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Philosophy, History and Humanities Department

The Philosophy, History and Humanities Department (département Philosophy, histoire, sciences de l'homme) maintains and adds to collections on the following topics:

To be noted

The department has a large number of Catholic parish bulletins. It also compiles compendia of short-lived publications: propaganda flyers, mail order catalogs, advertising materials, etc.

History of the department

The decision to create the Philosophy, History and Humanities Department was made when designing what was to become, in 1994, the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
This institution was formed by merging the former National Library with the Établissement public de la Bibliothèque de France.

The department’s collections include both:

  • Heritage documents arising from the topical division of collections belonging to the former Printed Materials Department of the National Library. These collections include extensive material obtained under the legal deposit scheme and revolutionary seizures, as well as acquisitions, donations, and bequests. They include the majority of documents printed in France since the 16th century.
  • Documents acquired from 1991 onwards for the open-access collections held at the François Mitterrand Library (Site François-Mitterrand).
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History of the BnF

Thursday, March 27, 2014


Claude Collard
To write to the department, use our « Ask a librarian service » (SINDBAD).
Phone : 01 53 79 50 53
Fax : 01 53 79 41 20