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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Judaica 1

Papers concerning the Dreyfus Affair


Papers concerning the trial of French army officer Alfred Dreyfus.


  • Creation: 1826-1908 and undated

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in Yiddish, French, and English.

Conditions Governing Access

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


1.5 linear feet (1 box)

Contains correspondence, writings, notes, legal documents, record books, photographs, drawings, and other material relating to the Dreyfus affair, as well as a logbook of the first year of Dreyfus's imprisonment on Devil's Island, 1895-1896. Contains visiting cards, autographs, telegrams, photographs, political cartoons, and drawings. Among the legal documents are contracts, passes, affidavits, regulations, and summons. Correspondents include Alfred Dreyfus, Emile Zola, Georges Duruy, Fernand Labori, Marie Georges Picquart. Contains manuscripts of articles and books by Zola, Georges Clemenceau, and others. Also contains notes on the Zola trial by Zola and Labori.

Biographical / Historical

Alfred Dreyfus was a French army officer who was tried for treason in 1894 and imprisoned on Devil's Island.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location

b, pf

Immediate Source of Acquisition

57JM-1. Lee M. FriedmanCollection of Judaica; received: 1957.

Papers concerning the Dreyfus Affair, 1826-1908: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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