Collaboration Produces French Revolution Digital Archive


On January 28, Stanford University and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF) released a vast database of documents and images called the French Revolution Digital Archive (FRDA). The FRDA is the result of a multi-year collaboration between the Stanford University Libraries and the BNF to produce a digital version of the key sources on the French Revolution and make them available to the global scholarly community.

The database is one of the most complete searchable digital files of the Revolution. It includes various types of resources, from prints depicting the events of 1789 to records of parliamentary deliberations and private letters. The archive is organized into two sections: the Archives Parlementaires and the Images de la Révolution Française.

The Archives Parlementaires is a chronologically-ordered, edited collection of sources on the French Revolution. The Archives was conceived in order to create a definitive record of parliamentary deliberations. It is also comprised of letters, reports, speeches, and other first-hand accounts from an extensive variety of published and archival materials.

The Images de la Révolution Française include high-resolution digital photographs of approximately 14,000 individual items, with prints, illustrations, and pamphlets. The materials were selected from the collections of the Département des Estampes et de la Photographie (Department of Prints and Photography), as well as from other BNF departments.

This online database was created to enhance user accessibility to a wealth of resources pertaining to the French Revolution. Now users can easily search for documents in the Archives Parlementaires by dates, speakers, places and terms, and can search for images in the Images de la Révolution Française by artist, subject, genre, and place.

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Last modified on 11/03/2014

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