Special Collections Department
Madeleine B. Stern
papers related to
Joseph de Nancrède
1972 - 1977
Manuscript Collection Number: 455
Accessioned: Gift of Madeleine B. Stern, 1977
Extent: 1 linear ft.
Content: Correspondence, legal documents, manuscript, galley, published articles, microfilm
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: November 2002 by Gerald Cloud
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
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Madeleine B. Stern
The rare book dealer and writer Madeleine B. Stern was born July 1, 1912, in New York City, New York. She was educated at Barnard College (A.B., 1932) and Columbia University (M.A., 1934). In 1945 she began dealing rare books in a long-lasting partnership with Leona Rostenberg, and the two have collaborated on several memoirs that record their experiences in the book trade. Stern’s scholarly work includes several books and numerous articles on rare books, publishing history, women’s issues, nineteenth-century literature, and several biographies, including The Life of Margaret Fuller (1942) and Louisa May Alcott (1950). Stern is a member of many bibliographic and literary associations: Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, Modern Language Association of America, American Printing History Association, Manuscript Society, Authors League of America, and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. She received a Guggenheim fellowship, 1943-45; the Medalie Award, Barnard College, 1982; and an American Printing History Association Award (with Leona Rostenberg), 1983.
Joseph de Nancrède
The Franco-American teacher, bookseller, and publisher Paul Joseph Guérard de Nancrède was born in March 6, 1761, at Héricy, near Fontainebleau, France. He died in Paris on December 15, 1841. Nancrède first came to America as part of the French military force that fought for American independence. After settling in Boston he taught French language and literature at Harvard from 1787 – 1798, eventually publishing L’Abeille Françoise, the first French textbook in America. From April through October, 1789, Nancrède published the Courier de Boston, a French language political and literary journal. In 1796 Nancrède opened a printing and booksellers shop in Boston, publishing a great number of books in French and introducing American readers to the works of Rousseau and his followers. He relocated his business to Philadelphia in 1812, but by 1825 Nancrède had returned to France, where he still occasionally published political writings and maintained his interest in Franco-American affairs.
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Sterne, Madeleine B. “Joseph de Nancrède, Franco-American Bookseller-Publisher, 1761-1841.” The Papers of the Bibliographic Society of America. Volume 70, 1976. Scope and Content Note
The Madeleine B. Stern Papers related to Joseph de Nancrède span the dates 1972 – 1977 and comprise one linear foot of photocopied letters, original documents, and Stern’s working notes for an article on the Franco-American bookseller-publisher Joseph de Nancrède (1761 – 1841). The collection contains Stern’s research materials, including her notes, translations, transcriptions, and photocopies of documents from libraries in Canada, France, and the United States, which she used in producing an article for The Papers of the Bibliographic Society of America (1976, vol. 70).
The materials in the collection are divided into two series. Series I. Correspondence and Publications consists of photocopied documents either written by or directly related to Joseph de Nancrède, including correspondence, official documents (death certificate, will, and passport), the Courier de Boston, De la Politique de l’Angleterre, and book catalogs. Many of these documents have been transcribed and in some cases translated. The copies were collected from various libraries and archives by Stern in the course of her research.
Series II. Production Materials consists of Stern’s working notes, correspondence, and other materials related to the publication of her article on Nancrède. The materials in this series reveal Stern’s research methods and the institutions she dealt with while researching her subject. The final manuscript is included, along with correspondence between Stern and her editor and an offprint of the published article. Additionally, most of Stern’s material was alphabetically indexed and given an item number and her card index is included in the collection.
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Series I. Correspondence and Publications Photocopied documents, correspondence, official documents, literary publications, and book catalogues. Papineau Papers Collection of 71 letters and documents to, from, and about Joseph de Nancrède. Photocopies of materials in the Papineau Papers, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Canada. Correspondents include, Joel Barlow, Joseph Bonaparte, Brissot de Warville, Saint-Mery, and Timothy Pickering. A1 Papineau 1 A2 Papineau 2 A3 Papineau 3 B Katherine de Nancrède Pond Collection Copies courtesy of Professor Allen J. Barthold C Mathew Carey Collection, American Antiquarian Society D Charles Roberts Autograph Letters Collection, Haverford College Library Letters from William Cobbett (8 items) E Edmond Charles Gênet Papers, Library of Congress Letters from Citizen Gênet F1 Letters to Mathew Carey Copies from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania F2 Letters to Josephine Dennie Copies from the Houghton Library F3 Letters to Dupont de Nemours Copies from Eleutherian Mills Historical Library F4 Letters to Genet Copies from Library of Congress F5 Letters to Corporation of Harvard College Copies from Harvard College F6 Letters to Timothy Pickering Copies from Massachusetts Historical Society F7 Letters to James Ronaldson Copies from National Archives (Washington, DC) F8 Letters to Isaiah Thomas Copies from American Antiquarian Society F9 Family letters from Public Archives of Canada Archives Nationales Quebec F10 Nancrède’s death certificate and Last Will and Testament Copies from Archives de Paris F11 Nancrède’s passport application Copy from National Archives (Washington, DC) G Correspondence Consulaire Boston, 1793-1795 Copies from Ministère des Affaires Étrangères H Vaccine Agency in Philadelphia Copies from National Archives (Washington, DC) Courier de Boston, April 23 – October 15, 1789 Photocopies of complete run of the Franco-American newspaper J1 Nos. 1-9, April 23 – June 18, 1789 J2 Nos. 10-18, June 25 – Aug 20, 1789 J3 Nos. 19-26, Aug 27 – Oct 15, 1789 L Courier de la France et des Colonies, October 15, 1795 – March 1796 Microfilm of paper edited by Moreau de Saint-Mery. De la Politique de L’ Angleterre, Paris, 1825 Photocopy and microfilm from Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris (microfilm for both items located in last row of box) Book Catalogues Photocopies from American Antiquarian Society and Harvard College Library M1 1796 M2 1798 M3 1803 Series II. Production Materials Working notes, correspondence, and other materials related to the publication of Stern’s article on de Nancrède I Early life II French teacher III Courier de Boston IV Private life V Translations, compilations, writings VI Genet and Nancrède’s Consular War VII Bookselling VIII Publishing IX Paris, 1804 – 1812 X Philadelphia, 1812-1825 XI Last years in Paris, 1825-1841 XII Jacques Pierre Brissot de Warville and the Franco-American Press Series II. Production Materials (cont’d) XIII “Saint Pierre in America: Joseph Nancrède and Isaiah Thomas” Manuscript and notes for published article in Papers of the Bibliographic Society of America. Volume 68, 1974. XIV James Tytler XV Miscellaneous notes and documents XVI Miscellaneous notes and documents XVII Miscellaneous notes and documents XVIII Miscellaneous notes and documents XIX Correspondence pertaining to publication XX Nancrède Outline XXIa Nancrède Manuscript Manuscript and galley sheets for Joseph de Nancrède, Franco- American Bookseller-Publisher, 1761-1841, by Madeleine B. Stern, [n.d.]. XXIb Nancrède Manuscript XXII Stern, Margaret B. “Brissot de Warville and the Franco- American Press.” A Reprint from Studies in Bibliography: Papers of the Bibliographic Society of the University of Virginia, vol. 29: 362-372. Charlottesville: Bibliographic Society of the University of Virginia, 1976. XXIII _____ “Joseph de Nancrède, Franco-American Bookseller- Publisher, 1761 – 1841.” An Offprint from The Papers of the Bibliographic Society of America, vol. 70. Austin: Bibliographic Society of America, 1976.
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