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Primary Resources for French Studies: Special Collections

Last updated: 04-08-2008

Special Collections

Special Collections, Main, Remote Storage, and Fine Arts contain the French Monarchy Collection. Built by a wealthy French industrialist, M.S.U. Libraries acquired the collection in 1961.   It includes over 6,000 monographic volumes and 3,000 pamphlets, both primary and secondary sources, published in France, in French, about the history and social life of France, European history, heraldry, histories of individual families, genealogies, biographies, works on the French royal families, and works on the French monarchical institution from the 10th c. to the 19th centuries, including the art and architecture of the period. Its publication dates range from 1500 into the 20th century.  There is no particular printed or online guide to this collection's contents.  Access to it is via author, title, keyword, and L.C. subject heading searches in the online catalog for M.S.U. Libraries. If the location of an item on a French topic is Special Collections it is likely part of this collection. If you wish to use Special Collections’ materials specifically, try confining your search to the library location “Special Collections” using the advanced catalog search form.

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