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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Miscellaneous European Documents Collection
Manuscripts Division
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Consists of miscellaneous documents and manuscripts from European and North African countries about politlcal, religious, or colonial matters between the 16th and 19th century. The countries include England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Ireland, and Poland.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This is an open collection of documents and manuscripts (some official) from several European countries, including England, France, Germany, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Poland, Ireland, and Switzerland. Most of the documents shed light on daily life or on official, political, religious, or colonial matters in Europe between the 16th and the 19th centuries. They include marriage certificates, deeds, bills of sale, indictments, accounts, patents, passports, power of attorney, appointments, indentures, orders, reports, law cases, purchase agreements, petitions, warrants, extracts of meetings, last will and testaments, papal decrees, and a mansucript of the Comédie Française for King Louis XV. Some of the names associated with the material include Marie Antoinette, Henry II, King of France, Baron Thomas Fairfax, Charles IX, King of France, Louis XIV and Louis XVI, Kings of France, Mary Stuart, Queen of the Scots, Mary II, Queen of England, John, 2nd Earl of Rochester, Queen Victoria of England, Albert, Prince Consort of Queen Victoria, Sir Henry Carew, Sir George Villiers Buckingham, George III, King of England, Maximillian I, Holy Roman Emperor, Cardinal Rohan, and many more monarchs, sovereigns, dignitaries, and officials, as well as common individuals.

Also included are documents about Morocco in Portuguese.


Arranged in alphabetical order by country of origin, and then by date.

Collection History


This collection was formed from multiple accessions. Accession numbers are listed at the file level.

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 in 2009. Finding aid written by Elizabeth Mulvey in December 2009.

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:

Miscellaneous European Documents Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-5