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French and Francophone Studies: History and Culture

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Gallica WWW --Available through the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Gallica provides access to a large and growing corpus of digitized texts.

French Biographical Resources

Dictionnaire de biographie française . 19 volumes published to date. Paris: Letouzey et Ané, 1933-2001.

Michaud. Biographie universelle ancienne et moderne . 45 vols. Paris: Delagrave, 1843-1865. Also available through Hathi Trust Digital Library.

Hoefer, Jean-Chrétien. Biographie universelle . 46 vols. Paris: Firmin Didot Frères, 1852-1866.

Archives biographiques françaises. Edited by Susan Bradley. 1,065 fiches with paper index. London: K.G. Saur, 1988.

"Fusion dans un ordre alphabétique unique de 180 des plus importants ouvrages de référence biographiques français publiés du 17e au 20e siècle"--Jacket. Accompanied by: Liste des sources.

Dictionnaire des intellectuels français: les personnes, les lieux, les moments. Edited by Jacques Julliard and Michel Winock. Paris: Seuil, 1996.

An alphabetical arrangement of entries not only on people but on organizations such as publishers and educational institutions which have contributed to the intellectual climate of France. The people were chosen for their interdisciplinary influences. The 1-2 page articles include references to books by and about the intellectual discussed. Indexes provide access by type of entity: person, publishing house, etc.


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