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Oscar W. Collet Manuscript Collection [DOC MSS 17]

Identifier: DOC MSS 17

Scope and Contents

The Oscar W. Collet Manuscript Collection provides an insightful look at the personal and academic life of Oscar W. Collet. From his work over the years with the Missouri Historical Society to his outside personal research, this collection imparts valuable information on his life and the topics of his constant research. The collection contains items dating from 1768-1902, with most of the material spanning the period of 1880-1900.

Collet corresponded with many nineteenth century scholars and historians. Some of the more prominent correspondents include Francis Parkman and John Gilmary Shea. These correspondences can be found in the correspondence series.

Collet had several unpublished manuscripts which can be found in the manuscripts series. His biography of Julia Dean is located in this series. Also worthy of mention are Collet's novels, complete with illustrations and verses, written in his own hand.

Considered by his contemporaries to be an expert on the Louisiana Territory, Collet did extensive research on this topic. His notes and research tools, including exact copies of certain documents and manuscripts, can be found in the research notes series.


  • 1768-1902



3.30 Linear Feet

772 items other_unmapped

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The collection is organized into six series:  1. Correspondence; 2. Manuscripts; 3. Personal; 4. Research Notes; 5. Research Products; 6. Verses.

Method of Acquisition

This collection contains material which Collet himself produced or acquired during his lifetime. In 1905, one year after his death, Collet's wife donated the collection to Saint Louis University. It is probable that the collection was stored in the library of Du Bourg Hall until the opening of Pius XII Library in 1959. The collection was then stored in the St. Louis Room of Pius until final processing was begun in the fall of 1994.

Oscar W. Collet Manuscript Collection  [DOC MSS 17]DOC MSS 17
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Repository Details

Part of the Saint Louis University Archives Repository

Pius XII Memorial Library
3650 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis Missouri 63108 United States