France: 1872 - 1945

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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)

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.
(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Provincial historical documents regarding English and French interests.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 and 20th centuries; transcriptions).

Documenting events from before Sarajevo until after Versailles.
(pre-1914 - post-1918; translations and transcriptions)
Major Resource

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.
(September 4, 1914; French-language facsimile)

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)

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
(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)
(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.
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 & German-language transcriptions)

Complete and comprehensive searchable inventory of the photographs taken during the occupation, liberation and reconstruction of the Lower Normandy region in France. This is the first site in the world to offer free images of the Battle of Normandy in high definition.
(1939-1945; images and descriptions)
Encyclopaedia Britannica's guide to the Normandy invasion of 1944.
(1943-1944; transcriptions, audio, video, images, commentaries)
Documents of the Eisenhower Library (scroll down the page).
(1943-1944; facsimiles & 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 - 8 May 1945; text-searchable facsimiles)

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

100 historical maps of Paris.
(18th and 19th century; facsimiles -- GIF files)
A set of historical maps from Dr. Ronnie Ellenblum's Historic Cities

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 - 20th centuries; French transcriptions)

A collection of digitized French scientific books.
(Late 18th - early 20th century; book-length facsimiles)
Digital library on the history of science and technology.
(18th - 20th centuries; French-language facsimiles of old books and periodicals)
Electronic resources dealing with the history of medicine and dentistry.
Digitization project of the BIUM ("Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de médecine", Paris) Department for the History of Medicine.
(16th - 19th centuries; facsimiles)

Archives of the National Assembly:
Legislative dossiers, historical accounts, lists of deputies, and much more.
(1789 - 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 the region -- former duchy -- of Savoy.
(1100 - present; French & Latin transcriptions, facsimiles and commentaries)

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

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