The Musée d'Orsay Archive Collection

The Musée d'Orsay holds archival fonds and collections of old documents that may be consulted on request at the conservation archive centre. These have come from the descendants of artists or have been acquired at public sales, and sometimes access to them is restricted.
There is a great variety in these archives. They contain documentary items, glass plates, old photographic prints, press reviews, correspondence and drawings.

Click here for a consultation application form, to be sent at least one week in advance to the following address: documentation.conservation@musee-orsay.fr

Archives held by the Musée d'Orsay

Collections on the Station, the Hotel and the Musée d'Orsay

  • Collection on the construction of the Gare d'Orsay (including the fonds of the Fives-Lille Company and the SNCF fonds)
  • Collection on the Gare d'Orsay and the Palais d'Orsay Hotel
  • Collection on the transformation from Station to Museum
  • Collection on the museography of the Musée d’Orsay



Artist Fonds

Architecture

  • Fonds: Victor Baltard (1805-1874)
  • Fonds: Drawings by Emile Bernaux (1883- c.1919)
  • Fonds: Victor Blavette (1850-1933)
  • Fonds: Drawings by Marcel Boille (1850-1942) and Maurice Boille (1883-1966)
  • Fonds: Drawings and documents by Louis Boitte (1830-1906)
  • Fonds: Félix Bracquemond (1833-1914)
  • Fonds: Maurice Coulomb (?-1942)
  • Fonds: Noël Bouton, known as Noël-Bouton (1860-1954)
  • Fonds: Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923)
  • Collection: Drawings by Jean-Camille Formigé (1845-1926)
  • Fonds: François Garas (1866-1925)
  • Fonds: Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926)
  • Fonds: Alphonse Gosset (1835-1914) :
    Fonds: Alphonse Gosset documents
    Fonds: Universal Exhibition diplomas
  • Fonds: Albums of photographs of works by Jacques Hermant (1855-1930)
  • Fonds: Drawings by Joseph Hornecker (1873-1942) and photographs of works by Edgar Brandt (1880-1960)
  • Fonds: Henri Labrouste (1801-1875)
  • Collection: Victor Laloux (1850-1937)
    Fonds: Asturienne-Penamet
    Fonds: SNCF
  • Fonds: Charles Lameire (1832-1910)
  • Fonds: Paul Lebret (1875-1933)
  • Fonds: Charles-Clément Le Coeur (1806-1897) and Charles-Justin Le Coeur (1830-1906)
  • Fonds: Juste Lisch (1828-1910)
  • Fonds: Monduit Company (established in 1861)
  • Fonds: Alfred Normand (1822-1909)
  • Fonds: Marcellin Varcollier (1829-1895) and Louis Varcollier (1864-1948)
  • Collection of old maquettes

Decorative Arts

  • Fonds: Edouard Avisseau (1831-1911) and Hector Giacomelli (1822-1904)
  • Fonds: Lucien Bonvallet (1861-1919)
  • Fonds: Bugatti:
    Fonds: Carlo Bugatti
    Fonds: Bugatti Family
  • Fonds: Alexandre Charpentier (1856-1909) – Jules Chéret (1836-1932) – Félix Bracquemond (1833-1914)</li<li>Fonds: Hippolyte Cottin (1829-1917) and Maison Cottin-Jougand
  • Fonds: Auguste Delaherche (1857-1940)
  • Fonds: Emile Froment-Meurice (1837-1913)
  • Fonds: Drawings by Emile Gallé (1846-1904)
  • Fonds: Drawings and course notebooks of Eugène Grasset (1845-1917)
  • Fonds: Jules Albaret - Alexandre Gueyton (1818-1862)
  • Fonds: Enguerrand du Suau de La Croix (1840-1914) and Jeanne de Montigny (1858-1949)
  • Fonds: René Lalique (1860-1945)
  • Fonds: Dimitri Soukhov (1867-1958)
  • Fonds: Tassinari and Châtel (1864)
  • Collection of fashion plates
  • Collection of wallpapers

Painting-Graphic Arts

  • Fonds: Marcel Baschet (1862-1941)
  • Fonds: Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931)
  • Fonds: Jules Breton (1827-1906)
  • Fonds: Eugène Carriere (1849-1906)
  • Fonds: Léon Comerre and Jacqueline Comerre-Paton (1850-1916)
  • Fonds: Dagnan-Bouveret (1852-1929)
  • Fonds: Edgar Degas (1834-1917) :
    Fonds: Degas-Martinez
    Fonds: Degas-Nepveu
    Fonds: Degas-Feve
    Fonds: Degas-Ingres
  • Fonds: Le Masle (Degas)
  • Fonds: Elie Delaunay (1828-1891)
  • Fonds: George Desvallieres (1861-1950)
  • Fonds: André Devambez (1867-1944)
  • Fonds: Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904) and Aimé Morot (1850-1913)
  • Fonds: Louis-Welden Hawkins (1849-1910)
  • Fonds: Henry Lerolle (1848-1929) and Henri Rouart (1833-1912)
  • Fonds: Lucien Levy-Dhurmer (1865-1953)
  • Fonds: Maximilien Luce (1858-1941)
  • Fonds: Liapine (Ernest Meissonier and Félix Vallotton)
  • Fonds: Ernest Meissonier (1815-1891)
  • Fonds: Claude Monet (1840-1926)
  • Fonds: George-Daniel de Monfreid (1856-1929) – Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)
  • Fonds: Alphonse Osbert (1857-1939)
  • Fonds: Georges Seurat (1859-1891)
  • Fonds: Eugénie Venot d'Auteroche (1839-1917)
  • Fonds: Théo van Rysselberghe (1862-1926)
  • Collection of palettes and artists’ objects

