French Pamphlets, Education, Thermometers, and Goodbyes

Hey there again, welcome to another blog post from the UMD Pamphlet Project! With the semester coming to a close, we’d like to give a general update with the latest developments from the trenches, provide a couple images from the most recent string of pamphlets, and discuss the next steps for the project going into the summer.

Towards the end of April, we finished inputting the last of our pamphlets concerning the French colonies. Although we’re sad to see no longer have any more colonial pamphlets to work with, we’re equally as excited by the works we’ve found in the collections related to education. Within this collection we’ve found some of the works of D’Alembert, Robespierre, and Abbé Grégoire.

In addition to these crucial figures of French intellectualism, we’ve found some really interesting designs and diagrams in our pamphlets like these below (Figures 1 and 2).

frenchpamphlet_1 Figure 2
Figure 1 Figure 2
Figure 3

Figure 3

Both designs are from a pamphlet discussing experiments on latent heat using the thermometers shown in the two figures. These experiments were presented at the Académie de Sciences de Rouen in July 1787. In addition to the images from the experiments, we’ve also found a student schedule from l’École Royale Polytechnique for the 1826-1827 academic terms (see figure 3). If you thought you had routines, think again!

Figure 4

Figure 4

Lastly, I want to share another cool stamp, among a list of many others, from the Instruction Nationale de la République Française (See figure 4).

As the project moves forward we would like to wish a fond farewell to Annie Rehill, who will not be able to collaborate with us during the summer.

Please join us in wishing her well as she prepares for her PhD qualifying exams. As far as the pamphlets are concerned themselves, we are working with our collection of court cases for the time being. I was very excited to see that we are in possession of a number of documents concerning a case Beaumarchais filed to clear his name of slanderous accusations.

The pamphlets are no doubt rich, and we look forward to the next blog post to bring you another update from the UMD Pamphlet Project. Until next time, au revoir.

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