Remi Valdemar Chardey (1813-1900) was a merchant, an art lover and above all a collector. During the second half of the XIXe he assembled a collection of books and documents relating to the history of Le Havre and revolutions in France.
After a number of downswings in his fortunes, Charley was obliged to sell his collections in order to come to the aid of his son Jules. In 1878, notably, he put part of his rich library up for auction, and several volumes thereby found their way into municipal collections. Each of these documents carries the lithographed ex-libris of R. Chardey.
Later on, he also sold a collection of 688 maps and plans which the town of Le Havre was able to acquire with the assistance of Victor-Félix Bayeux, a professor at the University of Caen.
The 7,000 works, pamphlets (nearly 750 of which cover the 1788-1795 period), plays, songs, newspapers, posters, almanacs and various documents about the revolutions in France were finally purchased by the town of Le Havre in 1898. Today, they have been fully inventoried in the library catalogue.