About the French collection
The Library has extensive collections of French material, ranging from the history of the early Franks to modern France. There are strong local history holdings, as well as national material, making the IHR unrivalled as a source for French local history in Britain. The IHR's collections focus on primary sources, with supplementary guides, bibliographies, reference works and periodicals.
There are strong collections of chronicles, cartularies, editions of letters, political, legal and biographical works. Although there are extensive holdings on all periods of French history, the nineteenth century is particularly well-represented, thanks to a bequest from Vincent Wright.
Related IHR collections
- There is a large amount of material in the military collection, for example extensive sources on the Franco-Prussian War, soldier's diaries and the Armées Françaises dans la Grande Guerre series.
- Material on French colonial history is in the Colonial collections.
- Diplomatic history in the International Relations collection, such as Documents diplomatiques français.
- Religious history (classmark ER), such as works on the monastic orders and papal records.
- General collection, including for example atlases, biographical dictionaries, reference works, works on the Carolingian Empire and histories of European universities.
- Relevant material relating to the border regions will also be found in the Low Countries collection, especially the local section.
Organisation of the main French collection (classmark EF)
The items are classified with the letter EF (EFF for oversized material), subdivided as follows:
Bibliographies and Archive Guides
General and subject specific. Examples include:
General, Reference works, Encyclopedias and Dictionaries, Biographical Dictionaries, Atlases
This section is divided into 3 periods: to 987 (EF.22), 987-1328 (EF.24) and 1328-1483 (EF.27). More general material is at the beginning (EF.21). Each section is subdivided by type of material: General Works, Politics & Government, Law, Religion, Economic & Social History, Culture & Learning, Individuals, Other Subjects. Examples include:
French history 1483 – 1643
Subdivided by material type as above.
French history 1643 – 1789
Subdivided by material type as above.
French history 1789 – 1815
Other material by period, subdivided by material type as above:
French history 1815 – 1914
Subdivided by material type as above
EF.71 Whole Period
French history 1914-
Subdivided by material type as aboveEF.81 Whole Period
EF.83 1914 – 1940
EF.85 1940 – 1944
EF.87 France since 1944
Covering both general and specific/local subjects, examples include:
Journals on French history will also be in other sections such as E.9 (general European history) and ER.9 (Religious history).
- EFP.1 Place Names & Topography
- EFP.2 Works concerning more than one region
- EFP.31 Alsace
- EFP.32 Angoumois (Charente département)
- EFP.33 Anjou (Maine-et-Loire département)
- EFP.34 Artois (Pas-de-Calais département)
- EFP.35 Aunis & Saintogne (Charante-Maritime département)
- EFP.36 Auvergne
- EFP.37 Béarn (Basses-Pyrénées / Pyrénées-Atlantiques département)
- EFP.38 Berry
- EFP.39 Bourbonnais (Allier département)
- EFP.40 Bourgogne
- EFP.42 Bretagne
- EFP.44 Champagne
- EFP.45 Corse
- EFP.46 Dauphiné
- EFP.47 Flandre (Nord département)
- EFP.48 Foix (Ariège département)
- EFP.49 Franche-Comté
- EFP.50 Gascogne
- EFP.51-2 Guyenne (and Aquitaine in general)
- EFP.53-5 Île-de-France (EFP.54 Paris)
- EFP.56-7 Languedoc
- EFP.58 Limousin
- EFP.59 Lorraine
- EFP.60 Lyonnais
- EFP.61 Maine
- EFP.62 Marche (Creuse département)
- EFP.63 Nivernais (Nièvre département)
- EFP.64-7 Normandie (EFP.67 Rouen)
- EFP.68 Orléannais
- EFP.69 Picardie (Somme département)
- EFP.70 Poitou
- EFP.71-2 Provence
- EFP.73 Rousillon (Pyrénées-Orientales département)
- EFP.74 Savoie
- EFP.75 Touraine (Indre-et-Loire département)
- EFP.90 Monaco