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MS Fr 592

Commune de Paris (France : 1871) photograph albums, 1871: 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 592
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Commune de Paris (France : 1871) photograph albums,
Date(s): 1871.
Quantity: 1 collection (12 volumes (2 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in French.
Abstract: 12 volumes of photographs relating to the Paris Commune of 1871 .

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

43M-455PF. 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. For additional information concerning provenance, see 1916 letter found in Volume 12, now moved to curatorial file.

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:

Commune de Paris (France : 1871) Photograph Albums, 1871 (MS Fr 592). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

For additional photograph albums that were part of this accession see: pfMS Fr 416 and pfMS Fr 591.

Biographical / Historical

The Paris Commune [La Commune de Paris] or Fourth French Revolution was an insurrection in Paris against the French government from March 18 to May 28, 1871. It occurred in the wake of France's defeat in the Franco-German War and the collapse of Napoleon III's Second Empire (1852–70). In a formal sense, the Paris Commune simply acted as the local authority, the city council, which exercised power in Paris for two months. However, the conditions under which it formed, its controversial decrees, and its violent end made it one of the more important political episodes of the time.
Sir Richard Wallace (1818-1890) was an English art collector and philanthropist.


Organized in volume number order.

Scope and Contents

Photographs in these albums all concern the destruction in the city of Paris and its surrounding area by the insurrection of the Paris Commune of 1871. Titles of albums are taken from spine and/or album cover. Most images have manuscript or printed captions, some list photographers such as: Collard; Thiersault (Paris); Ferrier et Lecadre; and Meurvilly? All albums bound in half red Morocco. This collection of photographs was bound for Sir Richard Wallace.

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