University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Ferdinand Forzinetti:

A Preliminary Inventory of His Collection of Alfred Dreyfus and the Dreyfus Affair at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center



Creator: Forzinetti, Ferdinand, 1839-1909
Title: Collection of Alfred Dreyfus and the Dreyfus Affair
Dates: 1894-1947
Abstract: This collection contains letters, documents, and photographs related to the Dreyfus Affair. Correspondents of note include George Clemenceau, Alfred Dreyfus, Ferdinand Labori, Auguste Mercier, Georges Picquart, and Joseph Reinach. Documents include the text of the "Bordereau"; Forzinetti's communications with the military command regarding the incarceration and treatment of Dreyfus; Emile Zola's article "J'Accuse"; a copy of Dreyfus's compilation of letters to his wife, Lettres D'un Innocent; and correspondence of the subsequent generation. Photographic images include a police photograph of Dreyfus taken after his degradation ceremony, and portraits of Georges-Marie Picquart, Emile Zola, and Alfred Dreyfus.
RLIN Record #: None
Extent: 2 boxes, 1 oversize folder (.84 linear feet)
Language: Most material in English and French.
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Scope and Contents

In October 1894, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a French Army General Staff trainee of the 14th Artillery, was accused of high treason and subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil's Island. Ferdinand Forzinetti, commandant of Cherche-Midi military prison where Dreyfus was first held, was convinced of Dreyfus's innocence from the beginning and is credited as the first Frenchman to protest his innocence. This collection of letters, documents, and photographs provides a unique vantage point for understanding the Dreyfus Affair, which became the vortex of French politics in the latter part of the 19th century.

This collection is arranged primarily in chronological order, following the descriptive catalogue The Forzinetti Archive & The Dreyfus Affair, by Patrick J. McGrath and Glenn Horowitz. A copy of the catalogue is available in the repository with the inventory. In a few instances, the date arrangement has been adjusted to facilitate the narrative. The collection items are in individual folders and are described individually in the following folder list. Folder numbers follow the catalogue's item numbers, and narrative headings from the catalogue also appear in the folder list. While the documents are present in the original French language, translations by Professor Julie Fette of the University of Maryland are provided in the catalogue, and dates have been anglicized.

Correspondents of note include George Clemenceau, Alfred Dreyfus, Ferdinand Labori, Auguste Mercier, Georges Picquart, and Joseph Reinach. There are over thirty letters from Dreyfus to Forzinetti during the eleven year period from 1899-1909, dating from Dreyfus's pardon to Forzinetti's death. Transcriptions of Forzinetti's letters to Dreyfus are also present. Authors and photographers of the letters, documents, and photographs are listed in the index at the end of the finding aid.

The documents include the text of the "Bordereau," written by Dreyfus at his second court martial in 1899; Forzinetti's communications with the military command regarding the incarceration and treatment of Dreyfus; Emile Zola's explosive article "J'Accuse" in the January 1898 issue of L'Aurore; and a copy of Dreyfus's compilation of letters to his wife, Lettres D'un Innocent, published in 1898. In all, the documents trace the narrative from its duplicitous beginnings, through the coverup, to exoneration, all with an overlay of anti-Semitism and political intrigue. The papers also reflect the price Forzinetti paid for his convictions, for he did not fair well at the hands of the authorities, as his military career faltered and finally ended in the early 1900s.

Photographic images include a police photograph of Dreyfus taken after the degradation ceremony on January 5, 1895; and portrait photographs of Georges-Marie Picquart, Emile Zola, and Alfred Dreyfus.

The papers also contain correspondence of the subsequent generation, through the sons of Dreyfus and Forzinetti. Forzinetti's son, Louis, annotated many of the documents and letters, adding dates and other pertinent information.

Much of the material is fragile and has been housed in mylar sleeves. Care should be taken in handling these papers.

