Célestin Port

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Célestin Port
Portrait of Célestin Port
Portrait of Célestin Port
Born (1828-05-23)May 23, 1828
Died March 4, 1901(1901-03-04) (aged 72)
Residence Angers
Nationality French
Fields History
Alma mater École Nationale des Chartes
Thesis Essai sur le commerce maritime de Narbonne (1852)
Academic advisors Jules Quicherat
Known for History of Anjou
Célestin Port handwriting and signature

Célestin Port (23 May 1828 – 4 March 1901) was a French archivist and historian.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Paris to a modest family (his father ran an umbrella shop), he studied at the École des chartes, composed a thesis entitled Essai sur le commerce maritime de Narbonne [Essay on the maritime commerce of Narbonne] (submitted in 1852) and, in 1854, became archivist of the Department of Maine-et-Loire.


Spurred on by his teacher Jules Quicherat, he dedicated forty-seven years of his life to the history of Anjou, on which he published several important works. His masterpiece — often plagiarised — is his "Dictionnaire historique, géographique et biographique de Maine-et-Loire" published in three volumes from 1874 to 1878. He also studied the War in the Vendée.[1]

He worked at the same time on the classification of the departmental archives and, in 1891, he donated his personal collection of archival material to the departmental archives.[1]

Other interests[edit]

Célestin Port made no mystery of his militant republican sympathies, but he kept his distance from party politics. His other interests included the theatre and Latin poetry. He also amassed a collection of engravings and photographs.



  • Verry, Élisabeth (1992). "Célestin Port, un homme de convictions (1828-1901)" [Célestin Port, a man of convictions (1828-1901)]. Annales de Bretagne et des Pays de l'Ouest. 4 (in French). 99. OCLC 491744355.  (Reprinted from journal edition originally themed: "Républiques & républicains d'Anjou")