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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princeton University Library Collection of Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, Materials
Manuscripts Division
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2 boxes and 1.8 linear feet
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2


Consists of selected letters and documents of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of selected letters and documents of Napoleon Bonaparte, first Emperor of the French, as well as couple of items relating to Napoléon François Charles Joseph Bonaparte, Herzog von Reichstadt, 1811-1832 (Napoleon II), and Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873. Some materials are accompanied by typed transcriptions and English translations.


Folders are arranged in accession number order.

Collection History


"Liste des Aides de Camp" was a gift of Chas. A. D. Burk in 1909 .

"Minutes au Major General", letter to the minister of Interior, and letter to Ronat were a gift of Francis F. Rosenbaum, Princeton Class of 1920, and Friend of the Library, in Feb. 1941 .

Document relating to citizen Lefebvre was a gift of Cyrus H. McCormick, in March 1947 .

Dissolution of marriage document was a gift of Mrs. David A. Reed, in Feb. 1955 .

Lock of Napoleon's hair, etc., was a gift of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Moore, Princeton Class of 1926, on August 1974 .

Letter of Napoleon III, was a gift of William H. Morris, Princeton Class of 1932, on April 1976 .

Engraving of Napoléon François Charles Joseph Bonaparte, King of Rome (Napoleon II), was a gift of Charles Ruas, 2015 . (AM 2016-13)

Portrait engravings of Napoleon Bonaparte were gifts of Charles Ruas, 2015 . (AM 2016-20)

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

This collection was processed by Dina Britain on August 22, 2006. Finding aid written by Dina Britain on August 22, 2006. Folder inventory added by James Clark '14 in 2012.

Finding aid updated by Faith Charlton in August 2015.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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:

Princeton University Library Collection of Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, Materials; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2