University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Louis Pasteur:

An Inventory of His Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Pasteur, Louis, 1822-1895
Title: Louis Pasteur Collection
Dates: 1883-1889, undated
Abstract: Includes manuscripts by and a letter to the French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur, as well as manuscripts for the first published work on Pasteur’s life and work by his son-in-law René Vallery-Radot.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-3183
Extent: 1 box (.42 linear feet)
Language: All items written in French.
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center



Open for research

Administrative Information

Processed by:

Joan Sibley and Jamie Hawkins-Kirkham, 2011


This finding aid replicates and replaces information previously available only in a card catalog. Please see the explanatory note at the end of this finding aid for information regarding the arrangement of the manuscripts as well as the abbreviations commonly used in descriptions.

Container List


1.1 Idées philosophique, handwritten manuscript, 1 leaf, undated.
Response de M. Pasteur... au discours de M. J. Bertrand prononcé dans la séance du 10 décembre 1895, handwritten manuscript 23 pages, 1895. In the hand of René Vallery-Radot.


1.2 Girard, P. J. ALS to Pasteur, 18 March 1889.


1.3 Vallery-Radot, René. L'Institute Pasteur, handwritten manuscript in unknown hand, 42 pages, including 4 proof pages all with corrections by Vallery-Radot, undated. For the 11th edition of M. Pasteur Histoire d'un savant.
1.4 Vallery-Radot, René. L'Institute Pasteur, page and galley proofs, 14 pages, published in Le magazine d'education et de récréation; text later added to M. Pasteur, Histoire d'un savant par un ignorant, plus 2 pages of manuscript in an unknown hand with corrections by Vallery-Radot; for the 11th edition of M. Pasteur Histoire d'un savant.
1.5-7 Vallery-Radot, René. M. Pasteur, Histoire d'un savant par un ignorant, handwritten manuscript, v, 333, 14 pages, with some corrections and deletions by Louis Pasteur, 29 October 1883. Several pages in an unknown hand, possibly Pasteur's daughter, Madame Vallery-Radot.
1.8 Vallery-Radot, René. Une visite à l'Institut Pasteur, signed handwritten manuscript, 18 leaves, undated. Signed Paul Dejean, pseudonym of Vallery-Radot.

Explanatory Note Concerning Manuscript Collections Cataloged in the Card Catalog

Prior to 1990 when archival cataloging procedures were adopted at the Ransom Center, all manuscript collections were described in a card catalog.

Organization of Collections:

Manuscripts for each author collection were organized into four categories:

  • Works: manuscripts by the author, arranged alphabetically by title;
  • Letters: the author’s outgoing correspondence, arranged alphabetically by recipient name;
  • Recipient: the author’s incoming correspondence, arranged alphabetically by the author of the letter; and
  • Miscellaneous: all other manuscripts and correspondence, arranged alphabetically by creator.

Materials that did not fit into these categories, such as art, photographs, books, and near-print materials such as newspaper clippings, were dispersed to other Ransom Center collections for cataloging and storage.

Abbreviations Used in Descriptions:

The symbols below were used in combinations. For example ALS means autograph letter signed; Tccms means typed carbon copy manuscript, etc.

  • A = autograph (i.e., handwritten)
  • T = typed
  • S = signed
  • I = initialed
  • Ms = manuscript
  • Mss = manuscripts
  • L = letter
  • FL = form letter
  • N = note
  • D = document
  • C = card
  • PC = post card
  • cc = carbon copy
  • p = page
  • pp = pages
  • l = leaf
  • ll = leaves
  • nd = no date
  • inc d = incomplete date