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The Allure of the Archives$
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Arlette Farge

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300176735

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300176735.001.0001

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Traces by the Thousands

Traces by the Thousands

(p.1) Traces by the Thousands
The Allure of the Archives

Arlette Farge

Yale University Press

This first chapter outlines what led the author to carry out the research that forms the core of this book. The book deals almost exclusively with archives of the eighteenth century, which are stored in the French National Archives, the Library of the Arsenal, and the National Library. The archival document is a tear in the fabric of time, an unplanned glimpse offered into an unexpected event. In it, everything is focused on a few instances in the lives of ordinary people who would otherwise be ignored. The chapter describes in detail the arduous process of gathering together the research into a presentable format.

Keywords:   archives, eighteenth century, National Library, French National Archives, Library of the Arsenal

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