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Madeleine B. Stern papers related to Joseph de Nancrède

Identifier: MSS 0455

Scope and Contents

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.


  • Creation: 1972-1977


Language of Materials

Materials in English and French.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library,

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.

“Madeleine B. Stern.” Contemporary Authors Online, The Gale Group. 2002. Retrieved November 17, 2002 from of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1958-1964.

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.

Sterne, Madeleine B. “Joseph de Nancrède, Franco-American Bookseller-Publisher, 1761-1841.” The Papers of the Bibliographic Society of America. Volume 70, 1976.


1 linear foot (1 box)


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 working notes from rare book dealer and writer Stern for an article on the Franco-American bookseller-publisher Joseph de Nancrède (1761-1841).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Madeleine B. Stern, 1977

Shelving Summary

Box 1: Shelved in SPEC MSS record center cartons

Processing Information

Processed by Gerald Cloud, November 2002. Encoded by Jaime Margalotti, June 2021.

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University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
2021 June 24
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