France in America
"Conceived in partnership with France’s national library, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, France in America /France en Amérique is a bilingual digital library made available by the Library of Congress. It explores the history of the French presence in North America from the first decades of the 16th century to the end of the 19th century. Through direct digital access to complete books, maps, prints, and other documents from the collections of the partner libraries, the project illuminates two major themes in the history of relations between France and the United States: the role played by France in the exploration and settlement of the continent and its participation in several events which indelibly marked the history of the United States: the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, and the Louisiana Purchase. The site will be completed in fall 2006 with a panorama of economic, scientific, literary and artistic exchanges between the two nations in the course of the 19th century. The missions of the Library of Congress and the Bibliothèque nationale de France are to make their resources available to ever growing numbers of people and to preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations. France in America is part of the Library of Congress’s Global Gateway project to establish cooperative digital libraries with national libraries from around the world. The goal of the Library's National Digital Library Program is to offer broad public access to a wide range of historical and cultural documents to contribute to education and lifelong learning. Digital collections from other institutions complement and enhance the Library's own resources. The companion site to France in America at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, La France en Amérique (accessible here) is the newest addition to Gallica, the library’s digital library. With some 76 thousand digitized texts and 80 thousand images to date, Gallica offers the online public an encyclopedic reference collection as well as sites dedicated to particular themes. The Library of Congress and the Bibliothèque nationale de France present these documents as part of the record of the past. These historical documents reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. The two libraries do not endorse the views expressed in these collections, which may contain materials offensive to some readers." The digital sources comprise books, manuscripts, maps, audio and video and can be browsed or searched by keyword. See for Gallica also this entry in the portal.

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