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MS Breton 12

Mordiern, Meven, recipient. Meven Mordiern Letters from F. François Vallée and Others, 1915-1948: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Breton 12
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Mordiern, Meven, recipient.
Title: Meven Mordiern letters from F. François Vallée and others,
Date(s): 1915-1948 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in Breton and French.
Abstract: Letters sent to Breton author René Leroux (known as Meven Mordiern) from F. François Vallée and others.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

48M-303 (12). Gift of René Leroux (Meven Mordiern), through Comte Roland de Koedgourhedhen; received: 1949 May 13.

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Meven Mordiern Letters from F. François Vallée and Others, 1915-1948 (MS Breton 12). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

See also bMS Breton 1-11 in a separate finding aid (hou00967).

Biographical / Historical

Meven Mordiern (1878-1949) (real name René Leroux, or René Le Roux) was a author in the history of Breton literature. He was born in Bordeaux the son of an army doctor. He later studied at the Lycée Condorcet in Paris. During his childhood he became interested in the history and the culture of the Celts to the extent that he devoted his entire life to their study and eventually adopted a Breton name of Meven Mordiern. [Source listed below: Galand.]
Adolphe François-Marie Vallée (1860-1949) was an expert linguist of the Breton language. His most important work was the Grand Dictionnaire Français-Breton, aided by Meven Mordiern and Émile Ernault in 1931 .


For additional information see: Galand, René, "The history of a calling: Meven Mordiern's Autobiographical writings" (1997) French Faculty Scholarship. Paper 1. http://repository.wellesley.edu/frenchfaculty/1.


Arranged chronologically, with undated material at end.

Scope and Contents

Primarily autograph manuscript and typescript letters and postcards to René Leroux (Meven Mordiern), from his close friend and collaborator F. François Vallée. Also includes: letters to Mordiern from François Laurel, E. Deschamp, Frañsez Kervella, and Roparz Hemon; and clippings.

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