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Lafayette Family Papers


Lafayette Family Papers
Lafayette Family
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The Lafayette family papers span 400 years and document the activities of many family members of Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834), including his paternal grandmother, father, wife, children, and grandchildren, among others. Mainly comprised of correspondence (including original autograph letters, facsimiles, and transcriptions), the collection also contains legal, business, and research materials. Most of the materials are in French.

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Summary: The Lafayette family papers span 400 years and document the activities of many family members of Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834), including his paternal grandmother, father, wife, children, and grandchildren, among others. Mainly comprised of correspondence (including original autograph letters, facsimiles, and transcriptions), the collection also contains legal, business, and research materials. Most of the materials are in French.

Full History: The marquis de Lafayette was born September 6, 1757, at the Chateau de Chavaniac (near Le Puy-en-Velay, Auvergne), the only child of Michel Louis Chistophe Roch Gilbert du Motier (sometimes spelled Mottier), marquis de Lafayette, baron Vissac, and Marie Louise Julie de la Rivière (known as Julie). The Lafayette family had a long history of military service; when Lafayette was two years of age, his father was killed by a cannon ball at the battle of Minden. His mother went to live in Paris with her father, while Lafayette remained at Chavaniac to be raised by his paternal grandmother (and godmother), Marie Catherine de Suat de Chavagnac (also spelled Savagna, Chavagna, Chavagnaic) de Lafayette, aided by his aunts, Marguerite Madeleine du Motier (known as Mlle de Chavaniac) and Louise Charlotte de Guerin (known as Mme de Chavaniac). His mother visited for several months each year.

Lafayette was tutored at home until the age of eleven, when his mother and grandmother elected to send him to the Collège du Plessis in Paris. Upon the death of his mother and maternal grandfather in 1770, Lafayette inherited the Chavaniac estate, becoming very wealthy at age thirteen. He also studied military matters and was commissioned a lieutenant in the French Army in 1771. In 1774, he married Marie Adrienne Françoise de Noailles (known as Adrienne). Their first child, Adrienne-Henriette-Catherine-Charlotte, born in 1776, died two years later.

After meeting the Comte de Broglie and the Duke of Gloucester who supported the American colonists in the Revolutionary War, Lafayette became interested in joining the American cause. King Louis XVI officially forbade Lafayette's departure, but Lafayette escaped France through Spain, acquired the ship La Victoire, and left for America in April 1777. His second child, daughter Anastasie Louise Pauline du Motier (known as Anastasie) was born later that year. He traveled to Philadelphia where the Continental Congress appointed him a Major General in the Continental Army but did not give him a command. Benjamin Franklin wrote to George Washington suggesting that he accept Lafayette as an aide-de-camp, hoping it would influence France to send more aid to the Americans. Washington complied and made him a member of his staff. Lafayette participated in the Battle of Brandywine, during which he acquitted himself well and was wounded and for which Washington commended him for his bravery. In 1778, France officially recognized American independence. After the battle of Monmouth Courthouse and French Admiral d'Estaing's removal of the French fleet to Newport, Lafayette requested permission to return to France, in part to work for additional French aid to America. He arrived in February 1779. His son, George Washington Louis Gilbert du Motier de Lafayette (known as George Washington Lafayette), was born December 24, 1779. Successful in his efforts to raise funds and restored to rank in the French Army by Louis XVI, Lafayette returned to America in the spring of 1780. Sent to Virginia to command the American forces, he helped to trap the British army at Yorktown, with the French fleet blockading British ships. Lafayette was instrumental in the subsequent siege of Yorktown, which resulted in Cornwallis's surrender.

Lafayette returned to France late in 1781, to a hero's welcome. In 1782, another daughter, Marie Antoinette Virginie (known as Virginie) du Motier was born. Lafayette began work on trade agreements with the United States, supported religious toleration, and joined the abolitionist movement. In 1784, he returned to America, visiting Washington at Mount Vernon, addressing the Virginia House of Delegates, and receiving an honorary degree from Harvard. On December 28, he was made an honorary citizen by the state of Maryland and later by Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Virginia. Back in France, Lafayette was appointed a member of the Assembly of Notables and became Auvergne's representative in the Estates General, where he drafted the Declaration of the rights of man and of the citizen on July 11, 1789. Two days later rebels stormed the Bastille, and, by the 15th, Lafayette took command of the National Guard, formed under the control of the Assembly to maintain public order. Lafayette opposed the extremism of the Jacobins and supported a constitutional monarchy. For his perceived role in the June 1791 attempted escape of the royal family, he was condemned as a traitor to the Revolution by Robespierre. After the Champs du Mars massacre, in which a number of citizens demanding the King's abdication were shot, public confidence in Lafayette declined further, and he resigned from the National Guard.

