Guide to the Prince Achille Murat Papers, 1809-1845 M0079

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Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
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Stanford 94305-6064

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: Prince Achille Murat Papers
creator: Murat, Achille
Identifier/Call Number: M0079
Physical Description: 3.5 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1809-1845

Scope and Content

Primarily letters from various members of the Murat and Bonaparte families to Murat. Includes correspondence regarding Murat's attempt to organize a Belgium Foreign Legion in the 1830's; manuscripts of his writings on politics, slavery, economics, and literature; and family legal papers. The letters are in French, English, and Italian. Napoleon is not represented.


Achille Murat, son of Caroline Bonaparte and Joachim Murat (King of Naples, 1808-1815), grew up in Paris and Naples as heir presumptive to his father's titles. After the fall of Napoleon he lived in exile with his mother, brother Lucien, and sisters Letizia and Louise at Frohscorf Castle in Austria. Upon reaching his majority he petitioned for a passport to America. In 1823, he arrived in New York where news of a Spanish liberal revolution reached him. He decided to violate his promise never to return to Europe and sailed for Gibraltar, but he arrived too late. Upon his return to New York, he took out American citizenship papers and married a great-grand-niece of Washington, Catherine Willis Gray. He lived in Florida and for a time in New Orleans engaged in farming and various highly speculative business ventures. In the revolutionary 1830s he returned to Europe to become head of the Foreign Legion of the new Kingdom of Belgium, hoping for a "call from Italy" which never came. Back in America he published a book on the United States which failed to catch the public fancy. Murat was a staunch supporter of slavery though he professed to fight for the liberation of man. He was engaged in continuous litigation with the French Government for the Murat properties seized in 1815. He also tried to compel his uncle Joseph (Napoleon's elder brother) to give an accounting of funds the Emperor had given him to us "as I would use it."

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] Prince Achille Murat Papers, M0079, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


Gift of Homer Spence, 1947-1951.

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Access Restrictions


Subjects and Indexing Terms

Bonaparte family
Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Y
Murat family
Murat, Achille
Murat, Achille


Series 1. Family Correspondence

box 1, folder 1

Laetitia Ramolino Bonaparte (grandmother)

box 1, folder 2

Cardinal Fesch (brother of Laetitia and great uncle of Achille)

box 1, folder 3

Joseph Bonaparte (uncle of Achille)

box 1, folder 4

Joseph Bonapart to Marechal Clauzel?

box 1, folder 5

Julie (wife of Joseph)

box 1, folder 6

Empress Marie Lousie (aunt of Achille)

box 1, folder 7

Lucien Bonaparte (uncle to Achille)

box 1, folder 8

Alexandrine (wife of Lucien)

box 1, folder 9

Louis Bonaparte (brother of Napoleon)

box 1, folder 10

Hortense (daughter of Napoleon's first wife, Josephine Beauharnais)

box 1, folder 11

Elisa (sister of Napoleon)

box 1, folder 12

Felix Baciochi (husband of Elisa)

box 1, folder 13

Pauline Borghese (sister of Napoleon)

box 1, folder 14

Camille (husband of Pauline)

box 1, folder 15

Jerome Bonaparte (brother of Napoleon)

box 1, folder 16

Joachim Murat (father of Achille)

box 1, folder 17

Caroline (wife of Joachim and mother of Achille) 1809 - 1810

box 1, folder 18

Caroline (wife of Joachim and mother of Achille) 1811 - ca. 1814

box 1, folder 19

Caroline (wife of Joachim and mother of Achille) circa 1815, undated

box 1, folder 20

Caroline (wife of Joachim and mother of Achille), nos. 1 - 28, 1816 - 1824

box 1, folder 21

Caroline (wife of Joachim and mother of Achille), nos. 1 - 28, 1825 - 1829

box 2, folder 7

Lucien (younger brother of Achille)

box 2, folder 8

Christine Bonaparte (daughter of Lucien)

box 2, folder 9

Zenaide & Mathilde (daughters of Joseph)

box 2, folder 10

Letitia and Marie (daughters of Lucien)

box 2, folder 11

Catherine D. Murat

box 2, folder 12


box 2, folder 12

Antoniette de Hohenzollern

box 2, folder 13

Copies of letters by Achille Murat.

box 2, folder 34

Letitia (sister of Achille)

box 2, folder 56

Louise M. Rasponi (sister of Achille)

box 4, folder 1

Caroline Murat to Achille (oversize)


Series 2. General Correspondence

box 2, folder 14

de Bandus (Achilles tutor)

box 2, folder 15

Henry Bradfield.

box 2, folder 16

Letters B.

box 2, folder 17

Letters C.

box 2, folder 18

Letters D. including D'Hautemesnil.

box 3, folder 1

Philippi Girard.

box 3, folder 2

Letter G.

box 3, folder 3


box 3, folder 4

Letters H & K

box 3, folder 5

Letters L.

box 3, folder 6


box 3, folder 7

General Felix MacDonald.

box 3, folder 8


box 3, folder 9


box 3, folder 10

Letters M.

box 3, folder 11

Letters 0-S.

box 3, folder 12


box 3, folder 13

Letters V-W.

box 3, folder 14

Achille Murat to Lebel

box 3, folder 15

Unidentified letters [1 of 2]

box 3, folder 16

Unidentified letters [2 of 2]


Series 3. Papers

box 4, folder 2

Family papers (properties, wills, etc.).

box 4, folder 3

Murat papers on politics, economics, etc.

box 4, folder 4

On Slavery.

box 4, folder 7

Official Documents

box 4, folder 56


box 5, folder 1

Murat Papers: Miscellaneous.

box 5, folder 2

Murat Papers: politics, 1815 - 1822

box 5, folder 3

Murat Papers: Literature and studies.

box 5, folder 4

Murat Papers: Works, 1824

box 5, folder 5

Murat Papers: American subjects.

box 5, folder 6

Murat Papers: General topic.

box 5, folder 7

Murat Letters about America, to Thibeaudeau.

box 5, folder 8

Misc. manuscripts and printed items.

box 6

Volume of Letters, 1840 - 1845