Additional material by and about Alfred Dreyfus and the Dreyfus Affair can be found in the Ransom Center's Ernest William Smith and Carlton Lake Collections. These materials include books, newspapers and magazines, a number of letters and postcards, and two original drawings of courtroom events (one by Paul Renouard), as well as items concerning the British film The Dreyfus Case (1931).


Restrictions

Access:

Open for research


Administrative Information

URL:

www.hrc.utexa.edu/research/fa/forzinetti.hp.html

Acquisition:

Purchase, 2004 (Reg. 15273)

Processed by:

Alex Jasinski and Liz Murray, 2004


Sources:

McGrath, Patrick J. and Glenn Horowitz. The Forzinetti Archive and the Dreyfus Affair. New York: Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, 2002.


Ferdinand Forzinetti Collection of Alfred Dreyfus and the Dreyfus Affair--Folder List

 

The Bordereau, 1899

Box Folder
1 1 Dreyfus, Alfred. Text of the "Bordereau," n.d. [Rennes, Aug.-Sept. 1899]



 

Dreyfus’s Arrest, Interrogation and Trial, 1894- 1895

Box Folder
1 2 Transcription of three Oct. 14, 1894 orders from Gen. Auguste Mercier to Forzinetti
3 [Mercier, Auguste]. Recommendations speciales pour M. le Commandant Forzinetti, Paris, Oct. 15, 1894
4 Transcription of Forzinetti's letter to Gen. Saussier, Oct. 27, 1894
5 Gribelin, Felix. Transcription of report by Dr. Defos du Rau on health of Dreyfus, Oct. 28, 1894
6 Handwritten letter from F. Gribelin to Forzinetti, [ Oct. 1894]
7 Certified copy of letter from Auguste Mercier to Gen. Saussier, Dec. 12, 1894 (certified by S. Tisseyre)
8 Handwritten letter signed "Michel" to Gen. Saussier, Dec. 13, 1894, with transcription
9 Bertillon, Alphonse. Police photograph of Dreyfus taken after the degradation ceremony, Jan. 5, 1895
10 Transcription of letter from Gen. Tisseyre to Gen. Saussier, Dec. 14, 1894
Handwritten letters from S. Tisseyre to Forzinetti,
Box Folder
1 11 Jan. 2, 1894 [1895]
12 Jan. 4, 1895



 

Dreyfus on Devil’s Island, 1898

Box Folder
1 13 Dreyfus, Alfred. Lettre D'un Innocent, Paris: P-V. Stock, 1898, signed by Dreyfus



 

Forzinetti and the Beginning of the Revision Campaign, 1895-1897

Box Folder
1 14 Letter from A. Mercier to Deputy Rouvier, Jan. 26, 1895, handwritten in secretarial hand
15 Handwritten document in secretarial hand, signed Tisseyre, Feb. 16, 1895, certified copy; Certified copy of letter from Minister of War Emile Zurlinden to Gen. Saussier, transcription
16 Typed letter from Forzinetti to the Minister of War, Feb. 19, 1895
17 Handwritten letter from "Rouvier" to Forzinetti, Mar. 2, 1895
18 Letter from Gen. Saussier to Forzinetti, Mar. 5, 1895, in secretarial hand
19 "Lettre de Service" appointing Forzinetti Battalion Chief, Mar. 22, 1895 [removed to oversize folder]
20 Handwritten letter [unknown correspondent, Société Géneralé letterhead] to Forzinetti, Mar. 28, 1895
21 Transcription of Forzinetti's Mar. 30, 1895 letter to the Land and Mortgage Bank
22 Handwritten letter, signed "Lambert," to Forzinetti, May 13, 1895, in secretarial hand
23 Handwritten letter, signed "Ribot," to Senator Cirman, June 17, 1895, in secretarial hand
24 Handwritten letter, signed "Cirman," to Forzinetti, June 19, 1895
25 Order of Convocation (Army Corps letterhead), June 23, 1895
26 Handwritten letter, signed "S. Tisseyre," to Forzinetti, Nov. 23, 1896
27 Handwritten letter, signed "Meynaud," to Forzinetti, Feb. 5, 1897
28 Printed "Ordre de Convocation" (7th Army Corps letterhead) to Forzinetti, May 26, 1897
29 Document signed for the Minister of War to Forzinetti, July 1, 1897
30 Handwritten letter from Albert d'Aboville to Forzinetti, July 5, 1897



