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Collection Overview

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
French Revolution Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of selected correspondence, manuscripts, and documents from the time of the French Revolution.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of selected correspondence, manuscripts, and documents from the time of the French Revolution. Correspondents include A. M. Marron, Gilbert Romme, and other French officials, such as the minister of public safety, the minister of justice, the minister of weights and measures, and the minister of public works. The documents include arrest warrants, paper currency, bills, receipts, certificates of citizenship, and accounts. The manuscripts Include a signed copy of "Hymne pour la Fédération Française en 1792", in verse, which is an unpublished variant of Chénier's "Chant du 14 Juillet, 1790." Also included is an English copy of a French narrative of the treatment experiences by the French deporté transported from Rochefort to Cayenne, dated Sept. 30, 1798. The collection also includes an incomplete, original, holograph manuscript in the hand of the French Revolutionary journalist and pamphleteer Camille Desmoulins, written for one of his celebrated periodicals, the " Revolutions de France et de Brabant or the Vieux Cordelier. The document refers to one of the most significant events of the early period of the Revolution, the assembly at the Champ de Mars, which took place on July 14, 1790.


Arranged by accession number.

Collection History


The Camille Desmoulins manuscript was a gift of S. W. Jackson in 1956. Various AM.

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Finding aid written by James Flannery on February 17, 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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.

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:

French Revolution Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1