Prior to France's declaration of war on Austria in the spring of 1792, Lafayette took command of the French army at Metz. Lack of success by the army and the belief that France could not win the war led Lafayette and other generals to support peace negotiations. This, as well as Lafayette's continuing opposition to the Revolution's extreme radicals, resulted in a decree of accusation of treason against him. Relieved of his command shortly thereafter, Lafayette and a group of supporters attempted to escape to the Dutch Republic and thence to the United States. They were captured by the Austrians, and Lafayette was held prisoner in various locations for the next five years. During the Reign of Terror, Madame Lafayette was arrested and imprisoned for eighteen months before gaining permission to return to Chavaniac under house arrest. She sent their son to America where he resided for some time with George Washington. Madame Lafayette's mother, sister, and grandmother were all guillotined. Madame Lafayette escaped the same fate due in part to the intervention of First Lady-to-be, Elizabeth Monroe. Madame Lafayette eventually obtained permission to join her husband in prison, along with their daughters. Upon Lafayette's release under the 1797 Treaty of Campo Fornio, he remained in exile in Denmark and Holland for two more years, returning to France in 1799. Not wishing to serve in Napoleon's army, the family retired to La Grange, a family property near Paris. Lafayette remained publicly opposed to Napoleon's Life Consulship. Madame Lafayette died in 1807, and Lafayette remained in retirement during Napoleon's reign. In 1815, Lafayette was elected to the Chamber of Representatives during the Hundred Days but again opposed Napoleon's "Actes additionel," as only a token liberalization of the old imperial constitution. After Waterloo and Napoleon's widely known intent to dissolve the Chamber and assume a dictatorship again, Lafayette spoke in the Chamber, urging members to make the Chamber permanent and ask for Napoleon's resignation of the crown. Despite the establishment of a provisional government after Napoleon's resignation, both Chambers of the bicameral legislature were dissolved, and Lafayette again retired to La Grange. In 1818, he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies, serving through 1823, when he was defeated for re-election. In August 1824, he and his son arrived in New York for a tour of America at the invitation of President Monroe and the American people. There Lafayette received a huge and triumphant reception. He visited all twenty-four states, Mount Vernon, and Thomas Jefferson at Monticello and was the first foreign dignitary to address Congress. He also dined at the White House, among many other engagements, remaining in America until September 1825.

The death of Louis XVIII and coronation of Charles X saw many of the gains of the French Revolution reversed. Lafayette, from La Grange, supported and corresponded with those seeking independence in Poland, Belgium, Spain, Italy, and Greece, as well as at home. With domestic discontent on the rise, Lafayette was again elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 1828, enraging the right wing. Following a great deal of public outcry against a monarchy, the Chamber was once again dissolved. Charles X's proposals to change inheritance laws and increase censorship were among the causes leading to the July Revolution of 1830. Lafayette, still hoping for a constitutional monarchy, supported offering the throne to Louis Philippe, son of the liberal Duc d'Orléans. Soon disillusioned, Lafayette continued to support those seeking republican forms of government elsewhere and provided aid to the many refugees and emigrés resulting from such efforts.

Lafayette died on May 20, 1834, in Paris. Although the people of Paris wished him to be interred in the Pantheon, Lafayette wished to be buried next to his wife in Picpus cemetery (a burial ground for some of those guillotined during the Reign of Terror, including Mme Lafayette's sister, mother, and grandmother). Lafayette's casket was carried there on the shoulders of Polish freedom fighters, escorted by 3,000 National Guardsmen, as well as ministers and dignitaries. American soil, brought back by Lafayette from his 1824 trip, was placed over his grave.

