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Chinard, Gilbert, 1881-1972
Gilbert Chinard Papers
Manuscripts Division
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20 boxes
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  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Boxes 1-19; 3A


Gilbert Chinard was a Franco-American scholar who taught at Princeton University and was affiliated with the Institut Français de Washington. The organization, established in 1926 to promote the study of French civilization and culture, endeavors to recognize the French influence in North American culture. The collection houses documents and letters concerning the Institution and an autograph manuscript of James Dunn Hufman's translation of Andre Lasseray's Les Français Sous Les Trieze Etoiles.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of correspondence and working papers of Gilbert Chinard. In addition, there is a significant amount of printed material and some correspondence relating to the Institut Français de Washington (D.C.). Included are correspondence of Gilbert Chinard and Jules A. Baisnee, two trustees of the Institut, printed volumes (in French) in its Historical Documents series of publications, and many other small works published by the Institut, often edited by Chinard, relating to Franco-American studies. Also present is an autograph manuscript of James Dunn Hufham's English translation of Les Français Sous Les Treize Etoiles (1775-1783) by Andre Lasseray.

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.

Collection History


Gift of Dr. Francis Pierre Chinard.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2003 and updated in 2012. Finding aid written in 2003 and updated by Jill Baron in 2012.

Alyxandra Cullen, '09, contributed to the biographical note.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Gilbert Chinard Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Boxes 1-19; 3A