Photography and Theatre Arts

  • Fonds: Paul Burty Haviland (1880-1950)
  • Fonds: Paul Marsan, known as Dornac (1858-1941)
  • Fonds: Félix Nadar (1820-1910)
  • Fonds: Charles Negre (1820-1880)
  • Fonds: Paul Legrand (1816-1898)
  • Collection of cinematographic objects
  • Collection of zinc cut-outs from the Chat Noir shadow theatre

Sculpture

  • Fonds: Eugène Aizelin (1821-1902)
  • Fonds: Alexis Andre (1858-1935)
  • Fonds: Ernest Barrias (1841-1905) – Théodore Rivière (1857-1912)
  • Fonds: Auguste Cain (1821-1984)
  • Fonds: Jean Carlus (1852-1930)
  • Fonds: Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux:
    Fonds: Carpeaux-Holfeld
    Fonds: Carpeaux-Riotor
    Fonds: Carpeaux- Rispal
  • Fonds: Camille Claudel (1864-1943)
  • Fonds: Charles Cordier (1827-1905)
  • Collection: Aimé-Jules Dalou (1838-1902):
    Fonds: Dalou-Fonderie Susse
    Fonds: Dalou
  • Fonds: Honoré Daumier (1808-1879)
  • Fonds: Louis-Emile Decorchemont (1851-1920)
  • Fonds: Emmanuel Fremiet (1824-1910)
  • Fonds: Fonderie Valsuani
  • Fonds: Eugène Guillaume (1822-1905)
  • Iconographic fonds: Le Camée bookshop
  • Fonds: Charles Lenoir (1844-1899) and Pierre Lenoir (1879-1953)
  • Collection: Anatole Marquet de Vasselot (1840-1904):
    Fonds: Marquet de Vasselot-Carnot
    Fonds: Marquet de Vasselot-O’Neil
  • Fonds: Paul Moreau-Vauthier (1871-1936)
  • Fonds: Mathurin Pèche (1872-1957)
  • Fonds: François Pompon (1855-1933) – René Demeurisse
  • Fonds: Théodore Riviere (1857-1912)
  • Fonds: Pierre Roche (1855-1922)
  • Fonds: Louis-Oscar Roty (1846-1911)
  • Fonds: Capellaro and Paul Roussel (1867-1928)
  • Fonds: Charles René de Saint-Marceaux (1845-1915)
  • Fonds: Gaston Schnegg (1866-1953)
  • Fonds: Victor Thiebaut
  • Collection of modern castings

Art dealers, Galleries, and Artistic Personalities

  • Fonds: Arnold et Tripp
  • Fonds: Zacharie Astruc (1835-1907)
  • Fonds: Barbazanges-Hodebert Gallery
  • Fonds: Léonce Benedite (1856-1925)
  • Collection: Etienne Bignou (1891-1950):
    Fonds: Bignou-Beres Gallery
    Fonds: Bignou-Vollard
    Fonds: Bignou Gallery
  • Adolphe Braun Albums
  • Fonds: Loïe Fuller (1862-1928)
  • Fonds: Max Kaganovitch (1891-1978) and Rosy Kaganovitch (1900-1961)
  • Fonds: Grafton Galleries
  • • Documentary fonds: “The Nine Muses”
  • Fonds: Maison Riboulet-Goby
  • Fonds: Menier Family
  • Fonds: Antonin Personnaz (1855-1936)
  • Fonds: Texbraun Gallery - Pyrenean Museum – on permanent loan in Lourdes
  • Fonds: Rosenberg Gallery
  • Fonds: Victor Segalen (1878-1919)
  • Collection: Ambroise Vollard (1866-1939):
    Archival fonds: Vollard Gallery
    Fonds: Reproductions of works that passed through the Vollard Gallery



Individual Pieces

  • Frame with 13 photographs of Jean Carriès (1855-1894)
  • Letter from Benjamin Constant (1845-1920)
  • Letter by Ellen Dixey to Thomas Couture (before 1879)
  • Letters by Paul Flat (1865-1918) and Maurice Chabas (1862-1947)
  • Diploma and lorgnon of Emmanuel Fremiet (1824-1910)
  • Notebook of accounts and addresses, with list of artworks, belonging to Albert Hecht (1842-1889)
  • Photograph of Emile Gustave Marchegay (1859-1932)
  • Letter by Emile Froment-Meurice (1837-1913)
  • Banknote with illustration of the Woodcutter by Ferdinand Hodler (1926)
  • Letters from Georges Lafenestre to Kums and his reply (1841-1877)
  • Letter by Robert de Montesquiou Fezensac (1855-1921)
  • Register of Paul Soyer (1832-1903)
  • Letter from Sully-Prudhomme (1839-1907) (just one letter)
  • Letter from E. Vallon to the Society of Independent Artists
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