Thursday, July 30, 2009

New acquistions - August 2009


Balique, Florence. De la séduction littéraire. Paris: Presses universitaires de France, 2009.

Brower, Benjamin Claude. A Desert Named Peace: The Violence of France's Empire in the Algerian Sahara, 1844-1902. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.

Compagnon, Antoine, Jean-Baptiste Amadieu, and Kazuyoshi Yoshikawa. Proust, la mémoire et la littérature: Séminaire 2006-2007 au Collège de France. Paris: Odile Jacob, 2009

Cosnier, Colette. Les dames de femina: un féminisme mystifié. Archives du féminisme. Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2009.

Couton, Marie, Isabelle Fernandes, Christian Jérémie, and Monique Vénuat. Pouvoirs de l'image aux XVe, XVIe et XVIIe siècles: pour un nouvel éclairage sur la pratique des Lettres à la Renaissance. Clermont-Ferrand: Presses universitaires Blaise Pascal, 2009.

Daum, Pierre. Immigrés de force: les travailleurs indochinois en France, 1939-1952. Archives du colonialisme. Arles: Actes sud, 2009.

Dictionnaire des banlieues. A présent. Paris: Larousse, 2009.

Doyle, William. Aristocracy and Its Enemies in the Age of Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Dutoit, Thomas, and Philippe Romanski. Derrida d'ici, Derrida de là. Paris: Galilée, 2009.

Fasseur, Valérie. Froissart à la cour de Béarn: l'écrivain, les arts et le pouvoir. Turnhout: Brepols, 2009.

Genette, Gérard. Codicille. Paris: Seuil, 2009.

Goodman, Dena. Becoming a Woman in the Age of Letters. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009. 386p. $79.95.

Gourévitch, Jean-Paul. Les Africains de France. Paris: Acropole, 2009.

Larbaud, Valéry, and Paule Moron. Journal. [Paris]: Gallimard, 2009.

Panchasi, Roxanne. Future Tense: The Culture of Anticipation in France between the Wars. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2009.

Quand les femmes témoignent: histoire orale, histoire des femmes, mémoires de femmes. L'Europe au fil des siècles. Paris: Publisud, 2009.

Sheridan, Geraldine. Louder Than Words: Ways of Seeing Women Workers in Eighteenth-Century France. Lubbock, Tex: Texas Tech University Press, 2009.

Soll, Jacob. The Information Master: Jean-Baptiste Colbert's Secret State Intelligence System. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2009.

Watson, David Robin. Georges Clemenceau: France. London: Haus Pub, 2008.


Battaglia Ricci, Lucia. Esperimenti danteschi: Inferno 2008. Genova [etc.]: Marietti 1820, 2009.

Bernardi, Marco, and Angelo Colocci. Lo zibaldone colocciano Vat. Lat. 4831. Città del Vaticano: Biblioteca apostolica vaticana, 2008.

Ciappelli, Giovanni. Fisco e società a Firenze nel Rinascimento. Studi e testi del Rinascimento europeo, 36. Roma: Edizioni di storia e letteratura, 2009.

Corfiati, Claudia. Il principe e la regina: storie e letteratura nel Mezzogiorno aragonese. Firenze: L.S. Olschki, 2009.

Dante Alighieri, Francesco Torraca, and Valerio Marucci. Commento alla Divina commedia. Edizione nazionale dei commenti danteschi, 68. Roma: Salerno, 2008.

Istituto Italiano per gli studi filosofici. Peiresc et l'Italie: actes du colloque international, Naples, le 23 et le 24 juin 2006, istituto italiano per gli studi filosofici, palazzo Serra di Cassano. La république européenne des lettres, 3. Paris: A. Baudry et cie, 2009.

O'Connell, Monique. Men of Empire: Power and Negotiation in Venice's Maritime State. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.

Ombra, Marisa. La bella politica: la Resistenza, "Noi donne," il femminismo. Laissez passer, 19. Torino: SEB 27, 2009.

Pugliese, Stanislao G. Bitter Spring: A Life of Ignazio Silone. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.