 

Picquart, The Petit Bleu and the Esterhazy Trial, 1897-1908

Box Folder
1 31 Photographic portrait by A. Gerschel of Georges- Marie Picquart, n.d.
32 Typed letter from Marie Charles Esterhazy to "a gentleman," Feb. 2 1908
Transcriptions of letters from Forzinetti to Count Kératry,
Box Folder
1 33 Oct. 31, 1897
34 Nov. 1, 1897, with Kératry's reply, Nov. 19, 1897
35 Handwritten letter from Forzinetti to Kératry, Nov. 1, 1897
36 Transcription of letter from Forzinetti to Gen. Saussier, Nov. 2, 1897
Handwritten documents dismissing Forzinetti from his post,
Box Folder
1 37 Nov. 18, 1897, signed by Gen. Saussier
38 Nov. 18, 1897, from Minister of War, signed by "Aranches"
39 Transcription of Forzinetti's letter to Kératry, Nov. 19, 1897
40 Transcription of Forzinetti's letter to Henri Rochefort, Nov. 20, 1897
41 Transcription of Forzinetti's "Ordre du Prison," Nov. 20, 1897
42 Handwritten letter from "Langlade" to Forzinetti, Nov. 27, 1897
43 Typed and printed documents [oversize material removed to oversize folder]



 

Zola and J’Accuse: The Affair at Fever Pitch, 1898-1899

Box Folder
1 44 Zola, Emile. "J'Accuse!" in L'Aurore, Jan. 3, 1898 [removed to oversize folder]
45 Portrait photograph of Emile Zola, inscribed
46 Court of Appeals summons directing Forzinetti to appear on Jan. 27, 1899
47 Handwritten letter from Georges-Marie Picquart to Forzinetti, May 30, 1899



 

The Rennes Trial, 1899

Box Folder
1 48 Telegram from Lucie Dreyfus to Forzinetti, June 3, 1899
49 Telegram from Paul Valabrègue to Forzinetti, June 4, 1899
50 Draft of telegram from Forzinetti to Dreyfus [ca. June-July, 1899]
51 Handwritten note to the Paris Prefect of Police, July 26, 1899
52 Summons directing Forzinetti to appear and testify on Aug. 7, 1899
Telegrams from "Sauphar[d]" to Forzinetti,
Box Folder
1 53 Aug. 18, 1899
54 Sept. 11, 1899
55 Handwritten note from Georges Clemenceau to Forzinetti, [ca. late Oct., 1899], and handwritten document from Jean Pecorari to Forzinetti, Oct. 26, 1899



 

Forzinetti-Dreyfus Correspondence, 1899-1906?

