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. It provides members with various channels, including newsletters, annual meetings, a web site and French Colonial History, and a refereed journal.
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.
Articles and images on individual communities in Illinois with French heritage.
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.
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.
National Park Service historic site.
Essay in French on Marquette and his legacy.
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. The documents come from the Colonies fonds (series C11A) held at the Centre des archives d’outre-mer at Aix-en-Provence, France.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Tourism information for Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.
Website of the Fort de Chartres historical site and various groups associated with it.
Information on the center’s mission, activities and publications. Several pages are devoted to excavations at Old Mobile, Port Dauphin, French plantations. Related links to other French colonial sites in North America.
Visitor information about the French heritage in the Middle Mississippi River Valley.
Website devoted to the French history and heritage of Old Mines, Missouri.
French national overseas archives website.
Includes information by state about French history in the region.
Dictionary of French-Canadian families from 1600-1760, published originally between 1871 and 1890.
Living history blog.
Resource site created by Joseph Gagné, featuring links to archives, databases, and organizations.
Online calendar of the Kaskaskia Manuscripts, 1708-1816.