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About This Site

The project, "Paris, Capital of the 19th century," initiated by the French Studies and Comparative Literature Departments of Brown University, provides a window into the cultural, political and social context of 19th century Parisian culture.

It offers online access to pictorial works and texts selected from the collections of the Art Slide Library, the Rockefeller Library and the John Hay Library at Brown University. The majority of the materials are drawn from the Anne S. K. Brown Collection and the Starred Books Collection housed at the John Hay Library. These two collections provide a particularly significant and informative perspective on the political, cultural and social movements of this time period. Parisian society, military operations and dress, well-known personalities, and cityscapes are among the many subjects of images in the collection. Of particular interest to researchers is the inclusion of entire works — full text and images — for selected books and periodicals.

The web site is designed to give students and faculty a visual tool to complement their study of history, art and literature from 19th century Paris. As we present and share the richness and diversity of the Brown Library collections, we hope that this discovery tool will enable faculty and students to integrate some of these resources into courses, and to develop research topics for future papers or theses that will further contribute to the understanding of the complexities of this tumultuous and fertile time period in French history and culture.

The "Chronology" and "Essays" sections offer historical and contextual essays written by faculty, undergraduate and graduate students at Brown University and other institutions. The "Resources" section provides a bibliography of works available at the Brown Library and relevant Internet resources.

Various searching capabilities enable users with different needs and search preferences 1) to browse the collection by metadata category, by thematic category, or by viewing all thumbnails; 2) to perform a basic or advanced keyword search.

We welcome questions and comments about this project.

project staff