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EuroDocs > History of France: Primary Documents > 1872 - 1945


A Brown University Library Digital Collection.
Online access to pictorial works and texts that provide a window into the cultural, political and social context of 19th century Parisian culture.
(19th century; images and French language textual facsimiles)

Official journal of the French Republic. Laws and Decrees.
In cooperation with Gallica, the digital library of the French National Library.
(1871-1939; facsimile images)
Official journal of the French Republic. Parliamentary debates, Chamber of Deputies.
In cooperation with Gallica, the digital library of the French National Library.
(1881-1940 + 1981; facsimile images)
Official journal of the French Republic. Parliamentary debates, Senate.
In cooperation with Gallica, the digital library of the French National Library.
(1881-1940; facsimile images)

Documentary excerpts on Franco-Russian relations at the end of the 19th century.
(1892-1896; French transcriptions)

(13 January 1898; French language transcription of L'Aurore article)
Documentary excerpts on the the Dreyfus Affair and the counterrepublican movement, Action française.
(1894-1908; French transcriptions)

Full text of the Franco-British agreement and declaration, with a link to the Secret Articles signed at the same time.
Part of the Avalon Project.
(8 April 1904; English version taken from the 1911 Parliamentary Papers)

Provincial historical documents regarding English and French interests.
Digitised by the National Library of Canada.
(19th to 20th centuries; transcriptions)

Documenting events from before Sarajevo until after Versailles.
(pre-1914 to post-1918; translations and transcriptions)
Diplomatic documents related to the outbreak of World War I.
(1913-1914; English translations)
Diplomatic documents concerning the negotiations preceeding the outbreak of the First World War.
(4 September 1914; French-language facsimile)
Agreement between Great Britain and France with Russian consent planning the partition of Ottoman territories upon the conclusion of WWI.
(May 16, 1916; English)

A collection of primary documents from the Internet Modern History Sourcebook.
(1914-1918; transcriptions and translations)
Digital primary documents assembled at Mount Holyoke College.
(1914-1919; translations)
(1914-1918; images, French facsimiles)

Digital primary documents assembled at Mount Holyoke College.
(1918-1941; translations)

Documentary excerpt on French colonization in the 1930s.
(1931; French transcription)
Database of prisoners in French colonial penal colonies.
Provided by Archives nationales d'outre-mer (ANOM).
(1852-1953; searchable database)

Documentary excerpt on the political crisis of 1932.
(17 April 1932; French transcription)

Agreement concluded at Munich between Germany, Great Britain, France, and Italy.
Part of the Avalon Project.
(29 September 1938; English translation)

"Papers relative to the events and negotiations which preceded the opening of hostilities between Germany on the one hand, and Poland, Great Britain and France on the other hand."
Electronic version by permission of the French Government.
(1938-1939; English translations)

Radio address a few months before the German attack on France.
(29 January 1940; English translation)
Part of the Avalon Project.
(25 June 1940; English translation)
Prison letters of a trade unionist prior to his execution.
An example of French resistance during the early Vichy regime.
(1940-1941; French transcriptions)

A collection of primary documents from the Internet Modern History Sourcebook.
(1939-1945; transcriptions and translations)
A collection of documents related to WWII.
From the Avalon Project.
(1938-1947; transcriptions and translations)
Official (mainly U.S.) government histories, source documents, and other primary references.
(1939-1945; English transcriptions and translations)
Digital primary documents assembled at Mount Holyoke College.
(1939-1945; facsimiles)

Photos of internment camps in France during World War II.
A part of the Archim national cultural and historical database.
(1939-1944; translations)

Documentary excerpts on French collaboration, resistance, and daily life during the German occupation.
(1940-1944; French transcriptions)

Online access to the reports of the prefects of the Vichy government, one of the main sources for the history of Occupied France.
(1940-1944; French and German-language transcriptions)

Encyclopaedia Britannica's guide to the Normandy invasion of 1944.
(1943-1944; transcriptions, audio, video, images, commentaries)
Documents of the Eisenhower Library.
(1943-1944; facsimiles and photos)
Photographic collection of documents relating to D-Day.
(1944; images and French-language descriptions)
Daily battle communiques from Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force Europe (SHAEF).
Searchable database with full-text facsimiles.
(6 June 1944 to 8 May 1945; text-searchable facsimiles)

Speech by Charles de Gaulle in celebration of the allied seizure of Paris. Also in original French
(August 25, 1944; English translation)

The liberation of France.
(25 August 1945; French transcriptions)

A set of historical maps from Dr. Ronnie Ellenblum's Historic Cities.
(Facsimiles)

Digitized map of the population distribution in France in the late 18th century.
(18th century; map)

A growing collection of documented texts.
(From ancient times through 1914; Latin, Langue d'Oc, Langue d'Oil transcriptions and translations)

The Electronic Library of Lisieux.
With source texts; some archived in zip-format.
(17th to 20th centuries; French transcriptions)

Digital library on the history of science and technology.
(18th to 20th centuries; French-language facsimiles of old books and periodicals)
Electronic resources dealing with the history of medicine and dentistry.
Digitization project of the "Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de médecine" Department for the History of Medicine.
(16th to 19th centuries; facsimiles)

Archives of the National Assembly.
Contains legislative dossiers, historical accounts, lists of deputies, and much more.
(1789 to present; transcriptions, commentaries and facsimiles)

Online access to around 5 million images, genealogical and iconographic documents, mostly from the 19th century.
Browse through two types of sources in the digital archives:
    Public records of the État civil de Paris.
    Plans parcellaires (cadastral maps) of Paris.
(19th century; images & documents)

Photographic reproductions of constitutions, edicts, treaties, letters, photos, atlases and official seals of relevance to French national and regional history.
Available either by search engine or by thematic "dossiers".
History presented through photographic and artistic images.
Database with thematic and chronological searches possible.
(1789-1939; facsimile images)

Includes primary and secondary documents, provided by Don Mabry.
(Transcriptions, facsimiles, and commentaries, mostly in English)

Historical documents and commentary on former duchy of Savoy.
(1100 to present; French and Latin transcriptions, facsimiles, and commentaries)

EuroDocs > History of France: Primary Documents > 1872 - 1945



EuroDocs Creator: Richard Hacken, European Studies Bibliographer,
Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA.
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