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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Span 187

Alfonso de Orléans papers

Personal, political, and family correspondence, diaries, and other documents created following the Spanish Revolution of 1936.


  • circa 1937-1975

Language of Materials

Spanish, English

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research. Formerly restricted until 2000.
Permission to publish must be obtained from the family of Don Alfonso.
This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.
This collection/ a portion of this collection may contain fragile materials that require special care in handling. Please request assistance as needed with fasteners or brittle pages.


18.6 linear feet (27 boxes and 2 suitcases)

These papers document Don Alfonso's political and personal life following the Spanish Civil War in 1936. The bulk of the collection is correspondence and subject files and there is an extensive 40 year run of Don Alfonso's diaries. The bulk of the collection dates to the mid-19th century and the majorty of records deal with Spanish politics and other global events.

Biographical / Historical

Alfonso de Orléans, Duke of Galliera, was a Spanish military aviator and husband of Princess Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, granddaughter of Queen Victoria of England. He was the son of Infanta Eulalia de Borbón (sister of King Alfonso XIII of Spain) and the Duke of Galliera, Antonio de Orleans. Alfonso De Orléans served in the Air Force as commander and general under King Alfonso XIII and later Francisco Franco.


Box level description.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Custodial History

Donated by family, 1966 and 1975.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

66M-195. Gift of family in 1966 March and 1975 November.

Processing Information

Processed by Ashley Nary, 2018
This collection was processed to a basic level with minimal rehousing, organization, and preservation.
Link to catalog
Alfonso de Orléans, Infante of Spain, 1886-1975. Alfonso de Orléans papers, circa 1937-1975 (MS Span 187): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
February 1, 2017
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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