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The Lorraine Beitler Collection of the Dreyfus Affair provides a context for international learning and debate through a program of touring exhibitions, publications, and conferences. Such outreach activities offer access for scholars and the wider public to documentary materials concerning the story of Alfred Dreyfus (1859-1935)—a young captain in the French Army who was falsely accused and ultimately exonerated after a long process and worldwide action.


The Dreyfus Affair (1894-1906) raises profound issues for modern society about institutional loyalty, concepts of "race," governmental oversight of the military, the rights of citizens, the power of state religions, and national identity. In an exhibition of some two hundred documents, the collection relates the story of the Dreyfus Affair and its enduring lessons. To date, exhibitions from the Collection have been seen across six continents and translated into five languages.


Materials from the Collection are both historically rich and visually striking, providing graphic witness to a formative period in modern culture and society. Exhibitions from the collection adopt a varied focus—in turn treating the significance of individuals as defenders of human rights, the impact of international mobilization and engagement, and the power of the media in modern society. While presenting the multifaceted issues of the Dreyfus Affair as they were recorded and expressed historically, the exhibits and programs from the Lorraine Beitler Collection of the Dreyfus Affair demonstrate compelling parallels with our own time.