French Revolution Links


Looking for online materials related to the French Revolution? Check out posts related to the French Revolution on Age of Revolutions here. You can also see our French Revolution bibliography here. This page is a general overview of some of the more prominent resources available to researchers, students, and the public.

Primary sources:

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 the key research sources of the French Revolution and make them available to the international scholarly community. The archive is based around two main resources, the Archives parlementaires and a vast corpus of images first brought together in 1989 and known as the Images de la Revolution française.

French Revolutionary Decrees and Laws – This site is a collection of the laws promulgated during the French Revolution from 1789-1795. Visitors to the site can flip through the digitized Baudouin collection or search each decree by word.

Gallica (Bibliothèque nationale de France database) – Gallica is the digital library of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) and the catalog for collections held in French cultural heritage institutions. It holds digitized versions of printed materials (books, journals, newspapers, printed music, and other documents), graphic materials (engravings, maps, photographs, and others), and even sound recordings. Gallica makes it possible to find sources that are rare, unusual, out-of-print, or difficult, if not impossible, to access.

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution – One of the best teaching sources available in the Anglophone world, LEF has 12 topical essays on the French Revolution to help students make sense of their 250 images and 350 text documents. The site also has songs, maps, and a timeline of the French Revolution.

Newberry French Revolution Pamphlet Collection – “The Newberry Library’s French Pamphlet Collection primarily consists of material published between 1780 and 1810 from the French Revolution Collection (FRC), the Louis XVI Trial and Execution Collection, and several smaller collections of French Revolution era material. It charts the political, social, and religious history of the French Revolution. The material represents the opinions of all the factions that opposed and defended the monarchy during the turbulent period from 1789 to 1799 and chronicles the events—both dramatic and quotidian—of the First Republic.”


A Revolution in Fiction – A blog run by Julia Douthwaite Viglione featuring pedagogical and lit-crit posts on the French Revolution as well as a number of quizzes celebrating Bastille Day, designed for experts in the field.

Printed Revolutions – This blog explores the French revolutionary broadsides held in the John Rylands Library’s Special Collections, which span the French Revolutionary upheavals of 1789-99, 1830, 1848 and 1870-1.  Posts offer a comparative analysis  of the use of print during each revolution and the resulting contribution print made to revolutionary political culture in France.

Révolution française – A blog run by French scholars of the French Revolution. Articles all appear in French. Posts on the site question political categories by exploring them in the revolutionary era. The site encourages interdisciplinary exchanges as well and commentary on contemporary political issues.

Institute/Organization Sites:

Consortium on the Revolutionary Era – The Consortium on the Revolutionary Era is an annual conference held in the United States that welcomes papers on the revolutionary period (1750-1850).

H-France Resources – A network for and run by French historians, H-France hosts salons on prominent issues related to the French Revolution, publishes book reviews, and hosts a “Fiction in Film” series for those interested in visual/film representations of the French Revolution and French history more generally.

L’Institute d’histoire de la Révolution française – The homepage of the Sorbonne’s IHRF, featuring news on publications, seminars, and public lectures.

Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution – Florida State University is the home of a graduate program that trains scholars of the French Revolutionary era. Check out their site for programming news. – The website of the Foundation Napoleon. The site features news related to the history of Napoleon as well as access to “Napoleonica,” a database of primary source documents.

Title image: La Bastille (Paris) avant sa destruction. Reproduction d’une gravure du XVIIIe siècle exposée dans le musée de la tour Montparnasse, prise en photo par Jérôme BLUM le 6 août 2006.