Box Folder
1 56 Photographic portrait of Alfred Dreyfus, n.d., inscribed
57 Handwritten letter from Alfred and Lucie Dreyfus to Forzinetti, Oct. 13, 1899
Handwritten letters from Alfred Dreyfus to Forzinetti,
Box Folder
1 58 Dec. 18, 1899
59 Dec. 23, 1899
60 [ca. Jan., 1900]
61 Jan. 17, 1900
62 [ca. 1900]
63 May 3, 1900
64 June 28, 1900
65 Aug. 7, 1900
66 Sept. 17, 1900
67 [ca. 1900]
68 [ca. Fall, 1900]
69 Dec. 27, 1900
70 Handwritten letter from Ferdinand Labori to Forzinetti, Mar. 19, 1901
Handwritten letters from Alfred Dreyfus to Forzinetti,
Box Folder
1 71 Dec. 16, 1901
72 April 2, n.y.
73 May 1, [1901]
74 [1902]
75 June 27, 1902
76 Sept. 3, 1902
77 Postmarked Nov. 28, 1902
78 n.d. [ca. 1901-1902]
Box Folder
2 79 [ca. 1902]
80 Dec. 27, 1902
81 Handwritten letter from Mathieu Dreyfus to Forzinetti, Dec. 27, 1903
Handwritten letters from Alfred Dreyfus to Forzinetti
Box Folder
2 82 Postmarked May, 1903
83 Dec. 10, [1903?]
84 Handwritten letter from Mathieu Dreyfus to Forzinetti, Dec. 28, 1903
85 Handwritten letter from Alfred Dreyfus to Forzinetti [ Jan. 1904]
86 Handwritten note signed by Forzinetti, n.d.
87 Transcription of letter from Mathieu Dreyfus to Forzinetti, Dec. 3, 1904
88 Handwritten letter from Alfred Dreyfus to Forzinetti, n.d. [ca. Dec. 1904]
89 Handwritten letter from Louise Cahn to Forzinetti, Oct. 27, 1904, and June 27th, [1904?]
90 Handwritten note from Alfred Dreyfus on his calling card, n.d. [ca. 1904-1906?]
91 Handwritten letter from Alfred Dreyfus to Forzinetti, Sept. 9 [1904?]



 

Revision at Last, 1906-1907

Box Folder
2 92 Telegram from Alfred Dreyfus to Forzinetti, July 12, 1906
93 Transcription of telegram from Forzinetti to Dreyfus, July 13, 1906
94 Transcription of letter from Forzinetti to Dreyfus, July 14, 1906
95 Transcription of letters from Forzinetti to Louise Hadamard and Joseph Reinach, July 14, 1906
Handwritten letters from Alfred Dreyfus to Forzinetti,
Box Folder
2 96 Postmarked Oct. 10, 1906
97 Postmarked Oct. 19, 1906
98 Handwritten letter from Forzinetti to Col. Picquart, n.d. [ca. 1906?]
Handwritten notes in Forzinetti’s hand
Box Folder
2 99 n.d. [ca. 1906-1907?]
100 Directed to "Your Highness," n.d. [ca. 1906- 1907?]



 

