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French Revolution & Napoleon Collections

About Napoleon

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was born in Ajaccio, Corsica, which at the time was part of France. He was a military student of artillery on the French mainland and later served in the wars of the French Revolution. He took political power as a result of the coup on 18 Brumaire. After a series of plebiscites, he established the First French Empire and became known as emperor. After his defeat at Waterloo, the Sixth Coalition exiled him to the isle of Elba in the Mediterranean in 1814. He returned during the "hundred days," was defeated again, and Britain imprisoned him on the Island of St. Helena until his death in 1821. 

Manuscript Collections

In the Catalog

Catalog searching: You can search our library catalog online. Under the advanced search, you can narrow down the body of materials by choosing Strozier Library, Special Collections or Strozier, Napoleon Collection as a filter. 

In addition to simply searching Napoleon's name, here are some other keywords as an example to guide a catalog search:

  • Correspondence
  • Biography
  • Memoir
  • Joséphine or Marie-Louise

In the Digital Library

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