Born in Rouen in 1899, Armand Salacrou and his family settled in Le Havre when he was three years old. He always remained very attached to the town and demonstrated this by donating to the town, before his death in 1989, all of his papers, manuscripts, memoirs, photographs and press articles. In homage to the playwright, the principal library of the municipal reading network was named after him in 1990.
The Salacrou collection comprises the manuscripts of his plays, including Fiancés du Havre and Boulevard Durand, his most famous play which was inspired by the trial of the Le Havre trade unionist Jules Durand and was staged in 1960 by the Centre dramatique du Nord.
This collection is very rich; it illuminates both Armand Salacrou's career, the history of theatre in France in the XX century and the history of the Académie Goncourt, which the writer was a member of from 1949 onwards.
A detailed inventory of this collection was published in 1999: Catalogue des manuscrits d'Armand Salacrou, Le Havre, Association des amis de la bibliothèque municipale du Havre, 1999. This work is available at the library and is priced at €15.
The abridged inventory of this collection is also accessible via the Catalogue collectif de France under the 'Manuscripts' section.