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Dumas, Alexandre (père)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL 179
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Dumas, Alexandre (père)
Date(s): [1830-1845]
Level of description: collection
Extent: 4 pages (3 blank)
Name of creator(s): Dumas | Alexandre | 1802-1870 | writer x Dumas | Père


Administrative/Biographical history:

Alexandre Dumas was born in Picardy. His father, General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, the son of a white French aristocrat and a black Haitian slave, died when Alexandre was a young child and he was brought up by his mother. As a young man he moved to Paris to work for the Duc d'Orleans (later King Louis-Phillipe) and started writing articles and plays, subsequently branching out into novels and historical essays. Publications include The Count of Monte-Cristo and The Three Musketeers. He was a commercial success as a writer, but not always popular with the changing political regimes. One of his illegitimate sons, also Alexandre Dumas (now known as Dumas fils), also became a successful writer.

Publications include The Count of Monte-Cristo and The Three Musketeers.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Alexandre Dumas, [1830-1845], comprise a letter To 'Mon bien cher Hugo' [Victor Hugo], regreting that he was out when Hugo called but hopes to see him the following day.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

Arranged as in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Typescript catalogue available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Samantha Velumyl.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
April 2008

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