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Collection Development Policy Statement: French Studies

Analysis of the Subject Field

A. Chronology of the Subject: Emphases/Restrictions

Classical studies acquires works on pre-medieval France.

B. Language of Resources Collected:


We collect both French and English language editions of the works of prominent French literary authors. We do not collect French language translations of works originally published in English. Critical literary material is collected in both English and French using this same guideline.

We collect history works published in French and in English and translations of French texts into English, but not French translations of works published in English, originally. Ditto for other disciplines.

C. Geography of the Subject: Emphases and Restrictions

French studies is about the history, literature, and culture of France, not about the French, outré mer, in other countries or in formerly French colonies. An exception is made occasionally for items about the history of French Canada in history, in either English or French.

D. Format of the Resources Collected: Restrictions, if Any

Nothing is prohibited. However, we collect videos and DVDs very sparingly; and, we are not collecting expensive, primary resources in microform or electronic form, aside from French Books Before 1601, a microfilm set we began collecting a very long time ago, and special faculty requests.

E. Date of Publication of Resources Collected: Emphases, if Any

We emphasize collection of recent imprints, purchasing older materials only to fill specific, reasonable faculty requests.

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