French Revolution Digital Archive – web site launched

February 10, 2014
Catherine A. Aster
Satirical print of French aristocrats

We're excited to announce Stanford University Libraries' release of the French Revolution Digital Archive web site (FRDA):

FRDA is the result of a multi-year collaboration of the Stanford University Libraries and the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) to produce a digital version of the key research sources of the French Revolution and make them available to the international scholarly community. 

FRDA emerged from the expressed need by scholars of the French Revolution to gain greater and more flexible access to their sources. The French Revolution itself produced scores of documents by participants, spectators, and critics. These materials include texts of all sorts – legal documents, pamphlet literature, belles lettres, musical compositions, and a rich imagery. Dispersed in libraries and archives, hidden in documental series and in short individual pamphlets, this diverse documentary heritage can now be offered to scholars in a digital format. The French Revolution Digital Archive brings together two foundational sources for research: the Archives parlementaires (hereafter AP) and a vast collection of images selected from the collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Scholars are able to search each collection separately using an English or French interface, and across both collections - the Images and the Archives parlementaires. By bringing the French Revolution’s textual and visual representations together virtually into a single curated collection with powerful means to search, analyze, and display the information, scholars and students will be able to advance our knowledge and understanding of this crucial period in world history.

Congratulations and sincere thanks to all members of the FRDA team in Digital Library Systems and Services and SUL.  Thanks are also due to our collaborators at the BnF, along with Stanford professor Dan Edelstein for his key consultation and faculty sponsorship. 


Cathy Aster

Catherine A. Aster

Senior Digital Library Services Manager, Digital Library Systems and Services
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