A unique collection, at the heart of which is the history of France.
History - Iconography
Femme du sans culotte. 1792
The Prints and Photographs Department, located at the Richelieu Library (Site Richelieu)
, offers essential resources for historical research, including the following:
- the French history collections, from the origins of France to the present day: drawings and prints from the general collection and the Hennin [from the origins of France to 1830], De Vinck [1780-1870], and Smith-Lesouëf collections; works by photographers and press photography collections (the Monde and Caméra agencies, the “L’Aurore” newspaper collection, the Atlantic Press agency, etc.)
- history collections mainly covering European countries, the United States of America, and the western world, but also countries around the world
- portraits: the general collection, the Clément, Lallemant de Betz, and Laruelle collections, etc., and the Documentation française collection on contemporary figures
- militaria: military uniforms, flags and banners, plans of fortresses, manuals for military manoeuvres, etc.
- topographical collections (the Gaignières, Lallement de Betz, and Destailleur collections); the Chauvet and Blondel collections focusing on the history of Paris, the Fleury collection dedicated to the Aisne département; and collections of postcards