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Pierre Danchin Papers
Manuscript Collection

Biographical Notes: Pierre Danchin (19xx - ) lived in Lille, France, but attended Knox College and the Sorbonne, Paris. During World War II he joined the resistance group Defense de la France after the Nazi invasion of France and worked as a courier and interpreter. Later during the war he joined Temoinage Chretien in Besançon. After the war he was Professor of English at the University of Nancy II and served there as president as well. He is noted especially for his work 17th and 18th century English plays.

Scope Notes: Pierre Danchin received a scholarship to attend Knox College in 1937-1938 when he was nineteen. During the year at Knox, his letters home included observations on the United States and other topics. Mr. Danchin spoke at Knox in 1988 and in 1995. He donated photocopies of the letters and some resistance leaflets for this collection. The letters were translated by Knox students in 1990 and later were compiled in an honors project, Letters Home to France, by Juliet Youngren. Archives/Knox/LD/2816/.Y6/1991.

Collection range: 1937-1942, 1988
Collection size: 5 inches
Donor: Pierre Danchin