Manuscript/Archive , Print in French

Alfred Dreyfus collection : 1897-1997

  • 1.5 (1 document box)
  • 4.5 linear ft., (3 flat boxes)
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Also known as
  • Dreyfus collection
Subjects
Genre
  • Caricatures.
  • Periodical illustrations.
  • Political posters.
  • Portrait drawings.
Summary
  • The collection contains published material and illustrated material that document the famous trial of Alfred Dreyfus accused of treason in 1894. In the collection, all in French, are published writings, original drawings, posters, and other illustrations that capture the events and reactions of leading figures, all part of the historical affair. Original published works of Jean Jaures, Jules Guerin, and Hermann-Paul (Hermann Paul Rene Georges) are included. Of interest is a set of lithographs titled "Musee des Horreurs which depict prominent supporters of Dreyfus, statesmen, journalists, and Jewish leaders as animals. The series was published in 1899 at the opening of the Paris World's Fair. There are also twelve original copies of "Le Petit Journal, supplement illustré" (1897-1899) with front and back page drawings in color depicting events related to the Dreyfus trial. Final items in the collections are twenty-nine original pencil drawings mostly by the French illustrator, Louis Malteste (pseudonym used by Jacques d'Icy). Included are portraits of Alfred Dreyfus, Emile Zola, Henri Rochefort, Ferdinand Forzinetti, and Fernand Labori.
Other information
  • Cite as: Alfred Dreyfus Collection Ms 422 Special Collections, Milton S. Eisenhower Library, The Johns Hopkins University.
  • Language: In French.
  • Finding aids note: Unpublished register available in repository.
  • Ownership history: The collection was purchased from Jean M. Goulemot, Paris, France.
  • Ownership history: The collection was purchased from Jean M. Goulenot, Paris, France.
  • Restrictions: Permission to publish material from this collection must be requested in writing from the Manuscripts Librarian, Milton S. Eisenhower Library, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218.
  • Biograpical sketch: Alfred Dreyfus was a French army officer, born October 19, 1859 in Mulhouse, France. Dreyfus was educated at the Ecole polytechnique and after entering military service, he rose to the rank of captain in 1889. While assigned to the War Ministry, Dreyfus was accused of selling military secrets to the Germany. The legal preceedings were based on insufficient evidence, but public opinion and the French Press, largely anti-semitic at the time were biased against Dreyfus. He was sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil's Island in 1894. The Dreyfus affair split France in two between conservative and progressive forces. On January 13, 1898, the novelist Emile Zola wrote an open letter published on the front page of "Aurore" under the headline, "J'Accuse" in which he accused the army of covering up its mistaken conviction of Dreyfus. More trials followed, but it was not until 1899 that Alfred Dreyfus was declared innocent of the charges. Alfred Dreyfus died July 12, 1935 in Paris.
Identifying numbers
  • OCLC: 52539522
  • OCLC: 52539522