The Collections: Guide to the Collections: European History
The largest collection in the Lilly Library concerning the history of continental Europe focuses on the French Revolution of 1789. Its approximately 7,000 pieces include long runs of newspapers and journals, pamphlets, official decrees and ordinances as well as a number of editions of the Constitutions of 1791, 1793, and 1795. Also of historical interest is the substantial collection of materials providing insights into Parisian life from the 17th through the 19th centuries, including directories, guidebooks, and city maps.
Of Czech interest is the Masaryk collection which contains approximately 4,200 manuscripts and fifty printed pieces concerning the Masaryk family, including Alice Garrigue Masaryk and her father Tomas Garrigue Masaryk, president of the Czech Republic from 1918 to 1935. There are other Czech-related materials in the Robert Bruce Lockhart papers.
The library of historian W. E. D. Allen added substantially to the Lilly Library's resources for the study of Russia, Georgia and Russo-Turkish relations. The collection is rich in travel narratives, chronicles, and works in linguistics and contains a number of books and some manuscripts in the Georgian language.
Also of Russian interest are the several thousand letters written to Russian novelist, publicist, and playwright Aleksandr Amfiteatrov (1862-1923) who, because of his dissident activities and publications, spent much of his life in exile in Italy.
Related exhibition catalogues include:
- XXIII. The Transition to Modern Germany: The Eighteenth Century [ online version available ]
- XXXIII. La Vie Parisienne, 1650-1900 [ online version available ]
- XXXVI. Eighteenth-Century Cities: A Panorama [ online version available ]
- XLIII. Liberty, Equality ... or Death: The French Revolution, 1789-1794 [ online version available ]
Catalogues relating to history in general:
- LVII. The People's Voice: A Romantic Civilization, 1776-1848
Top: Engraving of Charles Monnet. Prise de la Bastille, Le 14 juillet 1789 (undated).