Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Vidocq mss., 1833-1847, consist of the correspondence and documents of French police officer Eugene-Francois Vidocq, 1775-1857, who founded the first private detective agency in 1832 in Paris. The collection concerns the business of this agency, including bills for services rendered and reports by Vidocq to his clients. Most of the correspondence pertains to cases involving finding debtors and persuading them to settle their obligations.

Collection size: 62 items

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