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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Fr 218

C. R. Greenough Académie française autograph album,

Autographs of members of the French Academy, Paris.


  • 1722-1891.

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in French.

Conditions Governing Access

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


1 collection (1 volume (.1 linear ft.))

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.

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.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

45M-576. Gift of John W. Lowes of the Académie française; received: 1945 December.
Greenough, C. R., compiler. C. R. Greenough Académie française autograph album, 1722-1891: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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