Historic French pamphlets to be digitized
Thanks to a grant from the university’s College of Arts and Humanities that
recognizes innovative projects, a faculty team will digitize rare historical
French pamphlets, exposing valuable information about the French Revolution to a
in part by a $5,000 New Directions Innovation Seed Grant, three co-leaders will
oversee a project to digitize 300 French pamphlets published in the late 18th
century. Another 700 will be cataloged to increase their accessibility among
The UMD French Pamphlets Project is led by Assistant
Professor Sarah Benharrech and Professor Valerie K. Orlando of the Department of
French and Italian and Kelsey Corlett-Rivera, librarian for the School of
Languages, Literatures, and Cultures from the University Libraries.
pamphlets reveal valuable information about French society during the upheaval
of the Revolution (June 1788-December 1804) and provide cultural historians,
linguists and political scientists with important source material to study
history, language, politics, government and social issues.
University Libraries hold approximately 12,000 historic French pamphlets, more
than 7,000 of which are from the Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras.
hope this pilot project jumpstarts an even greater effort,” says Corlett-Rivera.
“I’m honored to be part of a team that builds on the expertise and relationships
across campus.” Corlett-Rivera and her co-leaders conceived the project at the
Digital Humanities Incubator series sponsored by the Maryland Institute for
Technology in the Humanities.
The project leaders are working closely
with colleagues who curate special collections within the University Libraries
as well as those from the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities.
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