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Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
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Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Vidocq, Eugène François, 1775-1857
Materials are in French.
Consists of the correspondence and documents of French police officer Eugène François Vidocq, who founded the first private detective agency in 1832 in Paris. The collection concerns the business of this agency, including bills for services rendered and reports by Vidocq to his clients. Most of the correspondence pertains to cases involving finding debtors and persuading them to settle their obligations.
This collection is open for research.
Eugène François Vidocq (1775-1857) was a French police officer who founded the first private detective agency in 1832 in Paris.
A collection of 62 documents, mostly correspondence, all dealing with the business of his agency during the period of 1833-1847. During this period of time a lion's share of his work appears to have been in finding and then persuading reluctant debtors to settle their obligations. That aspect is clearly reflected in the agency's correspondence which includes 14 letters signed by Vidocq. The collection consists of letters from clients with assignments for Vidocq, his inquiries to police and other officials all over France and abroad (Berne, for example), their replies, Vidocq's reports to clients, often with advice on how to proceed in difficult situations, followed by dunning letters, responses to them, and finally, bills to clients.
Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.