Lafayette became known as the "Hero of Two Worlds," honored by both France and America. Upon America's entry into the First World War, American troops were sent to march through Paris as a demonstration of America's commitment. They stopped at Lafayette's grave, where Colonel Edward E. Stanton reputedly said, "Lafayette, we are here." After that war, an American flag was placed over Lafayette's grave and ceremonially is replaced each Fourth of July in a Franco-American ceremony. It has flown there continuously, even through the German occupation of Paris in World War II. Still the best known of those Europeans who aided America during the Revolution, in 2002, Lafayette was granted American citizenship by Congress.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Lafayette Family papers cover a period of more than four hundred years. The earliest, a legal document dated 1549, was signed by Claude de Lafayette; the most recent is the 1957 correspondence of a Lafayette researcher. The papers consist primarily of personal family correspondence, some business correspondence, family history and genealogical research, and miscellaneous related items. Family correspondents represented in the collection are the marquis de Lafayette; his paternal grandmother, his father, his wife, his children, and his grandchildren. Other correspondents include Boinville (an aide de camp to Lafayette while in America), Henri Doniol (father and son, author), Gérard (tutor), Mosnier (neighbor, author), Morizot (tutor), and Baron Perret. Topics include personal, family, legal, political, and financial matters as well as Lafayette family genealogy.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The papers of the Lafayette Family were purchased and accessioned by the University of Maryland in 1976.

Processing Information

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Processed by NKW in April 1976. Re-processed by Valerie Vanden Bossche, August 2009. Revised April 2010.

Processing note:

The collection has been arranged in three series. All items have been placed in acid free folders and boxes, and, as needed, individual items have been placed in mylar sleeves. Oversize items have been unfolded and separated to a flat box. Preservation photocopies have been made of newspaper clippings.

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EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Steven Bookman, June 2006, and Valerie Vanden Bossche, November, 2009.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: General Correspondence, 1757-1912 (29 folders)

This series consists of letters written by various members of the Lafayette family (some unidentified) and by friends, employees, and others, covering many topics. Each correspondent's name is followed, in parentheses, by his or her relationship to the marquis de Lafayette, if known. Although there are numerous variations in the spelling of names, de Lafayette has been used here for the family name. References to the marquis de Lafayette with no further identification refer to Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette. Other family members are referred to by the names most commonly used by the family, to the extent that is known. Correspondents whose identities could not be determined are described as "unknown." Legal correspondence can be found in Series 2.

Subseries 1.1: Correspondence: Originals, 1757-1912 (19 folders)

This sub-series consists of original, signed letters by Lafayette family members, including Catherine de Suat de Chavagnac de Lafayette (paternal grandmother), Michel (father), Adrienne (wife), George Washington (son, married Emilie Destutt de Tracy), Anastasie (daughter, married Juste-Charles de la Tour-Maubourg), possibly Virginie (daughter, married Louis de Lasteyrie du Saillant, marquis de Lasteyrie), Clémentine (granddaughter, married Auguste de Beaumont), Edmond (grandson), and Oscar (grandson). Also included is correspondence by friends and others. The letters are arranged alphabetically by last, then first name of correspondent, and then chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Beaumont, Clémentine de (granddaughter) -- Letter to unknown, undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 1
Boinville (aide-de-camp to marquis de Lafayette) -- Letter to M. Mosnier enclosing promissory note, 1792series 1.1box 1folder 2
Calemard de Lafayette, Jean-Gabriel-François de (relationship unknown) and wife -- 3 letters from Jean-Gabriel-François to unknown, to L'intendent General and to unknown; letter from his widow to unknown following his assassination ( Contains Oversize), 1823, 1828, 1830, and undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 3
Calemard de Lafayette, Pierre de (relationship unknown) -- Letter to mayor of Mouastier ; letter to baron Feisthanel, 1826, 1836series 1.1box 1folder 4
Chavagnac, Catherine de Suat de (paternal grandmother) and Michel Louis Christophe roch Gilbert de Motier de Lafayette (father) -- 23 letters to Jean Claude de la Colombe concerning his brother Jacques. Chavagnac-signed letters are all in the handwriting of Mme. Guerin de Chavagnac (aunt) except one in the hand of Julie de la Rivière, 1757series 1.1box 1folder 5
Lafayette, Adrienne de Noailles, marquise de (wife) -- Letter to [M. Reinhard] with Republican calendar date 10 pluviôse, circa 1798series 1.1box 1folder 6
Lafayette, Edmond de (grandson) -- 7 letters to M. Henri Doniol and M. Henri Doniol, père, 1842-1877series 1.1box 1folder 7
Lafayette, Edmond de (grandson) -- 11 letters to various, 1871-1885 and undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 8
Lafayette, George Washington, marquis de (son) -- 24 letters to various (Contains Oversize), 1814-1846 and undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 9
Lafayette, marquis de, unidentified, possibly great great grandson Gui or Louis de Lasteyrie -- 3 letters, to a director and to M. [Marchessou?] editor, concerning Henry Mosnier's Le Chateau de Chavaniac-Lafayette, 1907, 1912series 1.1box 1folder 10
Lafayette, Oscar de (grandson) -- 2 letters to Doniol, pêre; 2 letters to Henri Doniol, 1860-1878series 1.1box 1folder 11
Lafayette, unidentified, possibly a Lasteyrie -- Letter to unknown, undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 12
Lafayette de Lasteyrie, unidentified, possibly Virginie (daughter) -- Letter to M. Dufour, 1848series 1.1box 1folder 13
Latour-Maubourg, Anastasie de Lafayette, comtesse de (daughter) -- Letter to M. Chretien, 1832series 1.1box 1folder 14
Mosnier, A. (author) -- Letter to his brother, curé of Pradelles, 1814series 1.1box 1folder 15
Motier, du, inidentified, possibly Marguerite Madeleine (aunt) -- Letter to M. Costes, 1780series 1.1box 1folder 16
Romey, Charles -- Letter to Lafayette, marquis de, 1831series 1.1box 1folder 17
Sahune de Lafayette, G. (possibly great-great-grandson, Mayor of Toul) -- 2 cartes de visite with hand-written notes to the Journal de la Haute Loire, undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 18
Unknown -- 5 drafts and fragments of correspondence or remarks on the marquis de Lafayette, 1783, 1786, and undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 19

