Contents and Arrangement

Sorrel Family, Genealogy and miscellaneous, 1757-1885

1 folder

Collection Overview

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.

Collection History

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.

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:

Sorrel Family, Genealogy and miscellaneous; Gilbert Chinard Collection of French Historical Material, C0428, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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