Special Collections Spotlight: French Pamphlet collection

The French Pamphlet collection documents significant events and periods in French history throughout the 17th-20th centuries. It contains approximately 9,600 pamphlets pertaining to public figures, political events, foreign relations, religion, and conflict. The pamphlets are an invaluable resource for the insight they provide into their contemporary conversations, social climates, and ways of thought.

The largest part of the collection is made up of over 5,700 pamphlets and includes government publications from the first ten years of the French Revolution, over 1,700 decrees and laws published from 1789 to 1795, and documents France’s involvement with the Middle East, centering on the conflict with the Ottoman Empire, 1900-1924, among other topics of interest. Pamphlets and other printed ephemera also became more common on the eve of the Revolution when the old system of royal regulation of printing and bookselling collapsed. The pamphlets document these important periods of transition.

Explore the French Pamphlet collection finding aid.

We also have fully digitized items from the French pamphlet collection in the Internet Archive.

To view any French pamphlets in Special Collections visit the Maryland Room in Hornbake Library or if you have any questions, please contact us!


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