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Colonial states and African societies: French Colonial History

Resources for the study of African colonial history including Belgian, British, French, and Portuguese colonial history.

French Colonial History

Bibliothèque nationale de France. Gallica
France's National Library has full text primary sources online such as -


In French. 400 titles of the French press published from 1631 to 1950. Official news site of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Read the directions on Searchworks to access.


Revue des colonies [microform]. Paris.
1834 - 1841
Stanford has microfilm in the Media Microtext Center.

Revue des colonies [electronic resource] : recueil mensurl de la politique, de l'administration, de la justice, de l'instruction et des moeurs coloniales. Paris.
A few issues from 1836, 1837 are online.


Papiers, 1881-1909
Noirot, Ernest

Birthdate - Death date 1851-1913.
Paris : Société francaise du Microfilm.
6 reels
Hoover Library MFILM DT534.N6
Noirot was a colonial administrator in French West Africa. Includes reports, notes, correspondence, maps, illustrations relating to his duties in Guinea and the Fouta Djallon and Senegambia regions.
Microfilm made from original materials located in the French National Archives (Cartons AP148/1-5)
Contents listed in "Papiers Ernest Noirot" by G. Debien ("Extrait du Bulletin de l'Institut francais d'Afrique noire, 1964, B, no.3-4")


Records of the U.S. State Department [microform] : The French Colonies in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1945-1963 : internal and foreign affairs
United States. Department of State
Woodbridge, Ct : Primary Source Media, Gale Cengage Learning, 2012.
21 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.
Green Library Media / Microtext Center


Stanford University. Library
Répertoire 1857-1904 [microform] : [libérations].
[Dakar] : Atelier de microfilm, Direction des archives du Sénégal, Annexe, 2002.
7 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.
"Slave emancipation registries from the colonial administration of Senegal. The first entry was recorded on August 6, 1857, and the last was May 16, 1904. In all, there were 20 record books for slave liberations. While the format changed over the years, the general system used by the colonial government was the following: name of slave, place of birth (if available), age, place of liberation within the colony of Senegal, date of liberation, and name of the colonial administrator."