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“Madame Anastasie” (censorship: allegory), André Gill, L’Eclipse, no. 299, 19 July 1874
The French press collection includes all national daily newspapers, the majority of regional daily newspapers and a selection of weekly and monthly magazines. A few professional press titles (La Correspondance de la Presse, Le Bulletin Quotidien, Medias, etc.) and materials on the press and journalism round out the offering.
Only the most recent three months’ issues are available for consultation in the press room.
Readers also have access to around a thousand works intended to supplement their reading of the press:
Sur le site François-Mitterrand, le département Droit, économie, politique offre un panorama de la presse française et étrangère.
La liste des périodiques accessibles en salle de la presse et des médias [fichier .pdf – 85 Ko – 20/11/13 – 12 p.]
To be notedSince some national and regional press titles held by the Research Library have been reproduced on microfilm, old and recent issues of around sixty titles are available for consultation by users of the Study Library in rooms D and J, subject to a maximum of ten rolls of microfilm per day. Available titles include, for example, all issues of L’Équipe since 1946, L’Humanité since 1904, Ouest-France since 1984, etc.
Microfilms belonging to the Research Library’s collections in storage must be requested in advance.
La liste des microfilms de presse consultables en Bibliothèque d’étude [fichier .rtf – 77 Ko – 20/07/09]
Leading foreign daily newspapers are available on microfilm from 1990 onwards: The New York Times, The Times, El País, The Washington Post, Pravda, Le Soir, Die Frankfürter Allgemeine Zeitung, etc. This collection covers almost 88 countries.
The Library also holds a large number of foreign press titles in paper form covering periods prior to 1990.
Material covering the history of the press up to the 20th century may also be consulted in the Arsenal Library (Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal). The founder of the Arsenal Library, the Marquis of Paulmy, whose aim was to create an encyclopedic collection, naturally sought to collect newspapers. The Arsenal Library’s old collection thus includes more than 200 mainly French gazettes and newspapers from the early modern period (“official” newspapers of the Ancien Régime, specialist periodicals, gazettes from Holland, etc.), as well as almanacs and several thousand mazarinades. The Arsenal Library also holds 17th and 18th century handwritten newsletters in the Bastille Archives (Archives de la Bastille) collection.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
CatalogsCatalogue général de la BnF
Where to consult the documents ?
2012, l’année de la presse à la BnF. Chroniques n°62 (avril-juin 2012) [fichier .pdf – 2522 Ko – 10 p.]
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