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MS Fr 591

Siège de Paris photograph albums, 1870-1871: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: pf
Call No.: MS Fr 591
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Siège de Paris photograph albums,
Date(s): 1870-1871.
Quantity: 1 collection (5 volumes (.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in French.
Abstract: 5 volumes of photographs relating to the Siege of Paris of 1870-1871.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

43M-454PF. Gift of Mr. John T. Spaulding, 73 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts; received: 1943.


Albums were created for collector Sir Richard Wallace (1818-1890) and came from his library in Paris.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Siège de Paris Photograph Albums, 1870-1871 (MS Fr 591). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

For additional photograph albums that were part of this accession see: pfMS Fr 416 and pfMS Fr 592.

Biographical / Historical

The Siege of Paris [Siège de Paris] (September 19, 1870 – January 28, 1871) and the consequent capture of the city of Paris by Prussian forces, led to French defeat in the Franco-Prussian War and the establishment of the German Empire as well as the Paris Commune.
Sir Richard Wallace (1818-1890) was an English art collector and philanthropist.


Organized in volume number order.

Scope and Contents

Images all concern the destruction of the city of Paris, France and the surrounding area, after the siege of Paris in 1870-1871. Photographs are by a variety of photographers including: Société Photoglyptique (Paris), Ferrier et Lecadre, Thiersault (Paris), and Thiersault & Lesure. Titles of albums are taken from spine and/or album cover. All albums bound in half red Morocco. This collection of photographs was bound for Sir Richard Wallace.

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