There are some online collections available at Haverford for early modern printed texts. They reproduce every page in a book and are searchable by word and phrase.
Some texts from the era of the French Revolution have been edited and published.
Notable titles available at Magill Library include:
Collections of primary texts in anthologies can be good for browsing. They touch on many different issues, often excerpting brief passages from full works that you can find in the tricolleges or through interlibrary loan.
Editions of sources not available in the tricolleges can be borrowed through E Z Borrow or interlibrary loan. Use the subject term "sources" to locate additional primary texts in Tripod and in WorldCat.
For example, the subject search france revolution women sources in WorldCat produces results including:
Women's travel writings in revolutionary France. Pickering & Chatto, 2007-. Among the texts included are: v. 3. Letters containing a sketch of the scenes which passed in various departments of France during the tyranny of Robespierre by Helen Maria Williams (1796) and A ten years' residence in France during the severest part of the revolution, from the year 1787 to 1797 by Charlotte West (1821).
Often books printed in the 18th century are kept in libraries' rare book collections. You can go to Bryn Mawr and other local libraries to see these books.
Librarians Eric Pomroy and Marianne Hansen have put together lists of titles at Bryn Mawr concerning France with pamphlets, periodicals, and books:
They welcome researchers from Haverford. E-mail or phone them to tell them your research needs before going over to Special Collections.
Maclure Collection of French Revolutionary Materials
More than 20 thousand pamphlets published in France, between 1788 and 1802. Available in Special Collections and also on microfilm.
Primary sources, accounts and other kinds of documents written at the time of an event or era, allow a nuanced and detailed understanding of historical issues. Sources can take many different forms.