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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Can 1

Charles Chadenat collection of manuscripts on French Canada


Collection of material dealing with the French in Canada formed by Charles Chadenat, a bookseller and collector in Paris.


  • Creation: 1590-1822

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and French.

Conditions Governing Access

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

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2.5 linear feet (6 boxes)

This collection of documents was formed by Charles Chadenat, a bookseller of Paris, evidently from whatever material chanced to come his way dealing with the French in Canada. In most instances, the connection with Canada is direct; in a few it is merely a signature of Canadian interest on a document not otherwise bearing on the subject. Coming as it does from many sources, the collection covers many different phases of life in New France. A good many documents are concerned with transactions in real property, but many other kinds of affairs are represented, from marriage contracts to pew rentals. The most interesting group of documents dealing with a single subject is that surrounding the estate of the notary Jacques Barbel in 1740-1741.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Chadenat was a bookseller in Paris.


Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Various accession numbers between 47M-61F - 48M-143F. Gift of Dr. William Inglis Morse; received: 1947-1949.

Chadenat, Charles, collector. Charles Chadenat collection of manuscripts on French Canada, 1590-1822: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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