Contents and Arrangement

Olivier. La Mémoire engloutie., 1990

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Inscribed copy.

Check-in observation: Inscribed: "Pour Marguerite et Jacques cette petite fadre marine… Avec ma fidèle amitié Jean Michel"


Arranged in original shelf order as reflected in the inventory conducted prior to packing the Library for shipping to Princeton University Library. Shelf order is roughly alphabetical by author albeit with frequent topically associated insertions and disturbances. The exact location of this run in the house is unknown; the breaks in alphabetical sequence and nature of material possibly represent transitions between rooms or shelves.

Sections L-M-N of the alpha run are intermixed, as are P-Q-R-S as well as U-V-W-Y- Z, respectively. The alpha run is further interrupted between "Laruelle" (sequential inventory identifier 3865) and "Meyer" (sequential inventory identifier 4036) by a group of works by authors beginning with the letter "R," works by or about Derrida, and others. A group of works by authors beginning with the letters J-K-L follows the end of the main alpha run, beginning with "Jablonka" (sequential inventory identifier 6780) and ending with "Kinsella" (sequential inventory identifier 7334.) That section is followed by a group consisting largely of serial issues (sequential inventory identifier 7335-7856) and another of seemingly unsorted but largely inscribed volumes (sequential inventory identifier 7857-8193).) A second pocket of works by or about Derrida concludes the run of gift books, ending at sequential inventory identifier 8719. It is followed by a small number of inscribed travel books.


Publisher: Mercure de France

Collection History

Processing Information

Processed based on dealer data using a database and XQuery workflow by Regine Heberlein and Donald Thornbury. Data entry and other invaluable assistance provided by Nick Williams '15 and Donald Thermesi.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions.

Credit this material:

Olivier. La Mémoire engloutie.; The Library of Jacques Derrida, House Series, RBD1-1, Rare Book Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Related Materials

The bulk of Jacques Derrida's papers, including his student work, documents relating to his teaching, publications, and conference activities, and audio and video recordings are housed at the University of California Irvine as part of the Critical Theory Archive. For the online finding aid to the Jacques Derrida Papers at Irvine, click here.

A duplicate set of the manuscripts housed at Irvine is available under the collection name Fonds Jacques Derrida at the Institut mémoires de l'édition contemporaine. For the online finding aid at IMEC, click here.

Other Finding Aids

Click here to access the full inventory of the Studio series.

Separated Materials

At the time of acquisition, inserted material had been systematically removed from a subset of volumes and placed in a number of subject-based boxes and envelopes. Notes received by PUL from the dealer reflect this and are quoted in this finding aid in the interest of making the history of the collection's custodial interventions fully transparent.

All separated insertions received by PUL were re-inserted upon receipt of the collection in an effort to preserve archival context and service the collection as close as possible to its working state.

A small number of separated insertions were not received by PUL and are so identified in the finding aid.

Genre Terms:
Inscriptions (Provenance)