Selected French History and Culture Resources
- La Gazette de France, 1649–1660; 1774–1834. One of the oldest newspapers in France.
- Collection on the Revolution of 1848 in France. Newspapers Collection on the Revolution of 1848 in France. Newspapers. Filmed from holdings of the British Library and others. Some are available online through a partnership with ARTFL.
- Le Parisien Libéré , 1944–1986. Originally an organ of the French underground, now one of the largest papers in France.
- Force ouvrière (Paris)1945–1966. Official weekly of the General Confederation of Labour-Workers' Force.
- Le Courrier d’Afrique (Kinshasa, Congo) 1943–1970. A significant independent newspaper from the Belgian Congo, important for the study of colonial affairs, nationalism, independence, and rebellion.
- France. Ministère des affaires étrangères. Archives diplomatiques. Political correspondence on foreign relations with Great Britain.
- ______. Archives diplomatiques: série B, relations commerciales, 1920–1939.
- ______. Correspondance consulaire, Saint Jean d'Acre, 1787–1789. Correspondence on affairs with Turkey; 4 volumes.
- ______. Correspondance commerciale, Bangkok, Bangkok, v. 1–9 (1857–1925).
- Li romanz de la Poire. Bibliothèque Nationale MSS, Français 7995
- Roman de Tristan en prose. From the original in the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
- Riccoboni, M. (François), 1707–1772. Les indes chantantes. From the series: French play manuscripts from the Bibliothèque nationale.
In 2007, CIFNAL initiated a project to identify and publicize microform collections pertaining to the history, culture, language, and literature of France and francophone countries. Members of the project have collaborated to bring together a list of important resources, which is maintained on the CIFNAL site as a wiki. Resources are grouped in categories, for example:
- Philosophy and psychology: Le Rousseauisme (Paris: Microéditions Hachette, 1976).
- General resources: Archives biographiques françaises (London: Bowker-Saur, 1988–1990).
- Religion: The Catholic Reformation, including French diocesan catechisms, 1615–1900 (Leiden, The Netherlands: Inter Documentation, 1987– ).
- Social sciences: French Exploration of Africa (Paris: Microéditions Hachette, 1972).
- Fine arts: Index photographique de l'art en France (München; New York: K.G. Saur, 1979–).
- Literature: Nicolas de Bonneville et le Cercle social, 1787–1800 (Paris: Microéditions Hachette, 1976).
- History: Les Enquêtes des préfets de l'empire (Montrouge, France: Micróeditions Hachette, 1975).
The list includes sets but not journals; each title has links to OCLC records to identify holding libraries.Another CIFNAL project aims to assess North American library coverage of regional and local French research resources, including publications of learned societies, archival inventories, and periodicals. Still developing a methodology, the effort has surveyed learned societies publications for Languedoc and Brittany. Using the OCLC database, one can identify North American holdings for major serial publications of the principal societies of these regions. For example, both the Fédération des sociétés académiques et savantes Languedoc-Pyrénées-Gascogne and the Fédération historique du Languedoc méditerranéen et du Roussillon publish the proceedings of their Congrès d'études; both series are held by 13 North American libraries. For Brittany, the Société d'histoire et d'archéologie de Bretagne's Archives historiques de Bretagne are held by 21 libraries while its Bulletin, subsequently Mémoires, is held by only 12. Predictably the society publications for smaller regions (e.g., Finistère, Ille-et-Vilaine) are held by fewer libraries. Among the difficulties in using WorldCat for this research is the inability to get an accurate picture of whether North American libraries have full coverage of these serial publications because detailed holdings records are often unavailable. French regional and local learned societies and their publications are easily identified via the Web site of the Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques. Some digitization projects are underway; notably, the French national library has digitized 36 periodicals published between 1750 and 1914 by 29 learned societies of the Aquitaine and Lorraine regions.