François Guizot correspondence

Finding aid prepared by Carlota Ramirez, Student Processing Assistant.
Special Collections & University Archives
The UCR Library
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Descriptive Summary

Title: François Guizot correspondence
Date (inclusive): 1814-1869, undated
Collection Number: MS 264
Creator: Guizot, François, 1787-1874
Extent: 0.42 linear feet (1 box)
Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
Riverside, CA 92517-5900
Abstract: The collection consists of personal and professional correspondence written by François Guizot, a French historian and statesman who served in multiples roles in the French government in the early 19th century.
Languages: Materials in the collection are in French, with some accompanying English translations.


The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [date if possible]. François Guizot correspondence (MS 264). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

Acquisition Information

Purchased in 1967.

Processing History

The collection was processed by Carlota Ramirez, Student Processing Assistant, 2017.
Processing of the François Guizot correspondence was completed by undergraduate students from the University of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR Library and administered by Jessica Geiser, Collections Management Librarian.

Biographical Note

François Guizot was born on October 4, 1787, and was a French historian and statesman. Guizot was a dominant figure in French politics prior to the French Revolution of 1848, serving in a number of government roles from 1814 to 1848. These included positions as the Minister of Public Instruction, Minister of the Interior, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and finally as the Prime Minister of France from 1847-1848. Guizot was known for expanding public education, as well as his leadership of the Doctrinaires, a group of French politicians who supported a constitutional monarchy.
Guizot resigned as prime minister in 1848 after his ban of political gatherings caused rioting in Paris, and King Louis Phillipe abdicated soon after leading to the establishment of the French Second Republic. Guizot first fled to England, but returned to France a year later and spent his time writing history volumes and other works until his death in 1874.

Collection Scope and Contents

The collection consists mainly of personal and professional letters written by François Guizot, a French historian and politician. Correspondence in the collection includes letters written by Guizot as part of his many political positions, including as the Minister of the Interior, Minister of Public Instruction, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and cover mostly routine administrative subjects. The collection also contains some personal letters written by Guizot, most notably including some of his views on the French political scene in 1822, as well as letters regarding his literary career in the 1850s and 1860s. Most of the letters in the collection have an accompanying typed English translation.
The collection also includes an engraved portrait of Guizot painted by Paul Delaroche and engraved by Sidney L. Smith, as well as five handwritten essays by an unknown author on philosophy and various aspects of French history.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is arranged topically, and chronologically within folders.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


France -- History
France -- Politics and government

Genres and Forms of Materials


Box 1, Folder 1

François Guizot portrait undated

Box 1, Folder 2

Ministry of the Interior 1814, 1819

Box 1, Folder 3

Minister of the Interior 1830

Box 1, Folder 4

Minister of Public Instruction 1835

Box 1, Folder 5

Minister of Foreign Affairs 1843, 1847

Box 1, Folder 6

Personal 1822-1869

Box 1, Folder 7

Essays undated