Yale Tocqueville Manuscripts, ca. 1802-1840
Papers, artifacts, and portraits of both Alexis de Tocqueville, the 19th century French political thinker and historian and Gustave de Beaumont, his friend and travel companion.
The Yale Tocqueville Manuscripts contains papers of both Alexis de Tocqueville, the nineteenth century French political thinker and historian and Gustave de Beaumont, his friend and travel companion. The papers include holograph manuscripts by Tocqueville (including the manuscript of Democracy in America), Beaumont, their families and associates, as well as holograph copies by contemporary and later copyists, and photoduplicated copies of originals held elsewhere. The collection includes correspondence and documents relating to Tocqueville’s and Beaumont’s visit to the United States, 1831-1832, and investigations of the American penitentiary system.
Some of the originals from which Yale copies were made have since disappeared, and of those some are known or believed to have been destroyed.
“Tocqueville’s Visions of Democracy,” George Pierson, Yale University Library Gazette (1976)
Currently, only a portion of the Beinecke Library’s Tocqueville collections are available online.