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MS Fr 218

Greenough, C. R., compiler. C. R. Greenough Académie française autograph album, 1722-1891: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: f
Call No.: MS Fr 218
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Greenough, C.R., compiler.
Title: C. R. Greenough Académie française autograph album,
Date(s): 1722-1891.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 volume (.1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in French.
Abstract: Autographs of members of the French Academy, Paris.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

45M-576. Gift of John W. Lowes of the Académie française; received: 1945 December.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

C. R. Greenough Académie Française Autograph Album, 1722-1891 (MS Fr 218). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Recognized by Cardinal Richelieu in 1635 as a literary organization of 40 members, the French Academy attempts to govern French literary efforts, grammar, orthography, and rhethoric.


Arranged alphabetically by name.

Scope and Contents

Contains autograph letters and cartes-de-visite of members of the Académie française. The collection was compiled by C. R. Greenough and contains personal letters and correspondence of the members of l'Académie française from 1650-1891. The correspondence largely involves personal meetings, candidacy for election, literary reviews, and orthographic discussions. There are comments on essays and books that were written by and traded amongst members. Some correspondence originates from the Ministre de l'Intérior, the Ministre de l'Instruction Publique, the Université de France, and the Grande-Chancellerie de la Légion d'Honneur.

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