Subseries 1.2: Correspondence: Facsimiles and Transcriptions, 1864, 1883, and undated (10 folders)

This sub-series consists of facsimiles and transcriptions of letters by the marquis de Lafayette, his wife, other Lafayette family members, and two Lafayette family tutors, Gérard and Morizot. Each entry states whether the item is a facsimile or a transcription. There is additional transcribed correspondence in Series III. The letters are arranged alphabetically by last, then first name of correspondent, and then chronologically by the date of the correspondence for which there is a facsimile or transcription.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Gérard and Morizot (tutors) -- Letter to . Newspaper clippings from Gazette d'Auvergne, transcriptions of letters to Mlle du Motier (aunt), 1774-1781. Transcriptions, 1883 and undatedseries 1.2box 1folder 20
Lafayette, Adrienne de Noailles, marquise de, (wife) -- Note to her steward about donating wheat during food shortage, circa 1789. Facsimile, undatedseries 1.2box 1folder 21
Lafayette, marquis de and Lafayette, George Washington -- Letters and other documents; facsimiles and transcriptions of 1777-1834 materials in the French National Archives with commentaries; copy of print Le Marquis de La Fayette engraved by Noel Le Mire after portrait by Jean-Baptiste Paon, showing marquis with his orderly, James Amistead, undatedseries 1.2box 1folder 22
Lafayette, marquis de -- Letter to unidentified member of the Garde nationale strasbourgeoise, November 8, 1789, and letter from the committee to the marquis de Lafayette, November 29, 1789. Printed transcriptions, undatedseries 1.2box 1folder 23
Lafayette, marquis de and 23 others -- Letter from Rochefort, Belgium, dated August 19, 1792, denouncing violation of the constitution, etc. Facsimile, undatedseries 1.2box 1folder 24
Lafayette, marquis de -- Extract of note from Neiss prison, 1793. Facsimile, undatedseries 1.2box 1folder 25
Lafayette, marquis de -- Letter to Mme Pougens concerning his Christian names, circa 1793-1805. Facsimile, undatedseries 1.2box 1folder 26
Lafayette, marquis de and Lafayette, Adrienne de Noailles, marquise de, (wife) -- marquis de Lafayette to Citoyen Représentant concerning her imprisonment, 28 nivôse, year 3 (January 17, 1795) published in L'autographe, April 27, 1864; marquis de Lafayette letter concerning his colleague Thomas's nomination, July 24, 1830, published in L'autographe, July 15, 1864. Facsimiles (Oversize), 1864series 1.2box 1folder 27
Lafayette, marquis de -- Letter to Procureur G. Borely re the nomination of M. Thomas, 1830. Handwritten transcription, undatedseries 1.2box 1folder 28
Lafayette, marquis de -- Letter to Comité de Lyon, circa 1832. Handwritten transcription, undatedseries 1.2box 1folder 29

Series 2: Legal, Business, and Political Affairs, 1549-1830 (15 folders)

