This collection includes links to research databases, finding aids, historical society webpages, and other materials useful to those undertaking research in the field. Material is arranged by region rather than by historical period. The collection is a work in progress, and some regions/eras are currently better represented than others. We are always looking to expand, so please send any suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Provides access to the French National Library’s collection of digitized documents, included treatises, newspapers, Journal officiel transcripts of debates in the National Assembly and the Senate, and a wealth of other materials. Interface is currently only available in French.
French Colonial Archives (ANOM; Archives nationales d’outre-mer)
Archives repatriated from France’s colonies are primarily held at the ANOM. From the website’s landing page, you can access online inventories (not all inventories are available online, however), the catalogue for the library housed in the same building as the archives, digitized archival documents, digitized vital data (état civil), the Ulysse database of images, and other materials. Website is largely in French, with certain pages available in English.
A bibliography of online sources on French colonial history compiled by Thierry Anjubault.
Société française d’histoire des outre-mers
French society for colonial studies; publishes the journal Outre-Mers twice a year. (French only)
Les Entreprises coloniales
This site maintained by Alain Léger contains dozens of transcribed documents related to business ventures across the French empire; it is subdivided by region. (French only)
William Haponski Collection -- Finding Aid
Approximately ten linear feet of books, periodicals, manuscript materials, and newsletters donated to the archive by William Haponski. The majority of the materials in this collection are about the French involvement in Vietnam, and more specifically their involvement in the First Indochina War. Subjects covered are the French colonization of Vietnam, battles and strategies of the First Indochina War, to include firsthand accounts from participants, the rubber industry and plantations in Vietnam, and missions. There are also source materials covering the American Vietnam War. These materials cover the period 1885 through 2012. (English only)
MSU Vietnam Group Digital Archive
The digital archive contains materials pertaining to Michigan State University’s technical assistance programs in the Republic of Vietnam, which ran from 1955 until 1962. They shed light not only on these programs themselves, but also on the political and economic history of the early period of the Republic of Vietnam more broadly. (English only)
Historical Dictionary of the Indochina War
This website provides access to hundreds of entries in Christopher Goscha’s Historical Dictionary, which is also available in hard copy.
Vietnamiens en France
This site brings together bibliographies, primary sources, and general information on the history of Vietnamese in France. It is in a stage of ongoing development, so check back regularly. (French only)
Études Cham/Cham Studies
This site features information on Champa and a bibliography of academic and other publications on Cham history. (English and French)
Finding Aid for Archives related to French West Africa at the Military Archives (Série 5H, Service historique de la Défense)
Colonial Archives of Brazzaville
A website dedicated to the colonial archives of French Equatorial Africa housed at the National Archives of Congo in Brazzaville. This site gives details on access conditions for potential researchers and retraces the history of the colonial archives kept in Brazzaville. Includes a few sample documents and the inventories of the Gouvernement Général and the Inspection Générale de l'Enseignement. Website is in English, documents are in French.
Resources on Cameroon – Small Small Catch Monkey (Mark DeLancey, DePaul)
Mark DeLancey’s site contains bibliographies on a wide range of historical and cultural topics related to Cameroon, as well as a finding aid for the Cameroon National Archives in Yaoundé and PDFs of constitutional documents.
University of Pennsylvania Africa Studies Center
The Center's website includes a Resources section organized by country.
Columbia University's African Studies Site
This site presents detailed information about Columbia's collections as well as links to a variety of online resources.
University of Illinois's Center for African Studies
This site presents detailed information about the Center's activities, Illinois' collections, and links to a variety of online resources.
Colonial Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia – A. Garcia
A personal website with access to some digitized documents and digital exhibits. (French only)
A personal website with links to a range of digitized documents related to Algeria, primarily from the French colonial period. (French only)
The Champlain Society
The Society’s website provides access to its own publications, as well a digital edition of Samuel de Champlain’s works. (English only)
France in America/La France en Amérique
The result of a partnership between the Library of Congress and the French National Library, this database provides access to a range of digitized materials on the French presence in North America. (French and English)
The Center for French Colonial Studies
The center focuses on the history of the French presence in the upper Mississippi Valley from the late 17th to the early 19th centuries. (English only)
The Historical Atlas of Canada
Online access to historical maps of Canada and significant portions of the data used to generate them. (French and English)
The W.H. Pugsley Collection of Early Canadian Maps
This is a digital collection of maps held at McGill University, dating from the mid-16th century to the mid-20th century. (French and English)
Trésors de la Cartothèque de l'Université Laval
Collection of historic maps, including of Quebec and Canada. (French only)
Institut d’histoire de l’Amérique française
This Quebec-based institute brings together specialists of the histories of Quebec and French North America. (French only)
Digital Library of the Caribbean
A cooperative digital library of resources on the Caribbean, including maps, exhibits, and newspapers. (English interface)
Archives nationales de Haïti
Information about the archives, though no access to finding aids or catalogues.
La médiathèque caraïbe (The Caribbean Media Library)
Online access to catalogues, collection descriptions, and related academic articles. (French only)
Caribbean Documents Collection (University of Miami)
Access to a selection of correspondence and documents concerning various aspects of business and life in the Caribbean from the 1750s through the 1850s.