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- Chinard, Gilbert, 1881-1972
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- Gilbert Chinard Collection of French Historical Material
- Manuscripts Division
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- 1494-1905 (mostly 1761-1885)
- 4 boxes and 1.7 linear feet
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-4
- English French
Contains historical and literary manuscripts collected by Gilbert Chinard (1881-1972), a Franco-American scholar who was associated with the Institut Français de Washington from 1928 and was Pyne Professor of French at Princeton University, 1937-50. His published work was on French literature and the history of Franco-American relations.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection contains miscellaneous French manuscripts, correspondence, documents, photographs, and broadsides and other printed matter collected by Chinard: 18th-century material of the Tarbé family, including manuscripts of poems, songs, and theatrical works, correspondence, and printe matter of Louis-Hardouin Tarbé (1753-1806), and correspondence of his father, a Sens (France) printer; miscellaneous 18th- and 19th-century papers of the Sorrel family, including letters written by Antoine-François Sorrel (1737-1830) to his father before becoming a cartographer and engineer on Saint Dominigue, West Indies; letters by the French writer Jules Claretie (1840-1913); bound manuscripts--a treatise dealing with the "respective powers and prerogatives of the royal power," a French textbook on geometry for children, and 19th-century French specifications for artillery emplacements and carriages; and letters by Pope Pius VII, cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church, and archbishops of Sens.
In addition, there are documents dating from the Revolutionary and Republican periods, including letters (1788-1797) from the French consul in Baltimore concerning political and economic relations between France and Maryland; some material about the American explorer John Charles Fremont, including a brief biography, a pencil portrait, and a letter by him to Alexander Vattemare; several folders of 18th-century Louisiana material; and about 90 letters (1699-1889) in English, mostly by minor writers and artists.
Arranged in alphabetical order, personal names and subjects interfiled.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Chinard, Gilbert, 1881-1972
Chinard was a Franco-American scholar who was associated with the Institut Français de Washington from 1928 and was Pyne Professor of French at Princeton University, 1937-1950. His published work was on French literature and the history of Franco-American relations.
Acquired from Gilbert Chinard.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
Transferred to Graphic Arts: Boulet, comte de. Drawings to go with Atala by vicomte François-René de Chateaubriand. 2 slipcases (55.5 x 66.75 cm.) and 3 framed drawings.
- Processing Information:
This collection was processed in 2002. Finding aid written in 2002.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Collection is open for research use.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
- Credit this material:
Gilbert Chinard Collection of French Historical Material; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Subject Terms:
- Authors, English.
Bishops -- France -- Sens -- 17th century.
Cardinals -- France -- 19th century.
Church and state -- France -- Catholic Church -- 18th century.
Dioceses -- France -- Sens -- 17th century.
French drama -- 18th century.
French poetry -- 18th century.
Geometry -- Study and teaching -- France -- 18th century.
Military engineering -- France -- 19th century.
Printing -- France -- Sens -- 18th century.
- Genre Terms:
- Claretie, Jules, 1840-1913
Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890
Sorrel, Antoine-François, 1737-1830
Tarbé, Louis-Hardouin, 1753-1806
- France -- History -- Second Republic, 1848-1852 -- Sources.
France -- History -- 1789-1815 -- Sources.
France -- Diplomatic and consular service -- Maryland -- 18th century.
Louisiana -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Maryland -- Politics and government -- 18th century.