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Pierre Aubéry Research papers

 Collection — Box: 1-4
Identifier: 16-6F-948

Scope and Contents

Most folders contain handwritten notes and typed drafts of Aubéry's published work. Many folders contain photocopies of Golberg's published work. The collection also includes clippings, correspondence and microfilm. Original folder titles were retained.


  • 1953-1970


Language of Materials

Collection material in English and French.

Terms of Access

The Pierre Aubéry Research papers, 1953-1970, are open for research.


Copyright is held by the State University of New York at Buffalo, University Archives. Copyright of some papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Biographical Note

Pierre Aubéry, b. 1920
Pierre Louis Henri Aubéry was born on August 8, 1920 in Mt-St-Aignan, Seine Maritime, France. Aubéry began his education in France where he earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Lycée du Havre in 1940. In 1944 he received his Licence-ès-Lettres from Toulouse University in both English and French Literature. Aubéry received M.A.s in French Literature and Political Science in 1953 from Duke University and a Doctorat de l'Université in French Literature of the 20th century in 1955. Aubéry taught 20th century French Literature in the Department of Modern Languages and Literature at the University at Buffalo from 1962 until he retired in 1985. As a researcher, Aubéry spent much of his career studying the social significance of French literature of the 19th and 20th century eras. He was the foremost authority on the writings of the anarchist, Mécislas Golberg, a Polish ex-patriot writing in Paris at the turn of the century. In 1965 Aubéry planned to complete a monograph documenting Golberg's contributions to the literary world. Early on, he published a few "key chapters in specialized periodicals in the hope of getting some expert advice, critique and biographical information" (Aubéry, 1965 letter) for the publication. His plan was to publish "a limited number of chapters each covering one facet of Golberg's works" (Aubéry, 1965 letter). The monograph, Mécislas Golberg: anarchiste et décadent, 1868-1907: biographie intellectuelle, suivie de fragments inedits de son journal was finally published in 1978.
Mécislas Golberg, 1868-1907
Mécislas Golberg began his life as a Russian Jew born in Poland on October of 1868. Golberg began his early education in 1883 at College de Plock in Poland. Here Golberg began attending lectures on Shakespeare, Greek and Latin, the Romantics and authors of the 18th century. Later that same year he ventured west to further his education and political agenda at the University of Geneva. There he studied Literature, Philosophy and Natural Sciences with such eminent professors as Édouard Rod and Jung. Golberg received both his Bachelor of Medical Sciences and his Bachelor of Social Science in 1891. After graduating, Golberg left Geneva for Paris, where he would meet many of the eras great thinkers such as Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Appollinaire. In 1894, Golberg co-founded the anarchist literary publication, Le Courrier Social Illustrée, which allowed him to voice his views across Europe. Because of this he often found himself in trouble with the police. Mécislas Golberg died on December 28th 1907 after becoming well-known as a man of words and letters through his many publications.


1.75 Linear Feet (3 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box)


Research on Mécislas Golberg for Aubéry's work, Mécislas Golberg: anarchiste et décadent, 1868-1907: biographie intellectuelle, suivie de fragments inedits de son journal.


This collection is arranged into two series: I. Research and literary critiques, and II. Mécislas Golberg 1868-1907: biographie intellectuelle. Aubéry's original organization was not substantially changed.

Acquisition Information

The papers were originally donated to the University at Buffalo's Poetry/Rare Book Collection by Aubéry on February 19, 1988. The collection was transferred to the University Archives in 2003.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Resources

34/9/542 Tolstoy College records, 1969-1983 [See this collection for information on Aubéry's professional teaching career].

16/6F/1286 Pierre L. Aubery Archives.

Separated Materials

The collection included six rolls of microfilm on Golberg's writing. All microfilm was discarded.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Jen Goul, May 2004.
Finding aid encoded by Danielle White, December 2014.


Finding Aid for the Pierre Aubéry Research papers
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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