Contents and Arrangement

Materials Related to the Ordre Asiatique de Morale Universelle, circa 1834-1912

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Includes a typewritten statement and bibliography regarding d'Eldir and Ordre Asiatique contemporaries, J. B. M. Gence and Agricol-Joseph Fortia d'Urban; original certificates and a handwritten copy of a certificate from the Cercle de la Noble Porte and the Ordre Asiatique to Villenave and le Baron de Saint-Mexant, Armand-Charles; printed and handwritten copies of speeches by Alina d'Eldir; a handwritten copy of the statutes of the organization; a handwritten timeline of the founding of the organization; and on the verso of the timeline a handwritten inventory of letters from Fortia d'Urban and Villenave. The copies are undated.


As materials were not received in original order, materials were arranged by creator and topic.

Collection History

Custodial History

This collection was initially formed by Mathieu-Guillaume-Thérèse Villenave. However, the collection includes materials that post-date Villenave's death, which indicates that it likely passed through several hands. One such item is Hans Fellner's (possibly Hans Fellner, the book dealer) book plate, which could serve as evidence of the collection's provenance.


No materials were removed from the collection during 2019 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Alice Griffin in July 2019. Finding aid written by Alice Griffin in July 2019.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

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:

Materials Related to the Ordre Asiatique de Morale Universelle; Mathieu-Guillaume-Thérèse Villenave's Collection on Alina d'Eldir, C1624, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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d'Eldir, Alina. Méditations en prose , par une dame indienne. Paris: Imprimerie de Mme. V. Porthmann, 1828. Gence, Jean-Baptiste-Modeste. Sur l'Institution de l'ordre moral asiatique universel, fondée en 1832 sous le nom de la Noble porte de l'Élysée par la sultane indienne Alina d'Eldir. Paris: Imprimerie de L. Thomassin, 1839. Titres constatant la naissance dans l'Inde de la Sultane Alina d'Eldir. Paris: Imprimerie de J.-B. Gros, 1846. Villenave, Mathieu-Guillaume-Thérèse. "Méditations en prose, par une dame indienne (La Sultane d'Eldir)." Revue encyclopedique ou analyse raisonnée des productions les plus remarquables dans la littérature, les sciences et les arts, par une réunion de membres de l'institut et d'autres hommes de lettres 38 (1828): 676-682.

Alletz, Édouard 1798-1850
Deldir, Alina
Fortia d'Urban, Agricol Joseph François, marquis de, 1756-
Gence, Jean-Baptiste-Modeste, 1755-1840
Mercier, Charles