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Yale Tocqueville Manuscripts

 Collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 982
Scope and Contents
The Yale Tocqueville Manuscripts contains papers of both Alexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont, intermixed. The papers include holograph manuscripts by Tocqueville (including the manuscript of De La Démocratie en Amérique), Beaumont, their families and associates, as well as holograph copies by contemporary and later copyists, and photo-duplicated copies of originals held elsewhere.

The collection includes correspondence and documents relating to Tocqueville's and Beaumont's visit to the United States, 1831-32, and investigations of the American penitentiary system.

Locations of some originals from which the Yale Tocqueville Manuscripts copies were made are unknown. Some are known or believed to have been destroyed. For further information, contact the curator.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research. Box 3: Restricted fragile material. For further information consult the appropriate curator.
Conditions Governing Use
The Yale Tocqueville 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
For information about Yale's acquisition of the materials which make up the Yale Tocqueville Manuscripts, consult the curator.
Dates
circa 1802-1960
Majority of material found within 1831 - 1840
Extent
28.95 Linear Feet ((86 boxes) + 1 roll.)
Related Names
Tocqueville, Alexis de, 1805-1859
Language
French