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Pierre L. Aubéry Archives

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 16-6F-1286

Scope and Contents

The Pierre L. Aubéry Archives, 1942-2009 (bulk 1960-1990) contain correspondence, research materials, clippings, manuscripts, and published materials created over Aubéry's lifetime. These papers reflect his personal interests and professional scholarship. Boxes one through three contain professional correspondence, correspondence with students, and correspondence with colleagues. Boxes four and five contain research notes and manuscripts about various philosophers. Boxes six through eleven contain mainly topical research files. These files hold handwritten notes, newspapers clippings, and articles. Box twelve holds material about Aubéry's employment at the University at Buffalo and his involvement with United University Professions. Documentation about conferences and professional associations, and ephemera and correspondence relating to Aubéry's travels abroad are also located in box twelve. Research files about specific individuals, including Thomas Jefferson, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Denis Diderot, and Maximilien Robespierre are found in box thirteen. Box fourteen contains topical research files and Aubery's appointment calendars, some of which contain detailed notes. Boxes fifteen through twenty hold topical research files. Some of these folders are arranged in alphabetical order. Box twenty also contains correspondence, news clippings, photographs, postcards, and manuscripts about Le Havre (France), especially during World War II. Box twenty-one holds research files that cover topics such as romanticism, realism, symbolism, and aesthetics. Boxes twenty-two through twenty-five contain research files on specific individuals. The majority of the individuals are French novelists, philosophers, theorists, and artists. These folders have notes, newspaper clippings, essays written by other individuals, manuscript drafts authored by Pierre Aubéry, and other information collected by him. Some of the folders are arranged in alphabetical order. Box twenty-six contains a few research files about individuals, including Satre, as well as personal correspondence and documentation about Aubéry and U.S. immigration.


  • 1942-2009
  • Majority of material found within 1960-1990


Language of Materials

Majority in French, some in English.

Terms of Access

The Pierre L. Aubéry Archives, 1942-2009 (bulk 1960-1990) are open to researchers.


Access to portions of this collection is RESTRICTED until January, 2060.


Copyright of 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 University Archives before requesting photocopies and/or publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Once permission is obtained, most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Biographical Note

Pierre Aubéry, a Guggenheim Fellow and scholar of French Literature and Society, was born in Mont-Saint-Aignan, Seine Maritime, France, in 1920. Aubéry was raised in a family of modest means and came of age in post-World War I France. He held various full-time jobs as a teenager and young adult including as a teacher. He lived through the German occupation during the Second World War and worked as an interpreter for the United States Navy, a position that led to his first book, Les Américains au Havre, published in 1948. This experience established his interest in the political process at an early age. Aubéry then went on to report for Le Havre-Eclair, a daily paper, and Le Havre-Libre, a paper for which he was the Paris correspondent.

Pierre Aubéry’s formal education began at the Lycée de Havre where he earned a Baccalaureate in Philosophy in 1940. This was followed by four years at Toulouse University where Aubéry studied English and French Literature, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. Aubéry received a Fulbright Travel Grant and graduated from Duke University with a Master’s degree in French Literature and Political Science. He completed his Ph.D. with highest honors in 20th Century French Literature from the University of Paris in 1955.

Aubéry moved to the United States to teach at Duke University where he was an instructor in French (1953-1957). He took the position of Assistant Professor of French Literature at Mount Holyoke College (1957-1961), followed by the position of Assistant Professor of French Literature at the University of Alberta, Canada, before moving to Buffalo, New York. At the State University of New York at Buffalo, Aubéry held the appointment of Associate Professor of French Literature (1967-1967) and Professor of French Literature (1967-1985). Aubéry was also a Research Associate at the University of California, Berkeley.

At the University at Buffalo, Aubéry taught 20th century French Literature in the Department of Modern Languages and Literature. As a researcher, Aubéry spent much of his career studying the social significance of French literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. 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. The monograph, Mécislas Golberg: anarchiste et décadent, 1868-1907: biographie intellectuelle, suivie de fragments inedits de son journal was published in 1978. Aubéry was instrumental in bringing many distinguished French scholars to the university, including Michel Foucault from 1970-1972. His research interests extended to Canadian Studies, particularly Québécois identity, the Quebec sovereignty movement, and the traditional French perception of Canada, on which he lectured and wrote extensively.

Pierre Aubéry was honored with many awards and fellowships including multiple research fellowships through the University at Buffalo and the SUNY Research Foundation, status of Professor Emeritus upon his retirement from the State University of New York (1985-2009), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1964), Canada Council Fellowship (1962), and Reçu Docteur de l’Université de Paris, Mention très honorable (1955), and the Fulbright Travel Grant (1952-1954). Aubéry published four books and numerous articles and book reviews during his lifetime.


32.7 Linear Feet (26 cartons, 1 half manuscript box)


The personal papers and professional papers of Pierre L. Aubéry. Collection contains correspondence, research material, publications and clippings.


The Pierre L. Aubéry Archives, 1942-2009 (bulk 1960-1990) are arranged in the order created and maintained by Pierre Aubéry. Materials are described at the file level and folder names are original unless otherwise indicated.

Acquisition Information

The Pierre L. Aubéry Archives was donated to the University Archives by Eric Aubery in September 2015.

Accruals and Additions

Additional accruals are expected.

Related Resources

16/6F/948, Pierre Aubéry Research Papers, 1953-1970.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives staff, May 2016.

Finding aid encoded by Sarah Pinard, June 2016.

  • Personal financial records and records related to Pierre Aubéry's health were removed. Maps and other mass-produced ephemera collected by Aubery during his travels were also removed. Travel itinerary, transportation tickets, and logistical correspondence were also removed. Large wall calendars were removed. Empty folders were discarded.


Pierre L. Aubéry Archives
Finding aid prepared by Sarah Pinard
June 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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