Pupino, Angelo Raffaele, and Elena Candela. Studi sulla letteratura italiana della modernità: per Angelo R. Pupino. Napoli: Liguori, 2008.

Tosco, Carlo. Il paesaggio storico: le fonti e i metodi di ricerca tra Medioevo ed età moderna. Grandi opere. Roma: Laterza, 2009.

Varchi, Benedetto, and Vanni Bramanti. Lettere, 1535-1565. Studi e testi del Rinascimento europeo, 35. Roma: Edizioni di storia e letteratura, 2008.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wednesday Primary Source #8 - convent register

A manuscript volume containing biographical information about the nuns of the Santa Maria Annuciata delle Murate in Florence, 1629-1809. Catherine de' Medeci had stayed here in the 16th century.

You can find the location of the convent (and many other buildings, streets, and neighborhoods) on Brown University's "online Gazetteer of Sixteenth Century Florence :

Organization: Santa Maria Annunciata della Murate (Convent :
Florence, Italy)
Title: Vita e morte, 1629-1809.
Physical Description: 1 v. (149 leaves)
Summary: Biographical details, including date of birth and of
entry to the convent, names of parents, and date of
death. The second of two volumes, the first probably
lost or stolen as a result of political turmoil.
Note: A Benedictine convent of about 250 sisters.
Note: Phillipps MS 22159; purchased by Stanford, 1990.
Subject (LC): Santa Maria delle Annunziate
Subject (LC): Benedictine nuns--Italy--Florence.
Subject (LC): Convents--Florence.
Subject (LC): Monasticism and religious orders for women.
Subject (LC): Women.
Subject (LC): Florence (Italy)--History--1421-1737.
Subject (LC): Florence (Italy)--History--1737-1860.
Title: Santa Maria Annunciata della Murate Obituarium.
Title: Obituarium S. Maria de Florencia.
Title: Santa Maria delle Annunziate.


Thursday, July 23, 2009


We read print newspapers less frequently than before the explosion of digital media, but newspapers remain a valued source for researchers searching for contemporary responses to various events - political, cultural, natural...

Our subscriptions to print newspapers from France and Italy have been dwindling - we currently only receive Le Canard Enchaine and Corriere della Sera in print; and current microfilm subscriptions to Le Monde, Corriere, and Liberation. We have many early newspapers and journals available on microfilm - a selected list is here, scroll down to "individual journals". These and many others are available online from their own websites and through subscriptions to databases like Eighteenth Century Collections Online, Making of the Modern World, and Factiva. The BnF's digital library Gallica, and L'Emeroteca Digitale at the Braidense, offer rich holdings for French and Italian historical newspapers. For a sampling of available databases with newspaper contents, see the "News" section of the library Databases page.

The ICON project (International Coalition on Newspapers), based at the Center for Research Libraries (unfortunately SULAIR is not a member) offers a very useful database and list of foreign newspapers and their availability. Under Digitization Projects, you will find links to historical newspaper digitization projects.

Friday, July 17, 2009

18th century Gazettes

French language gazettes spread the ideas and news of the 18th century throughout Europe. Because of their ephemeral nature, however, access to large runs of these sources can be difficult. With this in mind, several French research groups are digitizing two of these gazettes, the Gazette de Leyde and Le Courrier d'Avignon, and making them available online. These are full-text images, so they are not searchable by keyword, but they are easy to browse. Descriptions of the project and links to the gazettes are available here:

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

finding French digital projects -

A recent meeting at the BnF focused on digital projects in France. I am still making my way through the proceedings, but wanted to share 2 searchable catalogs of French digital projects - Numes and Patrimoine numerique, with the latter having by far the greater number of entries. Both of these allow you to search for collections of digital objects - books, newspapers, manuscripts, maps, images - being created by the BnF, as well as university, municipal, and historic libraries and archives around the country. Apparently these catalogs will be combined in the future, but for now they are separate. A quick search turned up WWI newspapers from Alsace, 18th century prints of Marseille, and Queneau's manuscripts.

Many of these resources are available on the Internet, others are only accessible in the libraries themselves.

Patrimoine numerique
brought to you by...
Sarah Sussman, curator of French and Italian Collections