Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: Correspondence, 1788-1842

34 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists, first, of a very large group (A) of letters, often accompanied by reports or other documents, which were received by Beauharnais, now arranged alphabetically. The correspondence (1805-1824) is overwhelmingly military in nature, primarily from French (and a few Italian, Bavarian, and Austrian) generals, marshals, government officials, and aide-de-camps, relating to the campaigns in Italy, Russia, and Germany before Napoleon's defeat.

The second group (B) in this series is a file of subject-related correspondence to and from Beauharnais and others. These letters and related documents primarily concern the final, unsuccessful campaign against Austria of 1814, Beauharnais' subsequent settlement in Bavaria, and the negotiations for reclamation of his property in Italy.

Third (C) in this series are nine letterbook volumes and one box of loose drafts of copies of letters (1805-1824) by Beauharnais to various military officers and government officials spanning his adult career.

Throughout the papers there is very little family or social correspondence.


This series is arranged into three subseries: General Correspondence to EB, A-Z, Subject-Related Correspondence of EB and Others, and Letterbooks and Drafts of Correspondence from EB to Various People.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by David Rollo, Barbara Volz and John Delaney in 1991. Finding aid written by David Rollo, Barbara Volz and John Delaney in 1991.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

Series 1: Correspondence; Eugène de Beauharnais Collection, C0645, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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