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Women in the French Revolution: A Resource Guide

Open access digital resources are listed here. Resources specific to individuals may be cross listed in Key Figures in the Revolution.

Digital Resources

Decret de l'assemblee national qui supprime les ordres religieux et religieuses. 1790. French Political Cartoon Collection. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
This print shows monks and nuns enjoying their new found liberty, some are loading possessions onto horses and wagons, some embrace, one couple kisses while another rides off together on horseback.

The digital resources listed in this guide are freely available to the public and require no academic affiliation. Material is continually being added to resources such as Internet Archive External and HathiTrust External. To find the full range of documents available it is highly recommended to try your own searches.

The subscription databases at the Library of Congress will have journal articles on this subject but the majority are onsite access only. In this guide, links to specific titles of primary and secondary sources are grouped together while links to academic institutions, libraries, digital libraries and museums are listed in the External Websites section of this guide. In some instances works by individual women are cross referenced on their profile pages: Key Figures in the Revolution.

Select images of Revolutionary Women and Satirical Images of the French Revolution are on separate pages in the guide. All images are publicly available to download and are held in the Prints and Photographs Reading Room of the Library of Congress. Digitized primary source images can be found by searching across all image collections at the Library of Congress and include hundreds of freely available photographs, illustrations and political cartoons.