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François-Gaston, duc de Lévis papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 1135
Scope and Contents

Circa 500 manuscript and printed documents relating to military and political events in France, 1740s-1780s, and the military career of François-Gaston, duc de Lévis, including correspondence, diaries, maps, drawings, and other military and legal documents. Papers relate to Lévis's defense of Provence during the War of the Austrian Succession, 1748, and the ambassadorship of his cousin, Gaston Charles Pierre de Lévis, duc de Mirepoix, in London, 1749-1753; Lévis's participation in the French campaign in Germany during the Seven Years' War, 1762; construction of a canal between Saint-Omer and Aire, and other waterways in Artois, during Lévis's governorship of Artois, 1765-1780; and the court-martial of Jean-Joseph Carrier de Montieu and Louis de Cassier de Bellegarde for mismanagement of arms manufacture and inspection, for which Lévis served on the court, 1773.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The François-Gaston, duc de Lévis Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Hans P. Kraus, 1968.


Organized into five series: I. Description and item-level list created by the donor, 1968. II. Defense of Provence During the War of the Austrian Succession, 1743-1770. III. French Campaign in Germany During the Seven Years' War, 1756-1763. IV. Hydraulic Engineering in Artois, 1741-1780. V. Court-Martial of Jean-Joseph Carrier de Montieu and Louis de Cassier de Bellegarde, 1770-1778.

Each series is arranged in order of document numbers assigned by the donor.

Majority of material found within 1748 - 1773
2.21 Linear Feet (10 boxes)
Related Names
Lévis, François-Gaston, duc de, 1719-1787
Language of Materials