The creation of Emile de Girardin’s La Presse
and Armand Dutacq’s Le Siècle
in 1836 opened the era of mass circulation daily press. Growing circulation figures attracted politicians, writers, scholars, and business leaders to publish essays, critical reviews, novels, and regular columns. This was known as the “golden age of the press”. Newspapers reported not only on political news, but also on economics, science, literature, and the arts. As such, they constitute a valuable, irreplaceable, and sometimes misunderstood source tracing the history of the period.
In 2005, BnF launched a plan to digitize French daily press titles from the 19th and 20th centuries. Through the Gallica digital library and the BnF master catalog, this program is intended to enable remote access free of charge to around 30 titles totaling more than 3.5 million pages. The entire corpus is gradually being made accessible in text format, making it possible to search the full text of articles.
Press titles within the scope of the digitization program
Except where there is a specific agreement between BnF and the rights-holding press companies, digitization does not cover periods after 1944. All issues of titles marked with an asterisk in the following list can be consulted in text format.