This series consists of original business and legal correspondence, legal documents, a judicial commission, official notices, a military receipt, a patent drawing and charts of the chamber of deputies including the names of the marquis de Lafayette and George Washington Lafayette. Arrangement is alphabetical by correspondent or subject and then chronological. Individuals whose identities could not be determined are described as "unknown." When it has been possible to determine the relationship of an individual to the marquis de Lafayette, it is noted in parentheses following the individual's name. Transcriptions and facsimiles are noted.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Bonnemain and Goinot, lawyer -- Letter to procureur-général at Puy re lawsuit involving Lafayette; Bonnemain letter to unknown concerning lawsuit involving Lafayette; Jean-Baptiste-Nicolas Guillot, official, letter to Citizen Daubin [?], Republican calendar date 12 brumaire, year 6 (November 2, 1792) concerning lawsuit involving Lafayette, 1791, 1792 series 2box 1folder 30
Bourdonnaye, [François Régis du, comte de la Bretèche] of Interior Ministry -- Letter to a préfet concerning George Washington de Lafayette, 1829 series 2box 1folder 31
Calemard de Lafayette, Charles (relationship unknown) -- 7-page printed transcription of 1847 address to the electorate of the Puy arrondisement, undated series 2box 1folder 32
Champetières, Dame de (possibly great grandmother) -- Document granting permission to M. Barthe to build certain walls, 1651 series 2box 1folder 33
Chavagna, Louis de (maternal ancestor) -- Judicial commission at Langeac, signed by unknown. On parchment (Oversize), 1599 series 2box 1folder 34
Chavagnac, Catherine de Suat de, marquise de Lafayette (grandmother) -- Purchase from Count de Maillebois, of the extinction of the fief of Chavagnac and its rights of justice, 1762. Handwritten transcription, undated series 2box 1folder 35
Lafayette, Claude? De -- Legal document, 1549 series 2box 1folder 36
Lafayette, Edouard de Motier de (paternal grandfather) -- 3 items, with Comte de Vichy Berbizy, legal agreements concerning annual rents and payments (Contains Oversize), 1715-1733 series 2box 1folder 37
Lafayette, Edouard de Motier de (paternal grandfather) -- Printed "Arrest du conseil d'état du roy," October 21, 1738, "Extrait des Registres de Conseil d'Etat," concerning Motier de Lafayette's right to collect tolls, "Signé Phelypeaux", 1742 series 2box 1folder 38
Lafayette, G. L. G. De. (relationship unknown) -- Military receipt for payment for "service du fourager", 1810 series 2box 1folder 39
Lafayette, marquis de and Lafayette, George Washington de (son) -- "Chambre des représentans des 100 jours de 1815," shows seating of the Lafayettes in the Chamber (Oversize), undated series 2box 1folder 40
Lafayette, marquis de and Lafayette, George Washington de (son) -- "Tableau Figuratif de la Chambre des députés pour la session de" 1821-1822, 1823 and 1828, shows seating of the Lafayettes in the Chamber (Oversize), undated series 2box 1folder 41
Lafayette? and Perret, Baron [lawyer, major of Aurillac] -- Letter to Comte [Baron] Perret at Aurillac for General Lafayette to be notarized; 3 letters, Perret to M. Baronnet, lawyer, concerning Lafayette property; Perret to General concerning indemnity (Contains Oversize), 1826, 1827 and undated series 2box 1folder 42
Lafayette, marquis de -- Printed "Ordonnance du Lieutenant-Général du Royaume, Louis-Philippe duc d'Orléans, includes "Ordre du Jour" by the Marquis de Lafayette, 1830 series 2box 1folder 43
Unknown -- Patent?, drawing of sluice gates for Loing canal. "Boucher de la Rupelle" written in lower right hand corner (Oversize), undated series 2box 1folder 44

Series 3: Family History and Research, 1791-1957 (18 folders)

