Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wednesday primary sources #13

This week, I offer three primary sources in Stanford's collections. All three are household inventories from France from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries and offer glimpses into the daily lives and socio-economic environments of their creators. In chronological order:

Dijon (France) : household inventory for estate of Anne Guit, 1686 February 20.

MISC 976

Detailed inventory of the furniture and papers of deceased, Anne Guit, wife of André Kriffain, prepared by Louis Carré, the King's notary at Dijon. Several other dealers are mentioned. 37 pages.

Dubois, Madame, 1725-1820. Account journal : manuscript codex, 1747-1821.


Consists of accounts of Madame Dubois, a vintner living in or near Angers with vineyards located in the Perche. Her daughter, Mademoiselle Dubois, takes up the journal in 1802, and a male of the family also makes entries in the early 19th cent. In all, the periods 1747-1763, 1800-1808, and 1814-1821 are covered. Aside from the vineyard accounts, includes as well details of the cost of running an 18th cent. provincial household and the inventory made at the death of Madame Dubois. 176 pages.

Montpellier (France) : household inventory of a prosperous merchant, 1890. 17 pages.

MISC 1318

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