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Chinard, Gilbert, 1881-1972
Gilbert Chinard Papers
Manuscripts Division
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20 boxes
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ReCAP (rcpxm): 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


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of Gilbert Chinard and Jules A. Baisnee, two trustees of the Institut, printed volumes (in French) in its Historical Documents series of publications, and many other small works published by the Institut, often edited by Chinard, relating to Franco-American studies.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 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 Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
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ReCAP (rcpxm): Boxes 1-19; 3A