Hugo in writing

Hugo...in writing

With a little more than 18,000 autograph letters, correspondence is a major feature of the museum’s manuscript collections.  The museum has therefore undertaken an ambitious digitization project to make this heritage, which takes us into the private world of the great man, more easily available to the public, with the letters from Juliette Drouet to Victor Hugo and letters from the poet to his family and outsiders.


The Manuscripts The manuscript collection is naturally focused on documents produced by the family, as Victor Hugo bequeathed his manuscripts to the National Library of France. It testifies to the writing bug which consumed all the members of the “goum” inner group of family members and close friends, making literature the family’s second home. The museum holds the writings of General Hugo (Victor Hugo’s father), Madame Hugo, a large part of Adèle’s exile diary (Hugo's second daughter) and her signed scores, the manuscripts of the novels by his son Charles, the translations of Shakespeare by François-Victor, and a sizeable collection devoted to Paul Meurice.


The archives. The museum also contains many archives and documents.  Leases, invoices, copyright statements, etc. immerse us in the everyday life of the writer. Tributes collected during birthdays of the poet and on the occasion of his funeral: verses, plays and musical scores which were dedicated and sent to him enable us to appreciate the extent of his fame and the popular affection which surrounded him.