Document ReferenceFRC
TitleFrench Revolution Collection (printed books)
Date18th century - 20th century
Extent3,500 items
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers
Admin HistoryThe origin of the Collection lay in the acquisition by the Library, in 1928 and 1931, of duplicates from the Crawford Library of works on the French Revolution. Built up by the noted bibliophile and collector, Alexander William Crawford (Lindsay), 25th Earl of Crawford and Balcarres (1812-1880), the library had been housed before its dispersal at Haigh Hall, near Wigan, Lancashire. The French Revolution material was not included in the Bibliotheca Lindesiana (1910, 4 vols) as the 26th Earl had intended to devote a whole volume to it, but this was never in fact completed. The Collection has been maintained and extended since its acquisition, and now numbers over 3,500 items.
Custodial HistoryThe collection was acquired for the University of Nottingham Library in 1928 and 1931 by the successive University Librarians Professor L.V.D. Owen (1928-1931) and G.E. Flack (1931-1958).
DescriptionThe Collection, which is overwhelmingly in French, is primarily concerned with contemporary records of the revolutionary years, from the overthrow of Louis XVI. Its particular strength lies in its holdings of contemporary pamphlets, including journals such as Moniteur, Journal de Paris, and Revolutions de France et Brabant of Camille Desmoulins, and runs of Marat's L'Ami du Peuple. In addition to this core interest the Collection includes a small but interesting collection of works on Napoleon I. This includes the thirty-two volumes of the Correspondence along with many other volumes of letters, memoirs and works on Napoleon's marshals and on the exile at St Helena. Finally, a final small series of periodicals issued during the revolution of 1848 is also present.
MgtGroupPolitical and diplomatic papers
Printed Book Collections
ArrangementThe collection is arranged by Library of Congress classification
TermFrance - History - 1789-1815
FindingAidsMost of the collection is catalogued on the University of Nottingham's library catalogue NUsearch ( To browse the Collection, enter the search term FRC (the code for French Revolution Collection) into the main search box and select to search within the Library Catalogue only. For the rest of the Collection, readers can consult a typescript list of the original core Collection dating from 1937, and a supplementary list to 1971. These are available in the Reading Room.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
ConditionMostly good

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA2038Lindsay; Alexander W.C. (1812-1880); 8th Earl of Balcarres and 25th Earl of Crawford; succ. 1869; also 33rd Lord Lindsay of Crawford1812-1880
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