SÉE , family originally from Lorraine; the name is said to derive from the Seille River. Toward the end of the 16th century, most of the members of the family had settled in *Alsace and Lorraine (in Metz, Bergheim, Rappoltsweiler (Ribeauvillé), and Colmar), but later most of them lived in Paris. During the 19th and 20th centuries, its members included the politician camille sÉe (1847–1920), the playwright edmond *sÉe (1875–1959), the physician germain sÉe (1818–1896), the soldier Léopold *Sée (1822–1904), and the historian henri sÉe (1864–1936), whose works on economic history, La vie économique et les classes sociales en France au xviiie siècle (1924) and Histoire économique de la France (2 vols., 1939–42), are of lasting importance. He also contributed articles on French Jewish history to the Revue d'études juives.
Kaufmann, in: rej, 20 (1890), 309–11; Ginsburger, in: rej, 50 (1905), 113; idem, in: Souvenir et Science, 2 (1931), nos. 2, 3; 3 (1932), no. 2; E. Sitzmann, Dictionnaire de biographie des hommes célèbres de l' Alsace, 2 (1910), 766.