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Articles by Walter Littlefield relating to the Dreyfus Affair

 Collection — Box: 1 [31151034438071], Folder: 23
Identifier: MS-0821
This collection includes two disbound articles by Walter Littlefield regarding the Dreyfus Affair, published in Munsey's Magazine between 1898 and 1929. Walter Littefield, 1867-1948, was an American author and journalist.


  • approximately 1898-1929


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.167 Cubic Feet (1 legal sized folder)

Biographical / Historical

Alfred Dreyfus was a French army officer who was accused of selling military secrets to the Germans. He was arrested on October 15, 1894, convicted on December 15, and sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil's Island. The legal proceedings were based on insufficient evidence, but public opinion, and the French press, largely anti-Semitic at the time, regarded the verdict as an example of the supposed disloyalty of French Jews.

The Dreyfus affair split France in two between conservative and progressive forces. On January 13, 1898, the novelist Émile Zola wrote an open letter published on the front page of Aurore under the headline "J'Accuse," in which he accused the army of covering up its mistaken conviction of Dreyfus. Nationalists pressed to have Zola arrested; he was found guilty of libel and sentenced to a year's imprisonment and fined 3,000 francs. Zola fled to London and returned when Dreyfus's conviction was overturned.

More trials followed, but it was not until 1899--and the fall of the government--that Alfred Dreyfus was finally declared completely innocent of all charges. He rejoined the French Army in 1906, and was recalled to active service during World War I as a lieutenant colonel. He died on July 12, 1935, in Paris.

Source: "Dreyfus, Alfred" Encyclopædia Britannica from Encyclopædia Britannica Online. [Accessed May 13, 2003].

Biographical / Historical

Walter Littefield, 1867-1948, was an American author and journalist born in Boston. His father was a newspaper executive. Littlefield received his preparatory education in Boston public schools, and attended Harvard University from 1888-1893.

Historical information adapted from (accessed October 2018).

Content Description

This collection includes two disbound articles by Walter Littlefield regarding the Dreyfus Affair, published in Munsey's Magazine between 1898 and 1929. The articles are titled "The Truth About Dreyfus" and "Dreyfus--The Rehabilitation," respectively, and include critical anaylisis of the affair and its historical influence. The articles feature captioned drawings and portraits of relevant people and events.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Jay Snider in July 2018 with funds from the Felix Posen Library Acquisitions Fund for Modern European Jewish History.

Related Materials

Additional materials related to the Dreyfus Affair are available in the Dreyfus Affair Collection, MS.0422, Special Collections.

Processing Information

Processed by Kristen Diehl in October 2018.

Repository Details

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