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A Guide to the Napoleon Bonaparte 100th Anniversary Scrapbooks

Finding aid created by Matt Kruse

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections

September 2018

Descriptive Summary

Title: Napoleon Bonaparte 100th Anniversary Scrapbooks
Dates: 1809-1914
Bulk dates: 1894-1914
Abstract: Scrapbooks commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Napoleonic Era, including the dedication of monuments to the Battle of Waterloo, the Battle of Jemappes, and the Victor Hugo Monument at Waterloo.
Extent: 9 Volumes.
Identification: MSS 0456
Language(s): Includes materials written in French, English, and German.

Biographical/Historical Note

In the wake of the French Revolution (1789-1799), Napoleon Bonaparte sized power by overthrowing the Directory and establishing the French Consulate, eventually being crowned Emperor of the French in 1804. Napoleon brought political stability to a France torn apart by a bloody revolution, and reversed many of the more radical aspects of the French Revolution. During the same period, France engaged in a bloody series of wars against numerous coalitions comprised of various European nations including the United Kingdom, Austria, Russia, Prussia, and others. The wars eventually culminated in the final defeat of Napoleon by the allied armies of the United Kingdom and Prussia at the Battle of Waterloo on June 18, 1815.

One-hundred years later, Europe began the commemoration and remembrance of the Napoleonic Era and its wars. At the same time another greater and even more destructive conflict was looming. By 1915, the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, World War 1 was in its second year. Many of the historic Napoleonic battlefields became occupied enemy territory, including the historic Waterloo battlefield that had been occupied by Germany the previous year. Former coalition allies, including the United Kingdom and Russia were now at war with Germany and Austria in a deadly struggle. While the former enemies of France, Russia and the United Kingdom were now allied in their struggle against the Central Powers. Scheduled parades, celebratory reenactments, and other festivities were ultimately canceled or curtailed.

Scope and Content

The Napoleon Bonaparte 100th Anniversary Scrapbooks primarily contain newspaper clippings taken from newspapers all over Europe and the United States, as well as, photographs and invitations documenting the construction and dedication of Napoleonic War monuments including the French monument at Waterloo, the Victor Hugo Monument at Waterloo, and the French monument commemorating the Battle of Jemappes in 1792. Also included are general articles on the history of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Napoleonic Era.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Related or Separated Material

Other collections related to the Napoleonic Era include:

The Achille Murat Letters

The Donatien Marie Joseph de Vimeur Rochambeau Papers

The Jérémie Papers

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Napoleon Bonaparte 100th Anniversary Scrapbooks, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the University of Florida.

Contents List

1 Revolution et Empire. 1908-1912
2 Empire Français. 1912-1914
3 Napoleon Bonaparte. 1809-1894
4 Napoleon Bonaparte. 1894
5 Inauguration de Monument Français de Waterloo. 1904 June
6 Victor Hugo Waterloo Monument Dedication. 1911-1912
7 Victor Hugo Waterloo Monument Dedication. 1912
8 Inauguration de Monument Français de Jemappes. 1911

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Hugo, Victor, 1802-1885.
Jemappes, Battle of (Belgium : 1792).
Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821.
Napoleonic Wars (1800-1815).
Waterloo, Battle of (Belgium : 1815).

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