French Revolution: Research Kit

Hello, citizens! This is a collection of tools, archives and primary sources that can facilitate research on the French Revolution ; all of them are accessible online for free.

primary sources

Histoire parlementaire de la Révolution française (40 volumes): parliamentary history of the French Revolution ; includes primary sources such as records, speeches, decrees etc.

Histoire du tribunal révolutionnaire de Paris (6 volumes): history of the Revolutionary Tribunal of Paris ; includes

primary sources such as

records, writings, orders etc.

La Société des Jacobins (6 volumes): Aulard’s history of the Jacobin Club ; includes

primary sources such as

records, speeches, writings etc.

Collection complète des lois, décrets, ordonnances, règlemens et avis du Conseil d’État (34 volumes): collection of the laws, decrees and orders that were issued between 1788 and 1830

Réimpression de l’ancien Moniteur (31 volumes): reprint of Le Moniteur Universel, which was one of the most prominent newspapers during the Revolution

Papiers inédits trouvés chez Robespierre, Saint-Just, Payan, etc. supprimés ou omis par Courtois. précédés du Rapport de ce député à la Convention Nationale (3 volumes): collection of documents that were found in the course of Courtois’ investigation ; includes many notes, letters and manuscripts written by Robespierre, Saint-Just, Couthon etc.

Archives Parlementaires (101 volumes): collection of the procès-verbaux of the legislative sessions during the French Revolution

Recueil des actes du Comité de salut public, avec la correspondance officielle des représentants en mission et le registre du conseil exécutif provisoire (30 volumes): collection of the orders and correspondences of the Committee of Public Safety

Œuvres de Robespierre (11 volumes): collected writings, letters and speeches of Maximilien Robespierre

Œuvres de Saint-Just (2 volumes): collected writings, letters and speeches of Louis Antoine Saint-Just

Œuvres de Marat (1 volume): collected writings, letters and speeches of Jean-Paul Marat

Œuvres de Danton (1 volume): collected writings and speeches of Georges Jacques Danton

Œuvres de Desmoulins (2 volumes):

collected writings, letters and speeches of Camille Desmoulins


French Revolution Digital Archive: project set up by the Stanford University Libraries and the Bibliothèque nationale de France ; offers free access to the Archives Parlementaires, as well as to an archive of images that were created during the French Revolution

Gallica: digital archive of the Bibliothèque nationale de France ; offers free access to images, writings and documents of the French Revolution

Guillotinés de la Révolution Française: portal searching the index of the people that were guillotined during the French Revolution

Condamnés à mort pendant la Révolution: portal

searching the index of

the people that were sentenced to death during the French Revolution

Emigrés de la Révolution Française: portal

searching the index of

the people that emigrated during the French Revolution


Dictionnaires d’autrefois: portal that searches Dictionaries from the 17th to the 20th century ; the fifth edition of the Dictionnaire de l’Académie française from 1798 is particularly helpful when researching terms in connection to primary sources of the Revolution

Dictionnaire de la révolution française: dictionary of institutions, persons and events in connection to the French Revolution

Dictionnaire des parlementaires français: dictionary of the French deputies from 1789 to 1889, offering brief biographical sketches of the representatives ; particularly useful when researching relatively obscure deputies

Feel free to add things, citizens. Have a nice day!


Love of one’s fellow man is something one would expect to be able to take for granted in everyone as the basis of just about everything. But some believe there are better foundations. I feel little curiosity about them. This old foundation that has been tested and found good for so many centuries is enough for me.

Vincent Van Gogh, in a letter to his brother, Theo. Van Gogh then went on to reference a song from Les Mis:

If Caesar had given me
Glory and war,
And if I was forced to forgo
My mother’s love,
To great Caesar would I say,
Take back your sceptre and your chariot,
I love my mother more, hey!,
I love my mother more.

Van Gogh then says, “In the context in which this … occurs, love of my mother stands for love of the Republic, or rather ‘love of mankind’; in other words, quite simply, universal brotherhood.”

(via pilferingapples)

Thanks for posting the Van Gogh letters! They’re super cool and I can’t wait to read more (and inevitably the brick again) but really, thank you for sharing with us nerds, I love finding stuff like this that I never knew, or made those sorts of connections ! Love your blog! Just keep on doing ur thing I’m a fan !!


My favourite of the letters is this one, from Van Gogh to his brother, Theo. (The online archive lets you search within the database of letters, which is how I found all the Les Mis references – it’s pretty great.)

In that particular letter, Van Gogh talks about the 1848 revolution (which he mistakenly believes was the subject of Liberty Leading the People), and quotes Delacroix:

J’ai entrepris un sujet moderne, une barricade,
et si je n’ai pas vaincu pour la patrie, au moins, peindrai-je pour elle. Cela
m’a mis de bonne humeur. (x)

It’s a very Grantaire sort of quote, don’t you think?

And then:

Much has happened since then. But I believe that if you and I had lived then, you would have been on Guizot’s side and I on Michelet’s side. And both remaining consistent, could with a certain sadness have found ourselves directly opposed to each other as enemies, on just such a barricade, say; you in front of it as a soldier of the government, I behind it as a revolutionary or rebel.

(Van Gogh was, at the time, arguing with Theo, for various reasons.)

My nasty remarks are bullets directed not at you — who are my brother — but in general at the party to which you belong. Likewise I don’t regard your nasty remarks as being expressly aimed at me, but — you’re shooting at the barricade (and believe that you’re thereby making yourself useful) and I happen to be inside it.

You’re shooting at the barricade, and I happen to be inside it.

translator needed for Thomas Bouchet’s Le Roi et les barricades: une histoire des 5 et 6 juin 1832


I had it shipped to my school’s library and am currently doing high res scans using school equipment so that all the details (scans of newspapers, portraits, etc) in the text can be clearly read in addition to the text itself

So far I’ve scanned the intro and chapter 1, available here on my google drive as a PDF

I’ll be scanning the rest of it daily before I have to return it, unfortunately, I don’t speak French––and since the book is obscure enough that there are, to my knowledge, only three copies for sale on Amazon for over 100$ each, I think it’s safe to say we aren’t getting an English translation unless the fandom does it




replied to your post

“Right so there’s this book, Vie de Boheme: A Patch of Romantic Paris…”

(also increasingly i suspect that gautier’s politics boil down to ‘i refuse to accept that ‘treat people well, goddammit’ is a political position and not just, you know, a basic truth of life’)

Yeah, the more I read about him the more I suspect that what Gautier really needed was Conscientious Objector status, which of course did not exist in his cultural mindset; it seems like he really intensely Didn’t Want To Hurt Anyone and…actually bought into the idea that that meant he didn’t care about things. But anyone who’s breaking their own damn arm to avoid Very Socially Approved service in 1832 has some friggin’ kind  of conviction, even if they aren’t able to articulate it very well. 



Elritch, correct me if I’m wrong-but I think there’s no deadline! It’s just something it would be really nice to have as a source if/when possible!

there’s no deadline! @spacestationtrustfund has also agreed to do it, so whatever works for everyone who’s interested in this, if you want to switch off chapters or do your own thing, go at it! I’m just interested in seeing this happen

I can do a few chapters maybe? I kind of have a lot of translation work on my plate right now but not this specific kind of translation work and I wouldn’t mind switching it up a bit.