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

The collection is available to all users in the Special Collections Reading Room (room 401) during regular hours.  Materials do not circulate. Rare books may be used in the Special Collections Reading Room during service hours or by appointment.

With a few exceptions, the collection can be accessed through the MERLIN library catalog.  Advice on using MERLIN to search Special Collections can be found here.

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…

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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

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…

Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière, avec la description du Cabinet de roi.


t. l. De la manière d'étudier et de traiter l'histoire naturelle. Histoire et théorie de la terre. Par m. de Buffon. 1749.--t. 3. Description du…

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.

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