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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, except for rare books. 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, except for rare books. 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 Africa, which is the purview of the Africana librarians.  French studies does collect on the history, literature, and contemporary affairs of French Canada in the French language.

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

Nothing is prohibited. However, we collect  DVDs very sparingly; DVDs produced in France are not able to be played on North American DVD players.  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.   We offer by subscription ARTFL and Digitalia e books and streaming films.  As online courses require more electronic books and journals, we will respond, as we are able,

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.

We collect a few French rare books in Murray and Hong Special Collections, where we aim to offer a representative collection for teaching.

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