Forzinetti-Reinach Letters, 1899-1909

Box Folder
2 101 Transcription of letter from Forzinetti to Joseph Reinach, May 5, 1899
102 Typed and handwritten transcriptions of Forzinetti's letter to Reinach, June 12, 1900 [handwritten transcription removed to oversize folder]
Handwritten letters from Reinach to Forzinetti,
Box Folder
2 103-112 n.d. [ca. 1900-1902?]
113 Dec. 28, 1903
114 Transcription of letter from Forzinetti to Reinach, Sept. 29, 1906
115 Handwritten letter from Reinach to Forzinetti, n.d. [ Oct. 26, 1906?]
116 Transcription of letter from Du Paty de Clam to Gil Blas, Nov. 20, 1906, together with a note by Forzinett
117 Handwritten letter from Reinach to Forzinetti, n.d. [Dec. 18, 1906?], with note by Forzinetti
Transcription of letters from Forzinetti to Reinach,
Box Folder
2 118 Dec. 20, 1906
119 Dec. 21, 1906
120 Handwritten letter from Reinach to Forzinetti, Dec. 27, 1906
121 Handwritten letter from Mathieu Dreyfus to Forzinetti, Dec. 28, 1906
Transcription of letters from Forzinetti to Reinach,
Box Folder
2 122 Dec. 29, 1906
123 Jan. 18, 1907
124 Handwritten letter from Reinach to Forzinetti, [ Jan. 20, 1907]
125 Transcription of letter from Forzinetti to Reinach, Feb. 8, 1907
126 Transcription of letter from Forzinetti to the Prince of Monaco, Mar. 20, 1907
127 Transcription of Forzinetti's Mar. 20, 1907 letter to “Roger” (same text as Item 126)
128 Transcription of letter from Forzinetti to the Prince of Monaco, Mar. 26, 1907
129 Handwritten letter from "Roger" to Forzinetti, May 4, 1907
130 Transcription of letter from Forzinetti to Reinach, May 8, 1907
131 Handwritten letter from Reinach to Forzinetti, [ May 9, 1907]
132 Transcription of letter from Forzinetti to Attorney Gabriel Herbin, May 17, 1907
133 Typed letter from the Chief of Cabinet, Monaco, to Forzinetti, May 18, 1907
134 Handwritten letter from Gabriel Herbin to Forzinetti, n.d.
Handwritten letters from Ferdinand Labori to Forzinetti,
Box Folder
2 135 June 19, 1907
136 June 26, 1907
137 Handwritten letter from "Roger" to Forzinetti, Oct. 8, 1907
138 Transcriptions of letters from Forzinetti to the Prince of Monaco, Nov. 20, 1907, and to Bernich, Nov. 25, 1907
139 Handwritten notes in Forzinetti's hand, Dec. 28, 1907
140 Handwritten letter from "Palmaro" to Forzinetti, Jan. 10, 1908
141 Typed letter to Forzinetti, Jan. 14, 1908, from the Chief of Cabinet, Monaco
142 Handwritten letter from François Roussel to Forzinetti, Feb. 16, 1908
143 Typed letter from Roussel to Forzinetti, Feb. 17, 1908
144 Handwritten letter from Roussel to Forzinetti, Feb. 19, 1908
145 Transcription of Forzinetti's "Report to the Secretary General," Feb. 19, 1908
146 Handwritten letter from the Chief of Cabinet to Forzinetti, Feb. 24, 1908
147 Transcription of letter from Forzinetti to Roussel, Feb. 26, 1908
148 Handwritten letter from Roussel to Forzinetti, Feb. 29, 1908
149 Handwritten letter from the Private Secretary of HSH the Prince of Monaco to Forzinetti, Feb. 29, 1908
150 Handwritten letter from Roussel to Forzinetti, Mar. 4, 1908
151 Transcription of letter from Forzinetti to the Prince of Monaco, Mar. 4, 1908
152 Transcription of letter from Forzinetti to Reinach, Mar. 6, 1908
153 Handwritten letter in secretarial hand from Roussel to Forzinetti, Mar. 7, 1908
154 Transcription of letter from Forzinetti to Reinach, Mar. 18, 1908
155 Typed letter from "Roger," the General Governor, to Forzinetti, July 4, 1908
156 Handwritten letter from Reinach to Forzinetti, Nov. 4, 1908
157 Transcription of letter from Forzinetti to Reinach, Dec. 24, 1908
158 Transcription of letter from Forzinetti to Mr. C. Blanc, Jan. 9, 1909
159 Handwritten letter from A. Blanchy to Forzinetti, March 12, 1909
160 Telegram from Mathieu Dreyfus to the family of Commandant Forzinetti, May 7, 1909
161 Handwritten letter from Ferdinand Labori to Louis Forzinetti, June 4, 1909
162 Two typed letters from Georges-Marie Picquart to Louis Forzinetti, June 12 & 19, 1909



 

The Legacies of the Affair, 1909-1947

Box Folder
2 163 Handwritten letter from Alfred Dreyfus to Louis Forzinetti, Nov. 1, 1909
164 Printed death notice for Léon Dreyfus
165 Handwritten letter from Pierre Dreyfus to Louis Forzinetti, Jan. 12, 1946
166 Handwritten letter from Suzanne Dreyfus to Louis Forzinetti, Jan. 29, 1947
Typed letters from Paul Valabrègue to Louis Forzinetti,
Box Folder
2 167 May 14, 1947
168 May 6, 1947
169 Sept. 8, 1947
170 Oct. 6, 1947
171 Handwritten letter from Ernest Mercier to Louis Forzinetti, May 13, 1947
Miscellaneous items
Box Folder
2 172 Unidentifed correspondent to "Sir," on "Chambre des Deputes" letterhead [May, 8, n.y.];
Envelope addressed to Lieut. Col. [Louis] Forzinetti, postmarked Oct. 18, 1939



