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Victor Hugo collection

Call Number: GEN MSS 412

Scope and Contents

This finding aid encompasses accessions of single manuscripts and small groups of manuscripts and other papers, by or pertaining to Victor Hugo, acquired by the library from a variety of sources. Materials incorporated into the collection prior to November 1998 have been organized into three series. Series I, Jean Gaudon Collection , contains letters to Hugo and his wife, Adèle, from various individuals, as well as small holograph fragments of drafts of several of his works. Series II, Bronson Pinchot Collection , contains letters from Hugo to various people, letters to Hugo from Juliette Drouet, and several holographs by Hugo, mostly untitled. Series III, Materials from Other Sources , contains additional letters and writings by Hugo.


  • 1816-1876


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Victor Hugo Collection 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

Ongoing collection of documents acquired by gift and purchase from various sources. Source information is recorded on the folders. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.


0.6 Linear Feet ((2 boxes) + 1 broadside folder)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Collection contains letters to and from Victor Hugo, as well as holographs of writings by Hugo. Correspondence includes letters to Hugo from Juliette Drouet, Aleksandr Herzen, comte Léopold Hugo, Jules Janin, Jean Toussaint Merle, and Jules Michelet. Letters from Hugo include letters to Laure Junot, duchesse d'Abrantès, A. de Beauchesne, Alexandre Dumas, and Almire Gandonnière. Writings contain holograph drafts of fragments of several works, including poems from Châtiments and Toute la lyre, fragments of chapters from L'Homme qui rit and Les Miserables, corrected proofs for several pages of Napoléon le petit, and a holograph of the play "Irtamène."

Processing Information

This finding aid is updated periodically to account for new materials that have been added to the collection. The date of the most recent update is noted on the title page. For information on material that may have been acquired for the collection since the last update, please consult the Public Service Desk.

Guide to the Victor Hugo Collection
Under Revision
by Kathryn Rawdon
November 1998
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Access Information

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