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“Madame Anastasie” (censorship: allegory), André Gill, L’Eclipse, no. 299, 19 July 1874
The Haut-de-jardin level provides free access to around 270 political and general news press titles. While all continents are represented, the emphasis is on Europe and French-speaking countries.
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:
La liste des périodiques accessibles en salle de la presse et des médias [fichier .pdf – 85 Ko – 20/11/13 – 12 p.]
Since 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 Haut-de-jardin level in room D, 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.
These titles may be consulted during the Haut-de-jardin level’s usual opening hours from Tuesday to Saturday (with final requests taken at 17:00).
Microfilms being held in the Research Library’s stacks, there will be a delay before they are delivered in room D.
Périodiques microfilmés pouvant être consultés en Bibliothèque du Haut-de-jardin, salle D [fichier .pdf – 30 Ko – 16/04/14]
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.
Using older local pressOlder local press is a fount of knowledge about everyday life, specially since the 19th century. One can discover how to find about older French local newspapers through this post in the Blog lecteurs published by the BnF :
Chercher & trouver : presse et revues françaisesThe French-language search memo Presse et revues françaises helps you identify a newspaper and find an article. It also has a list of the shelfmarks of newspapers and magazines often searched for in the catalogue général de la BnF.
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.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
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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