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French History, Politics, and Law

Special Collections holds French Revolutionary tracts as well as a large collection centering around the intersection between the history of French political institutions and the development of French law, but also includes many works on French and European history more generally.  The majority of the collection dates from the 19th century, but it includes over 200 items from the 13th to 18th centuries.

How to Use the Collection

With a few exceptions, the collections can be accessed and requested through the library catalog. Finding aids for individual collections are linked on this website. Materials are available for use in the Special Collections Reading Room (room 401) during regular hours. Materials do not circulate. 

Finding Aids for French History, Politics, and Law

Jacques Flach Collection

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Biographical Sketch GeoffroiJacques Flach(1846-1919) was born in Strasbourg, France, the capital of the Alsace region, on February 16, 1846. His…

Rare Book Collection


The Rare Book Collection is the default designation for materials in Special Collections that are acquired as individual items. Like Special…

Related Exhibits

Geofroi Jacques Flach

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This site documents the journey of the library of Geofroi Jacques Flach from France to Missouri. He collected books over...

Selected Items

Académie des sciences (France) Mémoires “Observations des différents effets que produisent sur les végétaux les grandes gelées d'hiver et les petites gelées du printemps.”


Vols. for 1816- numbered also as 2. sér., t. 1-(varies, lacking on some vols.)
Some volumes published out of chronological order.

Encyclopédie. Recueil de planches, sur les sciences, les arts libéraux, et les arts méchaniques, avec leur explication.


11 volumes : illustrations (part double, part folded), charts ; 38 cm
Contents: Première section: Verrerie en bois, ou Petitie verrerie a…

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