1784-1797

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 4711
  • Size: 6.2 cubic ft. Letters, receipts, other documents
  • Subject: France
  • Abstract: Letters, receipts, and other documents addressed to or received from officials in the Regie des poudres et salpêtres in Paris and the departments and districts of France, and saltpeter manufacturers, chiefly relating to gunpowder production. Other topics covered include Parisian politics, the state of the French economy, the shift to paper currency, and dissatisfaction among the workers

Lamartine, Alphonse de letter, May 10, 1862

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 4600
  • Size: 1 leaf
  • Subject: France
  • Subject: Cornell University
  • Abstract: Letter concerning the subscription organized by Lamartine for the publication of his complete works

Letters of Washington, Franklin, and Lafayette, 1744-1830

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 4600-548
  • Size: 30 items Original documents, mostly autograph signed letters or ALS
  • Subject: Europe
  • Subject: France
  • Abstract: Manuscript documents and correspondence about the American and French Revolutions, covering the period 1744-1830

Letters to Ernst Curtius and Ernst Robert Curtiu

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 6957
  • Size: 1 cubic foot (circa 140 items) Correspondence, Manuscript
  • Subject: Europe
  • Subject: France
  • Abstract: Letters to Ernst Curtius and Ernst Robert Curtius, covering the period 1841-195

Maurepas collection, 1694-1749

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 4614
  • Size: 4.8 linear ft. (694 items) Manuscripts, administrative documents, correspondence.
  • Subject: France
  • Abstract: Manuscripts, documents, and correspondence from Maurepas's administrative files, documenting his activities as overseer of the country's maritime affairs and of the royal household. Includes letters and documents concerning the War of the Austrian Succession, France's support for the Jacobite cause of Charles Edward, the Young Pretender, in England, and other aspects of French foreign policy; the finances of the French navy; diplomatic relations and commerce with other countries such as Spain, Russia, and Portugal; shipbuilding, navigation, scientific expeditions, and taxation.

Nodier, Charles papers, 1778-1951.

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 4616
  • Size: 10 linear ft. Correspondence, essays, poems, journals, printed articles and pamphlets, documents, clippings, photographs, glass-plate negatives, and other materials.
  • Subject: France
  • Abstract: Papers of Charles Nodier, a French librarian and author who was associated with the Romantic movement.

Santerre collection of Charles X, 1535-1855

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 4603
  • Size: 10.2 linear ft.
  • Subject: Europe
  • Subject: France
  • Abstract: Business correspondence, accounts, statements, receipts, vouchers, deeds, transcripts of transactions, and notes, mainly written or collected by the personal or family treasurers of the Comte d'Artois (including his reign as King Charles X) and of his grandson, the count of Chambord and duke of Bordeaux. The collection documents the management of the Comte d'Artois's personal and household finances from 1773 until his permanent exile following the July Revolution of 1830, with documents concerning some family estates extending back to 1535. It also documents the management of the Comte de Chambord's personal and household finances through 1855. Most items are from the pre-Revolutionary period (1773-1789), the Restoration (1814-1830), or items concerning the Comte de Chambord (from 1828-1855), including expenses for his education and begging letters received by him or his tutors. Materials from Restoration period include a complete set of annual accounts of the Comte d'Artois's household from 1815-1830