The Napoleon Foundation was set up to preserve and enhance France’s Napoleonic heritage. It fosters knowledge of the Napoleonic period and the Second Empire (1852-1870) through the development and support of relevant activities. The Foundation holds large collections of paintings, sculptures, artefacts, engravings and lithographs in Paris. Its building and library is open to researchers. Among its collections, The Fondation owns the photographic Album of the Imperial family : some 600 vintage prints by Maurice Levert (1856-1944), as well as an important collection of photographs of important people of the time.