French Revolution Digital Archive

The French Revolution Digital Archive (FRDA) is a multi-year collaboration of the Stanford University Libraries and the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) to produce a digital version of key research sources of the French Revolution and make them available to the international scholarly community. The FRDA brings together two collections of sources:

  • Archives parlementaires / Parliamentary archives (AP). This is ‘a chronologically-ordered edited collection of sources on the French Revolution. It was conceived in the mid 19th century as a project to produce a definitive record of parliamentary deliberations and also includes letters, reports, speeches, and other first-hand accounts from a great variety of published and archival sources. Because of copyright limitations, FRDA contains the AP volumes covering the years 1787-1794. The text of these volumes has been marked up using TEI so that speakers, places, dates, and terms in the published index can be easily found. Users can see both scanned images of the AP pages or just the texts.’ The material can be downloaded.
  • Images de la Revolution française / Images of the French Revolution. ‘The Images are composed of high-resolution digital images of approximately 14.000 individual visual items, primarily prints, but also illustrations, medals, coins, and other objects, which display aspects of the Revolution. These materials were selected, mainly from the collections of the Département des Estampes et de la photographie, but also from other BnF departments, and include thousands of images for the important collections entitled Hennin and De Vinck. Detailed metadata exists for the images, so that researchers can search by artist, subject, genre, and place.’ In addition, the material can be browsed thematically.

Users can search in both collections simultaneously or one collection at the time. Different search options are available for each collection. In addition, the material can be browsed according to: political timeline, people, document type, medium, genre, artist, collector, or volume.

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Monday, 31 March 2014 - 5:53pm
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