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Walter L. Pforzheimer collection of historical manuscripts

 Collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 838
Scope and Contents
The Walter L. Pforzheimer Collection of Historical Manuscripts contains approximately 500 manuscript documents, circa 1370s-1870s, consisting of letters, legal documents, and other manuscripts written or signed by European heads of state, government, diplomatic, military or church officials, or literary authors. Most materials are French, including documents signed by French royalty and nobility, 14th-18th centuries. Many French manuscripts date from the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, including printed Revolutionary government documents completed in manuscript. A small amount of similar documents from other European countries and the United States are present. Some documents contain evidence of previous ownership, such as annotations, collectors' bindings, or bookplates. Also present are materials relating to Pforzheimer's research and collecting, 1920s-circa 1960s, consisting of card files, biographical notes, engraved portraits, and vendor descriptions.

Research strengths include European government, politics, and wars, 14th-19th centuries, especially France, the French Revolution, and Napoleonic Wars; manuscript collecting; and the formation of Pforzheimer’s book and manuscript collections.
Language of Materials
Chiefly in French; some materials in Latin, German, Italian, English, or other languages.
Conditions Governing Access
Restricted pending full processing. Access to specific items may be requested. For further information consult the appropriate curator.
Conditions Governing Use
The Walter L. Pforzheimer Collection of Historical Manuscripts 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 Walter L. Pforzheimer, 1959-2003.
Arrangement
Organized into three groupings: November 2000 Acquisition, July 2005 Acquisitions, and Other Acquisitions.
Associated Materials
Walter L. Pforzheimer Papers (GEN MSS 817)

Walter L. Pforzheimer collection of Frank Richard Stockton (YCAL MSS 560)
Dates
circa 1370-1960s
Majority of material found within 1500 - 1830
Extent
4.26 Linear Feet (11 boxes)
Related Names
Pforzheimer, Walter L. (Walter Lionel), 1914-2003
Language of Materials
French
Language of Materials
French
Script
Latin
Language of Materials
Latin
Script
Latin
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German
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Italian
Script
Latin
Language of Materials
English
Script
Latin