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Primary Source Collections and Guides: France

The standard primary source collections of French medieval documents are Collection de documents inedits sur l'histoire de France (supplemented by the Seriee in 8o) and the two Recueil des historiens... series. These collections should be supplemented by other general and topical series, such as the publications of the Societe de l'Histoire de France and Chartes et diplomes relatifs a l'histoire de France, respectively. The Typologie des sources du Moyen Age occidental guide series provides genre-specific information on primary resource materials for areas such as epigraphy, numismatics, prosopography, etc.

Guides
Paris: Picard et fils, 1901-1906.
An extensive work containing a list of French medieval sources to the end of the 15th century as well as an introduction to their historical development.  It is outdated but no work of similar coverage and depth has become available.
Van Pelt Library: Z2176 .S75
Bossuat, Robert, 1888-1968. Manuel bibliographique de la litterature francaise du moyen age.
Melun: d'Argences, 1951.
This volume together with its three supplements provides a repertory of the history of literature in medieval France along with a substantial bibliography of modern scholarly criticism.
Van Pelt Library: Z2172 .B7
Van Pelt Library: PQ151 .B74 1951
Van Pelt Library Reference Stacks : REF Z2172 .B7
Van Pelt Library Reference Stacks: REF PQ151 .B74 1951

Collections
Paris : Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques, 1835-2001.
State sponsored. 70 volumes.
Do a title search for 'Collection de documents inedits sur l'histoire de France' in Franklin to get a list of available titles.
Paris : Bibliotheque nationale, 1965-.
Supplement to the 1835 series.
Van Pelt Library: DC3 .C64
Paris : Aux dépens des librairies, 1738-1904.
Commonly referred to as Bouquet. Covers the period to the death of Louis IX. There is an index (personal name and geographical) in Vol. 23. A microfilm version is available in Van Pelt microtext and another print version in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Storage: Folio DC3 .B76 1869. To request from storage use the place request tab from the RECORD page.
Paris : Imprimerie nationale, 1899-1984.
This series serves in part as a continuation of Recueil des historiens des Gaules et de la France. It consists of 3 parts: Documents financiers, obituaires, and Pouilles.
Do a title search in Franklin for 'Recueil des historiens de la France' to get a complete list of volumes in this series.
The ARTFL Project (American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language) consists of nearly 2000 texts, ranging from classic works of French literature to various kinds of non-fiction prose and technical writing. Genres include novels, verse, theater, journalism, essays, correspondence, and treatises. Primarily medieval period to 18th century.
The Corpus de la littirature narrative is the first volume of B.A.S.I.L.E. (Base internationale de Littirature Ilectronique). It was co-produced by the Iditions Honori Champion and the CNED - Ministhre de l'Iducation Nationale. This database offers to academic institutions (libraries, schools, universities, research centers, etc.) a digital library of about 1000 narrative works (novels, tales, short stories). The database is a virtual library that covers all the French programs from grammar school to university level. The specialist and the researcher will also find texts that were indexed and referenced according to the rules of scholarly editing.
Paris : Imprimerie nationale, 1908-1992.
Critical editions of royal charters, 9th-13th centuries. Incomplete set.
Do a title search for 'Chartes et diplomes relatifs a l'histoire de France' in Franklin to get a list of available titles.
Paris : Picard, 1886-1925.
51 volume collection of critical texts.
Van Pelt Library: 940D C685
Paris : Jules Renouard, 1834-71.
Series of publications from the medieval and modern period by a French learned society, with no apparent chronological or subject order. Incomplete collection.
Van Pelt Library: 944D P214. Do a title search for 'societe de l'histoire de France' to get a complete list of results available in the Penn Libraries. (The above link does not function properly).

This set of 27 microfilm reels reproduces the collection in the Newberry Library and is available through interlibrary loan from the Center for Research Libraries. The set includes ephemeral materials that reflect the politics of a period of religious wars and the establishment of the absolute monarchy. The set is arranged chronologically by pamphlet publication date. An Index to the reels is also available from CRL through interlibrary loan.
Microfilm set and guide available from CRL through ILL. Also see French political pamphlets, 1547-1648; a catalog of major collections in American libraries at Van Pelt Library Stacks: Z2177.5 .L54

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