This series contains biographical notes, catalogs, correspondence, notices, newspaper clippings, and transcriptions regarding Lafayette family members, collections, and sales of Lafayette items, as well as a school award and commemorative stamps. These items may have been written and/or collected by Edmond de Lafayette (grandson) and/or later family members or researchers, including François Busny. Arrangement is alphabetical by correspondent or subject and then chronological. Individuals whose identities could not be determined are described as "unknown." When it has been possible to determine the relationship of an individual to the marquis de Lafayette, it is noted in parentheses following the individual's name.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Boinville, Jean-Baptiste Chastel de -- Biographical notes from 1815 Biographie Moderne, undated series 3box 1folder 45
Busny, François -- Letter to unidentified correspondent in response to a notice sent to him about Lafayette items, probably 1896 series 3box 1folder 46
Communes de St. Georges d'Aurac and Chavaniac -- Handwritten extracts of municipal records of receiver, concerning papers removed from and restored to Chavaniac municipality and oaths sworn to the 1791 constitution, August 25, 1792 series 3box 1folder 47
Déroulède, Paul -- Newspaper clipping of Jules Lemaitre article about Déroulède, 1815 series 3box 1folder 48
Didelot, Sous-Lieutenant de la 1ère Cie de Grenadiers -- Printed proposal to inscribe the name of Lafayette on the pennons of the Gardes Nationaux de la Ville de Toul, undated series 3box 1folder 49
Drouset, F., General Director of Archives of France -- To Puy Librarian-Curator, response and enclosures of lists of Lafayette information produced by the Archives and the Education Service of the Museum of the History of France, 1957 series 3box 1folder 50
Lafayette, Adrienne de Noailles, marquise de, (wife) -- Biographical materials: newspaper clipping, U.R., "La Fayette en Auvergne"; book chapter, "Roland et Mme de Lafayette (Automne de 1792)", 1912 and undated series 3box 1folder 51
Lafayette, George Washington, de (son) -- Clipping of "Mort du Général Lafayette. Ses dernières paroles - Sa vie politique et militaire," signed Georges LaFayette, undated series 3box 1folder 52
Lafayette, Jacobo de la (possibly Jacques Roch Motier, uncle) -- Award addressed to "nobili adolescenti jacobo," on parchment, signed E. Bonnard, undated series 3box 1folder 53
Lafayette, marquis de -- Newspaper clippings about Lafayette, 1834, 1882, 1924, and undated series 3box 1folder 54
Lafayette, marquis de -- Victor de Nouvion, Histoire du Règne de Louis-Philipe 1er Roi de Français 1830-1848, pp. 625-634, containing transcriptions of correspondence of marquis de Lafayette, 1859 series 3box 1folder 55
Lafayette, marquis de -- Letter addressed to "Monsieur le Prefet," handwritten, subjects include archives de la marine at Bordeaux, Layfayette correspondence, and the frigate Lafayette, 1879 series 3box 1folder 56
Lafayette, marquis de -- Postal stamps, include facing portraits of marquis de Lafayette and George Washington, "LEGION AMERICAINE/SEPTEMBRE 1927", 1927 series 3box 1folder 57
Lafayette, marquis de -- Catalogs and clippings relating to primary and secondary Lafayette materials, 1937 and undated series 3box 1folder 58
Lafayette, marquis de -- Gazette Nationale, ou Le Moniteur Universel, No. 238, pp. 1005-1008; Lafayette mentioned on pp.1006, 1007 (Oversize), August 25, 1972 series 3box 1folder 59
Lafayette, marquis de -- Transcription of marquis de Lafayette autobiographical material, handwritten, note in pencil on first page indicates that it was published in 1883 in Journal de la Haute Loire, 15 pages, undated series 3box 1folder 60
Lafayette, marquis de -- Biographical notes on the marquis de Lafayette, handwritten, undated series 3box 1folder 61
Lafayette, marquis de -- Research notes on Lafayette family members, handwritten, undated series 3box 1folder 62

Related Material

The Rare Book Collection at the University of Maryland Libraries contains an extensive French Pamphlet collection, which includes pamphlets originally accessioned with this collection. See A subject search of "La Fayette family -- Archives" will retrieve records for the 81 pamphlets acquired with this collection.

Other repositories with significant holdings of Lafayette family papers are:

Archives of France:

Cornell University Library, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Arthur H. and Mary Marden Dean Lafayette Collection:

and on-line exhibit:

Lafayette College:

and on-line exhibits:

Library of Congress microfilm of register of all papers found at LaGrange by Rene de Chambrun:

A copy of this microfilm is also available at Cleveland State University Library Special Collections:

Indiana University:

Additional information about the Marquis de Lafayette may be found at: Chateau-Muse Lafayette at the Chateau Chavaniac:

American Friends of Lafayette:

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.

Separated Material

81 pamphlets, 28 of which were written by the marquis Lafayette, were transferred to the Rare Book Collection in October 2006. They range in date from 1787 to 1938.

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