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French Language and Literature: Archives & Manuscripts

Library resources for information about French language and literature.

Archives & Manuscripts

National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections.
Print Catalog: Bobst REF1 Z6620.U5 N3 (1959/60-1991/93)
Online catalog contains close to 500,000 records available in the Research Libraries Information Network bibliographic database (see above), for archival and manuscript collections in research libraries, museums, state archives, and historical societies located throughout North America.

Archive Finder
A directory of over 5480 repositories and over 132,300 collections of primary source material across the United States.

ArchiveGrid
Index to archival finding aids derived from major archival libraries and sources in the United States and the United Kingdom. Contains over 500,000 records (largely summary descriptions) of archives, manuscripts, and special collections and more than 5,000 collection guides (detailed lists describing the content of collections, often referred to as finding aids or inventories). The records duplicate those for archives and manuscripts found in RLG's Union catalog.

Archives and Libraries in France. Welsch, Ervin. New York: Council for European Studies, 1991.
Bobst REF1 Z797.A1 W44 1991
Though somewhat out of date, still a useful source of information on French archives. Focus is mainly on Paris and environs. For each archive, provides address, hours, description of holdings, access procedures, etc. Entries also indicate whether or not the archive has a catalog.

Repositories of Primary Sources.
A listing of over 5000 web sites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar. Includes links for Europe, Africa, the Caribbean. Plus, a useful "Additional Links" page.