Links of Interest
The following links are intended to provide information about resources, historic sites, and organizations related to the French colonial history in the American Midwest. Suggestions for additional links are welcome.
The French Colonial Historical Society encourages interest in the scholarly study of all French colonizing activity and the history of all French colonies.
L’Institut d’histoire de l’Amérique française est la principale association des historiennes et des historiens professionnels du Québec et des spécialistes de l’Amérique française.
La Société française d’histoire d’outre-mer (SFHOM) est une association qui réunit des universitaires, des érudits et des professionnels du monde de l’entreprise et de l’administration pour valoriser les recherches sur l’histoire des monde des outre-mers.
Archival, Museum, and Bibliographical Resources
French national overseas archives website.
Dictionary of French-Canadian families from 1600-1760, published originally between 1871 and 1890.
Bilingual digital library made available by the Library of Congress. It explores the history of the French presence in North America from the first decades of the 16th century to the end of the 19th century.
Extensive bibliography of resources composed by Thierry Anjubault, All publications listed are available online.
Online calendar of the Kaskaskia Manuscripts, 1708-1816.
The National Archives of Canada, the Archives de France and the Canadian Embassy in France online archive of more than 22,000 digitized documents about the administration of New France.
Resource site created by Joseph Gagné, featuring links to archives, databases, and organizations.
Discover what drew the French to North America and follow missionaries, cartographers, soldiers, coureurs des bois and Aboriginal allies as they explore and expand New France. Join Canada’s first European inhabitants in their daily activities and learn about their culture and civilization.
Very large site established to commemorate the memory of the continued presence of French-speaking people in Wisconsin. On-line articles, maps, related links. Many resources for French teachers.
Through maps, photographs, paintings and textual documents, the exhibit tells the story of the first two centuries that followed the first French explorations of our province, in 1610.
Visitor information about the French heritage in the Middle Mississippi River Valley.
Includes information by state about French history in the region.
Pages on the historic sites managed by the IHPA, including the Cahokia Courthouse, Fort de Chartres, Fort Kaskaskia, the Pierre Menard Home. Calendar of events at these sites. Fort Massac is managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Historical and Related Societies
Historical Sites (By State)
Essay in French on Marquette and his legacy.
Oldest fife and drum corps in Midwest. History of Compagnies franches de la marine and military music of the 17th and 18th centuries. List of recordings. Page on Fort Ouiatenon.
A virtual exhibit based on selections from Buisseret, David. Mapping the French Empire in North America: An Interpretive Guide to the Exhibition Mounted at the Newberry Library on the Occasion of the 17th Annual Conference of the French Colonial Historical Society (Chicago: The Newberry Library, 1991).
Online version of the Jesuit Relations in both English and French, provided by Library and Archives Canada.
Extensive information on early explorers of Canada and la Nouvelle France.
Living history blog.