 Ferdinand Forzinetti Collection of Alfred Dreyfus and the Dreyfus Affair-- Index of Correspondents and Photographers 

  • Aboville, Albert d’, (5th Army Corps letterhead)--Item 30
  • Aranches, _____, (Ministry of War letterhead)--Item 38
  • Bertillon, Alphonse, photographer--Item 9
  • Blanchy, A_____ (Monaco Palace, Cabinet of the Prince letterhead)--Item 159
  • Cahn, Louise--Item 89
  • Cirman, _____ (Senate letterhead)--Item 24
  • Clemenceau, Georges, 1841-1929--Item 55
  • Court of Appeals--Item 46
  • Court Martial at Rennes--Item 52
  • Dreyfus, Alfred, 1859-1935--Items 1; 13; 57-69; 71-80; 82-83; 85; 88; 90-92; 96-97; 163
  • Dreyfus, Lucie--Items 48; 57
  • Dreyfus, Mathieu, 1857-1930--Items 81; 84; 87; 121; 160
  • Dreyfus, Pierre, d. 1946--Item 165
  • Dreyfus, Suzanne--Item 166
  • Du Paty de Clam--Item 116
  • Esterhazy, Ferdinand Walsin, 1847-1923--Item 32
  • Esterhazy, Marie Charles--see Esterhazy, Ferdinand Walsin
  • Forzinetti, Ferdinand, 1839-1909 (*Principality of Monaco letterhead)--Items 4 (Military Governor of Paris letterhead); 16; 21; 33-36; 39-41; 50-51; 86; 93-95; 98-102; 114; 117-119; 122*; 123; 125-126; 127-128*; 130; 132; 138-139; 145*; 147*; 151*; 152; 154*; 157-158
  • France. Ministry of War--Item 29
  • Gerschel, A., photographer--Items 31; 56
  • Gribelin, Felix--Items 5-6
  • Herbin, Gabriel--Item 134
  • Kératry, E. de (Emile), comte, 1832-1904--Item 34
  • Labori, Ferdinand (*Chamber of Deputies letterhead)--Items 70; 135- 136*; 161
  • Lambert, _____(Dufayel department store letterhead)--Item 22
  • Langlade, _____ (Commandant of the Military Prisons of Paris letterhead)--Item 42
  • London Stereoscopic Company, photographer--Item 45
  • Mercier, Auguste--Items 2-3; 7; 14 (Ministry of War letterhead)
  • Mercier, Ernest--Item 171
  • Meynaud, _____ (Société Française d’Etudes letterhead)--Item 27
  • Michel, _____ (Military Governor of Paris letterhead)--Item 8
  • Monaco (Chief of Cabinet)--Items 133; 141; 146
  • Palmaro, _____ (Principality of Monaco letterhead)--Item 140
  • Pecorari, Jean--Item 55
  • Picquart, Georges--Items 47; 162 (Ministry of War letterhead)
  • Prince of Monaco (Private Secretary)--Item 149
  • Reinach, Joseph, 1856-1921 (*Chamber of Deputies letterhead)--Items 103-113; 115*; 117*; 120*; 124*; 131*; 156
  • Ribot, ____(Ministry of Finances letterhead)--Item 23
  • Roger, _____ (Principality of Monaco letterhead)--Items 129; 137; 155
  • Roussel, François (Principality of Monaco letterhead)--Items 142-144; 148; 150; 153
  • Rouvier, _____ (Chamber of Deputies letterhead)--Item 17
  • Sauphar or Sauphard, _____--Item 53
  • Saussier, Félix-Gaston (Military Governor of Paris letterhead)--Items 18; 37
  • Tisseyre or Teisseyre, S., General (*Military Governor of Paris letterhead)--Items 10; 11-12*; 15*; 26*
  • Valabrègue, Paul--Items 49; 167; 168 (Emmanuel Valabrègue & Company letterhead); 169; 170
  • Zola, Emile, 1840-1902--Item 44
  • Zurlinden, Emile Auguste, 1837-1929--Item 15