If you are doing research on French history and you don't speak French, one of the challenges is to find primary sources in translation. This section is designed to help you locate such materials. Many sources have now been digitized and are available on the web. Other primary sources are collected together and published in a book; you can locate them through OSCAR, the online catalog.
Large Collection of Primary Documents
French Revolution Digital Archive (Stanford University and Bibliotheque Nationale de France)
Useful for the vast collection of images of the French Revolution. Also includes the "Archives Parlementaires", but not in translation
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution
Provides access to an "extraordinary archive of some of the most important documentary evidence from the Revolution". The site includes 245 images and political cartoons, maps, songs, and 338 text documents ()personal memoirs, official reports, newspaper articles, eyewitness accounts), most of them translated in English and edited for the student and general reader.
Times of London
If you are interested in the British newspaper coverage of the French Revolution, the London Times Digital Archive (1785-2009) is available to you.
The French Revolution and the Revolutions of 1848 (Hanover Historical Texts)
Small collection of primary documents (translated in English) scanned by the History Department at Hanover University
Enlightenment (Fordham University)
Good collection of primary sources (many translated in English) from the Modern History Sourcebook at Fordham University.
French Revolution (Fordham University)
Good collection of primary sources (translated in English) from the Modern History Sourcebook at Fordham University.
French Revolution (Online Library of Liberty)
The Online Library of Liberty is a project of the educational foundation Liberty Fund. The section on the French Revolution includes several interesting primary sources including "On the Admission of Women to the Rights of Citizenship".
Specific Documents, letters, personal accounts, etc.
Cahiers de Doleances 1789
Some of the Cahiers from the three estates have been digitized. You can also find some of them in print in the library in Translations and Reprints of the Original Sources of History, vol. 4
The reign of terror; a collection of authentic narratives of the horrors committed by the revolutionary government of France under Marat and Robespierre. Written by eye-witnesses of the scenes. Tr. from the French. , 1826