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Theodore D. Buhl collection

Call Number: MS 110

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of ten volumes, each volume covering a particular aspect or chronological period of Napoleon Bonaparte's career. The contents of each volume consists of original manuscripts and contemporary prints. In all, there are about 140 manuscripts and 385 prints.

This collection was given to Yale in 1958 by Theodore D. Buhl of Detroit. Mr. Buhl had inherited the collection from his mother, Mrs. Willis Buhl, who had previously purchased it from Mr. Gabriel Wells of New York.

Mr. Buhl, in donating this collection, was under the impression that these ten volumes had originally been among the 13 volumes of Napoleona included in the famous Soulavie Collection. This, however, would seem to be impossible, since much of the material in the Buhl Collection is dated after 1813, the year of Soulavie's death. It is possible, however, that some of the prints and manuscripts now in the Buhl Collection were at one time part of the Soulavie Collection, and that they found their way into the new collection after the earlier collection was broken up.


  • 1769-1821


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Theodore Buhl, 1958.


2 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


Correspondence, 385 portraits, and other papers relating to Napoleon I. Included are letters to and from other monarchs, Napoleon's generals and military aides, statesmen associated with his administration, and other contemporary notables, collected by Theodore Buhl. Includes material relating to his family, particularly Josephine and Marie Louise.

Guide to the Theodore D. Buhl Collection
Under Revision
Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
August 1982
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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