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Finding Aid for the Collection of Print Material from the French Revolutionary Period, 1787-1806
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Collection of Print Material from the French Revolutionary Period
    Date (inclusive): 1787-1806
    Collection number: 1515
    Extent: 9 boxes (4.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Collection consists of five distinct categories of bound and unbound material related to the French Revolution. See "Series & Subseries" for complete scope and content notes.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Processing History

    Three of the five collections (2,3,& 4) contained in collection 1515 had received some form of processing prior to their processing in 2007.
    Series 2, "Opinions des membres de la Convention nationale...," was item-level processed at an unspecified date. The type-writer produced index is included as Box 4, Item 8. The items have been catalogued according to the Index. All parenthetical references referring to quantity refer to different readings by the same deputy, they are not indications of duplicate entries.
    Series 3, "Collection revolutionnaire," a loose-bound collection, had been examined before 2007. Date indicators were inserted into each of the documents; however, the dates were noted but there was no suggestion that the collection was ever arranged by date, nor did it appear to be the prevoius processors intent to attempt to force the documents into a chronological order. The documents remain in the order that they were discovered, with title (and date and author when possible) provided.
    Series 4, "A collection of 151 documents printed by the National Convention," was item level processed. All of the documents contained a designator (such as 1/1, 1/2, IV/1, IV/2) but there was no notation to suggest what information the designators were meant to convey. They may have indicated that a previous processor knew that the documents were originally part of a collection and was ordering them based on their knowledge of that collection. During the processing that occurred in 2007, the final arrangement is based predominately on the order in which they were found. The handful of exceptions to the prior order were based on a sense that the documents would be better placed with other documents in the collection. For example, all arêtés have been placed together, whereas one had previously been placed within a different group of documents.
    Series 1, "La Révolution et les colonies," is a hard-bound collection that was catalogued according to volume number. As an additional aid, specific authors, dates, and subject matter are provided when possible and/or relevant.
    Series 5, a collection of journals, was catalogued according to journal title and the number of volumes contained in the collection.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Collection of Print Material from the French Revolutionary Period (Collection 1515). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 964455 

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of five distinct categories (organized into series) of bound and unbound material related to the French Revolution. Series 1 is a collection of projects, proposals, reports, letters, and decrees. The documents were mainly printed at the government's request. They are exclusively documents discussing eigtheenth-century French colonialism. Most of the documents were issued either to or from the colonies. The first six volumes are arranged alphabetically by author but not by date. Volumes 7 through 9 appear to follow no specific order, in terms of either author or date. Volume 7 is a collection of legislative, philosophic, political, and social arguments for and against the continuation of a slave-based economy in the colonies. Volume 8, although slavery is present, is overwhelmingly devoted to the cost of running the colonies and trade depots, both in France and abroad. Volume 9 is a compilation of laws on nearly every imaginable aspect of colonialism. Series 2 contains 396 positions, which representatives read before the National Convention either in support of or against the execution of Louis XVI. Series 3 is a large and varied assortment of print material dating to the French revolutionary period (side note: it was originally bound by the Japanese book-binder Yushodo). Series 4 consists of documents that were all printed by the National Convention. In terms of subject matter, the topics range from debates on the best manner to distribute communal goods to the publication of provincial deputies budgets while 'en mission'. Series 5 consists of 98 individual items, processed at the catalog level. 45 issues of "Assemblée nationale et commune de France," 19 issues of "le Journal Universel," 5 issues of "Auditeur national," 26 issues of "Mercure de France," and 1 issue each of the following: "l'Observateur," "le Courrier de Paris," and "le Flambeau."

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Bound 9-volume collection: "La Révolution et les colonies." (1788-1797)
    2. 7-volume collection: "Opinions des membres de la Convention nationale sur la suspension du pouvoir royal." (1792-1793)
    3. Loose-bound 6-volume collection: "Collection révolutionnaire" (1787-1806)
    4. Collection of 151 documents printed on behalf of the National Convention
    5. Collection of 98 French Revolution-era journals (1789-1803).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    France --Politics and government --Sources.
    France --History --Revolution, 1789-1799 --Sources.
    France --History --Consulate and First Empire, 1799-1815 --Sources.
    France --History --Louis XVI, 1774-1793 --Sources.