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  • H-France is a scholarly organization promoting the study of French and Francophone history and culture online.  Since its origins in 1991, H-France has grown into a central source of scholarly information and publications related to French history, literature, art history, musicology, film studies, and philosophy.  Publishing five open access journals and supporting a discussion list, a Scholars Registry, and a website, the H-France Editorial Team is composed of a large group of volunteers whose efforts are the heart and soul of its operations.

    H-France Research Repository

    Dear H-France Members:

    I am thrilled to launch publicly today the H-France Research Repository.  The Research Repository holds copies of digital photographs taken by scholars at libraries and archives and information on microfilm reels in H-France’s possession to be lent out for research. These resources are made available due to the generosity of the scholars who took the photos and commissioned the microfilms from national, departmental, and municipal archives.  The Research Repository may be accessed at https://h-france.net/h-france-research-repository/.

    We wish to express our great admiration to the thousands of archivists and librarians whose work is central to researchers. The materials made available here can never replace archival research or the joys of discovery working though books and boxes, but we do hope that it can aid and sustain those researchers unable to travel to such institutions.

    As the Research Repository is designed for use by scholars and their students, the materials are organized by their archival codes.  When possible, we have also included links to online indices for specific archival series.  Archival materials for which an entire folio or box was photographed or microfilmed in its entirety are listed as “complet.”  Archival materials for which only selected pages or items material were photographed or microfilmed are listed as “en partie.”

    These materials are made available without charge and in terms of the laws governing and set by the institutions holding the original documents. We have been in contact with the Service interministériel des Archives de France as well as with individual archives to ensure that these materials may be offered through this repository.  We have endeavored to exclude from the Research Repository material which is not publicly available under the laws and policies governing such material or which require special permission for consultation (such as a dérogation).  If material is found in the Research Repository which should not be included, we will quickly remove the material once informed.  Please contact the Research Repository Editor David Kammerling Smith at dksmith@eiu.edu.

    We very much wish to continue to add to the Research Repository.  In fact, we have more material which we will be adding in the coming days and weeks.  We would very much welcome additional donations of photographs and microfilms.  If you have material to donate, please contact the Research Repository Directory at the email address above.  The richer the repository, the more useful it will be for researchers and for students.  There are presently several tens of thousands of photos available.  We would love for that to become hundreds of thousands.

    Finally, a particular thanks to Claire Lemercier for her assistance and advice in developing the project.  Her contacts and knowledge of the laws affecting archival material have been invaluable.  And further thanks to Billy Davis and Sergio Vlahovich, who undertook much of the work building and developing the website.

    David Kammerling Smith
    H-France Editor-in-Chief and Research Repository Editor