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MS Fr 416

Ruines de Strasbourg 1870: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: pf
Call No.: MS Fr 416
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Ruines de Strasbourg 1870,
Date(s): 1870.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 volume (.2 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in French and German.
Abstract: Photographs from the Franco-Prussian war depicting the 1870 Siege of Strasbourg.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*43M-456PF. Gift of Mr. John T. Spaulding, 73 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts; received: 1943.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Ruines de Strasbourg 1870 (MS Fr 416). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

For additional photograph albums that were part of this accession see: pfMS Fr 591 and pfMS Fr 592.

Biographical / Historical

In July of 1870 Prussian statesman, Prince von Bismarck provoked France, and French Emperor Napoléon III declared war on Prussia. The German offensive was efficient, the French mobilisation was not. The Prussians surrounded Strasbourg, France and on 15 August 1870 opened fire on the city and commenced a 50-day siege. The suffering of the city subsided somewhat on the 7th of September after the imperial disaster of Sedan, the arrest of Napoléon III, and the proclamation of the Republic in Paris. But by October 1870, Strasbourg was practically on its knees. The city was severely damaged and its population suffered from famine and illness. The final blow was dealt when the Treaty of Frankfurt was signed on the 10th of May 1871 and Strasbourg was annexed to Germany.
Sir Richard Wallace (1818-1890) was an English art collector and philanthropist.

Scope and Contents

A few of the photographs appear to depict Strasbourg prior to the destruction of the siege of 1870, but most are photos of the ruins after the bombardment. All photos were taken by the firms Baudelaire, Saglio & Peter or Saglio & Peter and are albumen prints. This collection of photographs was bound for Sir Richard Wallace. Selections from at least two series of photographs are included: Siège de Strasbourg - 1870 and Strasbourg.
The photographs were assigned consecutive item numbers in the repository. Titles were taken from the printed or handwritten caption beneath each view and no dates appear on any image.

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