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Title: Élie Bouhéreau (1643-1719)
Subtitle: A Scholar at Work in his Libraries
Author(s): HUMBLE, Noreen
Volume: 44 Issue: 2 Date: 2017
Élie Bouhéreau (1643-1719), exiled from France when the Edict of Nantes was revoked, was the first librarian of Archbishop Marsh’s Library, the first public library in Dublin, Ireland. His own personal library became part of the collection of the new public library and remains almost completely intact. Bouhéreau was also a notable classical scholar, educated at Saumur under Tanneguy Lefèvre, and among his letters and other manuscripts held at Marsh’s library is a notebook which contains a Latin chronology, scholarly notes, diary entries from 1689 until the year of his death, and an account book. The focus of this paper is twofold. It looks at Bouhéreau’s own particular note-taking technique, which included elaborate cross-references to and in his own books, in order to examine what it reveals about his own reading and about his approach to information management, and, at the same time, it contextualises Bouhéreau’s method more broadly, comparing it with contemporary notions about the best way to manage and organise notes and evaluating it against the different ways his peers accomplished this.