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.