Guide to the Research Collections

- SECTION -- III -- THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
- PART TWO
- 49 -- HISTORY OF WESTERN EUROPE
- EUROPEAN HISTORY
- Manuscripts

Manuscripts

The Bancroft and Hardwicke collections in the Manuscripts and Archives Division contain items of interest for the study of eighteenth-century Europe.1 Collections related directly to the American Revolution, but also of importance to the study of European history, include the American Loyalist papers2 and the Chalmers collection with transcripts of European archives and official records, and the Myers collection, notable for autographs of distinguished English, French, and Hessian officers.3

The Harkness collection contains a number of historical manuscripts ranging from Charles I to Edward VIII, including English, French, and other European figures.4 Notable in the Montague collection is a fine group of more than 225 autograph letters of Henry, Viscount Bolingbroke, with 4 letter-books, for the years 1710 to 1714. Additional holographs include English royalty (37 letters and 8 signed documents of Queen Victoria) and other English, French, Italian, German, and Austrian figures. The Berg Collection has a variety of European documents of historical interest.5