Fonds William Beaufils
In 1983, William Beaufils, known as Will (1899-1996), donated 327 photographs and 150 drawings. Will was a reporter and caricaturist who, between 1925 and 1965, sketched the personalities who left their mark on local history, from politicians to football players and actors.
This pillar of the Salon des humoristes in Paris was a reporter for the Petit Havre and after the war was involved in creating Havre Libre. A resident of Le Havre prior to the war, he moved to Rouen after being asked to create the sporting weekly Paris-Normandie sprint in 1947.
A photographer as well as a caricaturist, Will took striking photos of the parts of Le Havre which were destroyed in 1944.
Fonds Daniel Heudier
The illustrator Daniel Heudier (1899-1953) was an exact contemporary of Will and is present at the library in the form of his drawings.
Originally a taxi driver, Daniel Heudier became an illustrator, humourist and member of the Salon de l’imagerie française. Directly after the second world war, he settled at 7 rue de Phalsbourg in Le Havre and opened his illustrator-humourist offices.
Daniel Heudier created advertisements and collections of drawings for colouring in which were given away for free by local advertisers. He illustrated the programmes of the Havre-Athletic-Club and published illustrated programmes for the Tour de France in 1949, 1952 and 1953. He was the author of l’Humoriste, which was a satirical review distributed to the passengers of ocean liners which were stopping over in Le Havre.