Informations : the Fondation Napoléon
The Fondation Napoléon

The Fondation Napoléon is dedicated to the history of the First and Second Empires and its mission is to provide information, to facilitate access to documentation and to encourage research. It supports initiatives which promote a better understanding of these periods and works to highlight the importance of the Napoleonic heritage.

The Fondation addresses all publics, from those with a general interest, through collectors, enthusiasts, scholars, academics, journalists right down to the simply curious.

In its support for the work of historians, the Fondation Napoléon has a broad range of activities, notably:

A bi-lingual (French/English) general interest internet site, of over 20,000 pages. This site had 3,3 millions visitors in 2010.

The present internet site,
which specialises in the publication of rare or unpublished sources on the history of the two empires.

The "Bibiothèque Martial Lapeyre" ,
open to the general public, specialising in the history of the two empires. This library offers free access to over 11,000 volumes and 120 history periodicals.

Financial support for the Association du Souvenir Napoléonien,
notable the full funding of the Revue du Souvenir Napoléonien (bimonthly, circulation approximately 4,000).

Publication, and assistance with publication
, of books on the two empires.

Cultural patronage
of prestige Napoleonic events in France and abroad.

Annual Prizes
awarded to books published on the two empires. Two prizes of 5,000 euros are awarded, one for the First Empire, the other for the Second Empire.

·Study Grants for French and foreign students
whose work is related to the First or Second Empire. Seven grants of 7,500 euros are awarded.

The Fondation Napoléon also has a collection of objects, works of art, photographs, etc., to which it is constantly adding. The aim is to put these on show to the public in future years.

The Fondation Napoléon draws its resources for these projects from gifts and bequests, in the forefront of which is the legacy left by Martial Lapeyre. Keen to promote studies on the subjects that most interested him, this industrialist (a door and window fittings manufacturer from the Auvergne, member of the Association du Souvenir Napoléonien, and a great collector with a passion for history) arranged his estate on behalf of the Napoleonic world. The Souvenir Napoléonien and the Fondation de France, in agreement with the tutelary ministries, created the Fondation Napoléon, and this was given the status of 'reconnue d'utilité publique' (= registered charity) by a decree of 12 November 1987.

Fondation Napoléon
7 rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire
75005 Paris - France
Ph.: +33 0(1)56 43 46 00
Mail :


Board of Governors (2013/03/06)

Honorary President
Baron Gourgaud (former president, 1987-2005) †

Victor-André Masséna, Prince d’Essling

Olivier Fouquet,
Section President at the Conseil d'Etat

Alain Pigeard
President of the Souvenir Napoléonien

Comte Nicolas Walewski

Deputy treasurer
Jacques Macé,
Representative of the Souvenir Napoléonien

Philippe Bélaval,
Conseiller d'Etat, Directeur des Patrimoines,
Representative of the ministère de la Culture

Guy Carrieu,
Representative of the Souvenir Napoléonien

Bernard Chevallier,
National Museum Curator,
Former director of the Musée national des châteaux de Malmaison et Bois-Préau

Nicolas Georges,
Directeur du Livre,
Representative of the ministère de la Culture

Préfet Jean-Michel Mehnert,
Representative of the ministère de l'Intérieur

Gérard Moyaux,
Representative of the Souvenir Napoléonien

Doctor Jacques Palombo,
Representative of the Souvenir Napoléonien


Thierry Lentz,

Alexandra Mongin
Secretary to the Director

Muguette Jumeau,
External relations

Capital, Collection and Real Estate
Pierre Branda,
Section head,
Chargé de mission for the Director

Pauline Bulot
In charge of the collection

< Documentation Service, Public Relations and IT
Irène Delage,
Section head

Peter Hicks,
Historian and International Relations Manager

Chantal Prévot,
In charge of the library, the Bibliothèque M. Lapeyre-Fondation Napoléon

Marie de Bruchard,
Web editor

Andrew Miles,
Web editor

Project for the Publication of the Correspondence of Napoleon Bonaparte
François Houdecek,
Project manager

Soléna Chény