This collection currently brings together nearly 70 signed manuscripts, including many major works like Les Ziaux, L'Instant fatal, Le Dimanche de la vie, Exercices de style, Loin de Rueil, Le Vol d'Icare and Pierrot mon ami, acquired for the most part with the support of the FRRAB of Haute-Normandie. The manuscript of Pierrot mon ami, recognised as an acquisition of national importance, was acquired with the support of the Ministry of Culture in 2009.
Three of these manuscripts have been given particular prominence through the recreation of the original bindings. In 1997, the collection of poems Les Ziaux was rebound by Véronique Sala-Vidal with the assistance of Cécile Huguet. The work won an award at 'Métiers d'art en bibliothèques' competition. Following the same template, a similar binding was created for the manuscript of Bucoliques. In 2001, Patrick Loutrel was charged with creating the binding for L'Instant fatal.
The town of Le Havre has paid homage to Raymond Queneau on several occasions: in 1973, Queneau was present in the town of his birth for the first exhibition devoted to him at the municipal library. The centenary of his birth prompted the colloquium 'Raymond Queneau, le mystère des origines', organised by the University of Le Havre, and a new exhibition at the library, where the rich Queneau collection was presented to the public. Finally, the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Zazie dans le métro in 2009 inspired a number of events and exhibitions in partnership with Gallimard, France Culture and the Bibliothèque publique d'information at the Centre Pompidou.
The manuscripts in this collection are described in the library's catalogue (which you can find via the useful link at the bottom of this page).
A part of the digitalised manuscripts of Raymond Queneau is accessible on the website of University Library of Dijon.