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- Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821.
[Portraits] of Napoleon and illustrations of his military engagements.
Napoleon rose to power in the wake of the French Revolution, winning key military victories against the British; in 1798 he commanded an expedition to Egypt to cut off the British trade routes to India (015-017). While there, the French began the study of Egyptology and found the Rosetta Stone. Napoleon returned to France and was voted consul for life in 1802, and then crowned Napoleon I, Emperor of France, in 1804 (031-035). While Emperor, he centralized the government, established a National Bank and police force, and codified the laws into the Napoleonic Code. From 1804-1812 he worked to build his Empire from the Atlantic to the Russian borders. He suffered a defeat at Trafalgar to the British navy in 1805 (037) and abdicated the throne, being exiled to Elba in 1814, from whence he reemerged to try to seize power once again (070), but was decisively defeated at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 (077-079) and exiled to the island of St. Helena where he died in 1821 (082). The portraits in the collection commemorate many of these events in Napoleon's life and military career.
- Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893.
[Letter] 1890 October 31, Jamaica Plain, Mass. / F. Parkman [Francis Parkman].
Parkman thanks the recipient for his letter and states that he would be most pleased to receive a copy of the Niagara Falls engraving "which I think I have never seen." Parkman published several volumes about French and English exploration of North America with attention to New York state and relations to Native American tribes, as well as the experiences of settlers on the Oregon Trail.
- Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893.
[Letter] 1890 November 5, Jamaica Plain, Mass. [to] Charles Brodhead / F. Parkman [Francis Parkman].
Parkman thanks Brodhead for sending the Niagara engraving and the "curious account" of the Old Sun Inn. Stating that his books are all in Boston, he cannot recollect the Hennepin engraving exaclty, but contends that the maker of the engraving "must have seen the Hennepin picture which was not published before 1683." The description accompanying Brodhead's engraving, however, is free from Hennepin's "gross exaggeration of measurement." Charles Brodhead was a student at Lehigh where he presented a thesis for graduation; he became instrumental in the development of south Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in the 1850s. Parkman published several volumes about French and English exploration of North America with attention to New York state and relations to Native American tribes, as well as the experiences of settlers on the Oregon Trail.
- Parry, William Edward, Sir, 1790-1855.
[Letter] 1828 April 21, Weymouth Street [to] Robert Balmanno /
Parry writes to say he feels very deeply the honor that the Artists' Benevolent Fund has bestowed on him by requesting his attendance at their upcoming festival. He declares himself "fully sensible of the excellence and benevolence of this Institution" and declines with regret. A Friend of the Royal Geographic Society and a member of the Royal Navy, Parry commanded two voyages to discover a north-west passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific 1819-20 1821-23 with the ships Hecla and Griper ; the journal of this voyage was published by the authority of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty.
- Pickford, Mary, 1893-1979.
[Letter] 1948 November 1 [to] Mr. Barrett Davis, Bethlehem, PA / Mary Pickford.
Pickford explains that she cannot furnish Davis (the Director of Speech, Radio, and Dramatics at Lehigh) with any copies of her old films, but tells him that they have been turned over to the Library of Congress; she also gives him an address for contacting Chaplin for old copies of his work, but cautions that this work preceded the formation of the United Artists studio. Asking after Elizabeth, Pickford explains that she has been in Europe for three months and "found a mountain of work awaiting me upon my return." Pickford, a major star of the silent film era, starred in 236 films and was one of the founders of the American Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She also established United Artists production company with Douglas Fairbanks (to whom she was married for a time) and Charlie Chaplin; Pickford received a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in 1976.
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