RepositorySpecial Collections Archives (GB 0029)
Ref NoEUL MS 36
Extent8 boxes and 2 oversize volumes
TitleMariette family papers
DescriptionThe papers are largely family papers, including wills, inventories, and other legal documents, copies of deeds, and private accounts, relating to the Mariette family and connected families, such as the de Villeblin family. The bulk of the collection dates from the eighteenth century.
Admin HistoryEarly branches of the Mariette family moved in high social circles in France, including branches of the Charlet and Desmoulins families, who are both represented to a small extent in this collection. However, the principal Mariette line represented in these family papers can be traced to 1758 and the marriage of Antoinette Louise Desmoulins to Jean-Pierre Mariette (1725-1780), who was a descendant of a well-established Parisian family of printers, publishers and engravers. These included Pierre Mariette (1603-1657) who traded on the Ile du Palais and elsewhere in Paris. His son was likewise called Pierre Mariette (1634-1716) who bought the business from his father in 1657 for 30,000 livres. In turn, his son Jean Mariette (1660-1742) inherited the printing business from his father, and likewise passed it on to his own son Pierre Jean Mariette (1694-1774), who became a famous writer, art collector and engraver in his own right. His large art collection was dispersed in 1775 following his death, fetching over 350,000 livres. Later generations of the Mariette family continued to add to the family papers, which have survived in remarkably good condition and which were not scattered during the Revolution.
Access StatusOpen
Related MaterialNo related papers are known.
Access ConditionsUsual EUL conditions apply.
ArrangementThere is no identified organisation to the collection: the existing order has been retained. The listing by Julie Anne Rice has been carried out using a running sequence of box and document numbers, with later arrangement into her item-level description using these original reference numbers.
Finding_AidsSee 'The Mariette Family Papers in Exeter University Library', Julie Anne Rice, MPhil thesis, Exeter, 1994 for an item-level description of the collection.
Creator_NameMariette; family; printers; of France
Mgt_GroupLanguage and culture papers
Historical papers
DS/UK/266Mariette; family1579 - 1879
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