Resources: History of Paris

In addition to the library's hardcopy collection, UC students are also encouraged to make use of the resources available to them via the California Digital Library (CDL), which includes useful electronic journal collections such as J-STOR and MUSE, or newspapers etc with Lexis-Nexis.
Specific resource pages are available for some courses at the UC Center Program.

Unless otherwise noted (public), the following sources all require access to the California Digital Library (through a proxy server). UC students can set up a proxy script in the browser of their laptop.

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General Course resources

Assorted Sites

  History of Paris – a selected bibliography from H-France.
  Parillusion – images and descriptions of Paris neighborhoods.
  Balzac's Paris – a theme-based guided tour
  Paris History (pages by
  Paris: History (pages by the WebMuseum)
  Paris arrondissements and population density, 1860-1911
  Dossier on Haussman and Nineteenth-Century Urbanism (in French)
  Belle Epoque Postcards – Paris ca. 1900, with searcheable map.
  Music in Paris in the 1920s, by the BBC
  “Paris Works and Days” – A Photographic Chronicle of Parisian Life in the First Half of the Twentieth Century (from the newspaper L'Aurore-Le Figaro)
  Additional Bibliography (selected topics)
  Historical Maps & Photos of Paris

The Louvre

  An eyewitness account of the Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Day, August 24, 1572.
  Official site of the Louvre (in French)
  Aerial views of the Louvre
  Louvre extensions (1852-57)

Les Places

  Images of the Place Vendoôme
  Place Vendôme - Photos
  Images of the Place des Vosges


  The Duc of Saint-Simon observes the court at Versailles
  Two portraits of Louis XIV
  Images of Gardens and Grounds

The French Revolution

  Historical Documents on the French Revolution and Napoleon
  Exploring the French Revolution: Documents, Images, Texts, Songs, Chronologie


  Documents on the 1848 Revolution in France

The Paris Commune

  1200 digitized photographs, images, and caricatures from Northwestern University

The Paris World Fair

  Images from the Paris World's Fair, 1900

The Liberation of Paris

  Exhibition on the Liberation of Paris (1945)