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The Marquis de Lafayette Collections at Lafayette College contain a wide range of materials pertaining to the life of Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834). Lafayette, a prominent participant in both the American and French Revolutions, was a symbol of liberty to many during and long after his lifetime. Consequently, these collections not only document the events in the life of a major historical figure; they also provide insight into the veneration both French and Americans have displayed for this champion of freedom in their democratic revolutions. Lafayette College houses one of the most distinguished collections relating to the Marquis de Lafayette in America. The materials are organized into three major categories: the manuscript, print, and memorabilia collections.