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Dorothea Lieven Letters to Klemens Metternich

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Lieven, Dorothea, Princess, 1785-1857

Dorothea von Lieven (1785-1857) was a Baltic German noblewoman and wife of Prince Christoph Heinrich von Lieven (1774-1839), the Russian ambassador to London from 1812 to 1834. Lieven was an influential political figure among many of the diplomatic, political, and social circles of 19th-century Europe, particularly in the diplomatic councils of Great Britain, France, and Russia, exercising an authority uncommon for women at that time. One of her many associates included Austrian Chancellor Prince Klemens von Metternich (1773-1859) with whom she had a close personal relationship.

This collection consists of annotated copies of Dorothea Lieven's (1785-1857) letters from London, dating from 1820 to 1826, to Klemens Metternich (1773-1859), which she documented in a series of 36 notebooks. Among other topics, Lieven's letters reflect her ambitions and political involvement; she freely expresses her opinions about various events and persons with whom she interacted during her time in London.

These letters were partially reproduced and translated into English by Peter Quennel, in The Private letters of Princess Lieven to Metternich, 1820-1826 (London, 1937).

These notebooks remained in the family and were kept a secret until the 1930s.

Purchased from Les Amazones Paris in 2019. AM 2019-79.

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This collection was processed by Faith Charlton in February 2019. Finding aid written by Faith Charlton in February 2019. Folder inventory added by Julia English '19.

No materials were removed from the collection during 2019 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

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Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
Faith Charlton
Finding Aid Date
2019
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Collection Inventory

Single Page Entitled, "Diaries of Princess Lieven, September 1822- December 1826", 1826. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notebook No. 1, 1820 January- March. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notebook No. 2, 1920 April- June. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notebook No. 3, 1920 June- July. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notebook No. 4, 1820 August- September. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notebook No. 5, 1820 September- October. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notebook No. 6, 1820 November- December. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notebook No. 7, 1820 December- 1821 January. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notebook No. 8, 1821 January- February. 1 folder.
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Notebook No. 9, 1821 February- March. 1 folder.
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Notebook No. 10, 1821 March- May. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notebook No. 11, 1821 May- October. 1 folder.
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Notebook No. 12, 1821 November- 1822 January. 1 folder.
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Notebook No. 13, 1822 February- March. 1 folder.
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Notebook No. 14, 1822 March- April. 1 folder.
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Notebook No. 15, 1822 April- May. 1 folder.
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Notebook No. 16, 1822 May- June. 1 folder.
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Notebook No. 17, 1822 June- July. 1 folder.
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Notebook No. 18, 1822 August- September. 1 folder.
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Notebook No. 19, 1822 September- 1823 January. 1 folder.
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Notebook No. 20, 1823 January. 1 folder.
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Notebook No. 21, 1823 January- February. 1 folder.
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Notebook No. 22, 1823 March. 1 folder.
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Notebook No. 23, 1823 March- May. 1 folder.
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Notebook No. 24, 1823 May- June. 1 folder.
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Notebook No. 25, 1823 June- August. 1 folder.
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Notebook No. 26, 1823 August- October. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notebook No. 27, 1823 October- December. 1 folder.
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Notebook No. 28, 1824 January- March. 1 folder.
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Notebook No. 29, 1824 March- July. 1 folder.
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Notebook No. 30, 1824 July- August. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notebook No. 31, 1824 September- November. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notebook No. 32, 1824 November- 1825 January. 1 folder.
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Notebook No. 33, 1825 January- March. 1 folder.
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Notebook No. 34, 1825 April-1826 January. 1 folder.
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Notebook No. 35, 1826 January-July. 1 folder.
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Notebook No. 36, 1826 August-December. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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