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A unique collection, at the heart of which is the history of France.

History - Manuscripts

Chronicles of France, 15th century 

Chronicles of France, 15th century 

The Manuscripts Department, located at the Richelieu Library (Site Richelieu), holds the majority of sources predating the invention of the printing press, such as medieval charters and cartularies and collections of deeds. However, its collections cover all fields. More specifically, they include the following:
  • collections of historical pieces from the early modern period, grouped together under the names of their former owners (e.g. the Baluze, Clairambault, Colbert, Duchesne, Dupuy, and Joly de Fleury collections)
  • collections on the history of the French provinces: Burgundy, Champagne, Flanders, etc. 
  • diplomatic correspondence and politicians’ papers 
  • the archives of the Grand Orient de France 
  • archives of historians, such as Edgar Quinet, Fustel de Coulanges, Jacques Chastenet, René Rémond, Jacques Julliard, etc.



The Arsenal Library (Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal) also holds historical manuscripts and collections of archives such as Froissart’s Grandes Chroniques de France, diplomatic archives from the d’Argenson family, and the Archives de la Bastille.

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Ordre de suspendre la promenade du marquis de Sade à la Bastille. Bernard René Jourdan de Launay, 1788
Histoire : fonds spécifiques
Fonds spécifiques en histoire conservés à la Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal

Monday, March 7, 2016