8 février 2013 | Table ronde autour du Récit de William Wells Brown, écrit par lui-même (1847)

8 février 2013, 14h-16h

Université Paris Diderot, Bâtiment Olympe de Gouges, salle 163, Prolongement rue Albert Einstein 75013 Paris.

Présentation de l’ouvrage Le Récit de William Wells Brown, écrit par lui-même (1847), traduit et édité par Claire Parfait et Marie-Jeanne Rossignol, et publié au printemps 2012 par les Publications des Universités de Rouen et du Havre.

Dans le cadre de l’axe « Histoire du politique », EA Larca, Etudes anglophones, Paris-Diderot

Intervenants : Hélène Le Dantec-Lowry, Paris III.

Hélène Quanquin et Cécile Roudeau, Paris III, animatrices du projet « Littérature et histoire »

Thomas Constantinesco, Paris Diderot.

Ressources électroniques en ligne

Useful websites and databases


The following are all free

American Journeys  (Wisconsin Historical Society)
Digitized travel narratives from the 16th to the 19th century, including thousands of pages on the Lewis and Clark expedition.

The American Memory section of the Library of Congress
The Thomas Jefferson Papers (not The Papers of Thomas Jefferson published by Princeton U P)
The James Madison Papers :
Lettres, écrits et mémos manuscrits numérisés, parfois transcrits, utiles notamment pour la partie des Jefferson Papers non encore publiés par Princeton UP.

The Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress

— Correspondance, discours et articles publiés par Douglass et ses contemporains, un projet de son autobiographie, des documents financiers et juridiques, des albums, et divers manuscrits numérisés, parfois transcrits, parfois même annotés par ses soins.
— Environ 7400 documents (38 000 images numérisées) relatives à la vie de Douglass. Couvrent les années 1841 à 1964,(la majeure partie des documents couvrent la période 1862-1895).
— Recherche possible par mot clé.
— Contient un index détaillé de sa correspondance (classée par ordre alphabétique des noms de ses correspondants)
— 9 collections


Antislavery Literature Project
The goal of the Antislavery Literature Project is to increase public access to a body of literature crucial to understanding African American experience, US and hemispheric histories of slavery, and early human rights philosophies.  Antislavery literature encompasses slave narratives, lectures, travel accounts, political tracts, prose fiction, poetry, drama, religious and philosophical literature, compendia, journals, manifestoes, abolitionist music and children’s literature. There is a complex and contradictory range of voices, from journalistic reportage to sentimental poetry, from racial paternalism and stereotyping to advocacy of interracial equality, from religious disputation to militant antislavery calls.
The website often re-directs users to sites such as the Gutenberg Project where works can be downloaded or searched.


Archives.org
Thousands of books and pamphlets, including many 19th century transcriptions of earlier documents.

Archives Canada France / Nouvelle-France: Horizons nouveaux 
Numerous digitized manuscripts relating to New France, from French and Canadian repositories
Archives of Maryland Online
Over 700 volumes, text searchable

The Atlantic World: America and the Netherlands (Library of Congress)
English and Dutch; numerous texts and maps, searchable and digitized


The Black Abolitionist Archive

Hébergé par University of Detroit (Mercy)
– une collection de plus de 800 discours prononcés par des activistes noirs et environ 1000 éditoriaux couvrant une période allant des années 1820 à la Guerre Civile.
– Tous les documents sont disponibles en format PDF
– Recherche possible :
– par nom d’auteur/orateur
– par nom de société/association abolitionniste
– par nom de publication (journaux noirs et/ou abolitionnistes de l’époque)
– par mots clés

British History Online
Numerous volumes of archives from British archives, including the Calendars of State Papers, Colonial Series

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation consists of a linked set of published congressional records of the United States of America from the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress, 1774-1875. It includes the Journals of the Continental Congress (1774-89); the Letters of Delegates to Congress (1774-89); the Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, or Farrand’s Records, and the Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution (1787-88), or Elliot’s Debates; the Journals of the House of Representatives (1789-1875) and the Senate (1789-1875), including the Senate Executive Journal (1789-1875); the Journal of William Maclay (1789-91), senator from Pennsylvania in the 1st Congress; the debates of Congress as published in the Annals of Congress (1789-1824), the Register of Debates (1824-37), Congressional Globe (1833-73), and Congressional Record (1873-75); the Statutes at Large (1789-1875); the American State Papers (1789-1838); and congressional bills and resolutions for selected sessions beginning with the 6th Congress (1799) in the House of Representatives and the 16th Congress (1819) in the Senate. A select number of documents and reports from the monumental U.S. Congressional Serial Set are available as well.


4 categories:
– Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention
– Journals of Congress
– Debates of Congress
– Statutes and Documents


Common-Place Web Library
This online journal is devoted to the early Republic and includes a good web library to be checked by students.

Do History
Helpful for teaching methodology (archives and documentation, context, paleography…)


Documenting the American South
Includes sixteen thematic collections of primary sources for the study of southern history, literature, and culture. The works presented are not searchable but can be easily downloaded. The collections range from the colonial period to the 20th century. They include the exhaustive “North-American Slave Narratives” with an introduction by William L. Andrews.


Kraus Collection of Sir Francis Drake  (Library of Congress)
Mostly 16th century voyages, not restricted to English ones

The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (University of Nebraska Center for Digital Research in the Humanities)
The Center is worth exploring for many its resources but the Lewis and Clark journals (Moulton edition) are fully searchable, include a gallery of images, additional resources and the perspective of native Americans. A gem for researchers and use in the classroom!

Making of America (MoA)
 (U. Michigan)
Books and periodicals (19th century), fully searchable

The Nineteenth Century in Print (Library of Congress)
American 19th century books and periodicals, fully searchable (textes et images)

The Online Library of Liberty of the Liberty Fund
Ce site offre des anthologies et des recueils d’écrits sur la jeune Amérique (mais pas seulement) ainsi qu’une série intitulée “The Founders’ Constitution” : http://oll.libertyfund.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=109&Itemid=332, aussi disponible sur un autre site tenu par l’Université de Chicago (www.http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/tocs/toc.html) et qui recense, pour chaque section de la Constitution de 1787, des textes permettant de les remettre en contexte de manière large.

Salem Witch Trials: Documentary archive and transcription project  (U. Virginia)
Numerous ressources (manuscrips, texts, maps)


Slavery and Abolition (Dickinson College)
Slavery and Abolition in the US: Select Publications of the 1800s is a digital collection of books and pamphlets that demonstrate the varying ideas and beliefs about slavery in the United States as expressed by Americans throughout the nineteenth century. The works in this collection reflect arguments on both sides of the slavery debate and include first person narratives, legal proceedings and decisions, anti-slavery tracts, religious sermons, and early secondary works.
The works can be searched and read online, not downloaded.

Teaching American History (Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, Ohio)
Ce site propose une “Document Library” avec notamment des sections assez fournies pour “Colonial Era” et “Founding Era”.

The Thomas section of the Library of Congress
Contient les archives législatives, ainsi que, notamment, les Federalist Papers.  


Wellcome Library
If you get a car when you go to London (10 mins walk from St Pancras, they accept any academic with any kind of remote research connected to the History of Medicine), you will get access to a variety of online ressources.
Also of interest: their image catalogue (history of medicine in the world)

18th Century Ressources (Jack Lynch, Rutgers)
Used to be a very good inventory of 18thC ressources, now a little olden.