Printed working documents of the Conseil d'Etat
Imprimé du Conseil d'Etat n. 1823, Archives du Conseil d'Etat

My glory is not to have won forty battles; what nothing will erase, what will live eternally, it is my Civil Code and the reports of the Conseil d'Etat
Napoléon, 1818

The Consulate and Empire (1799-1814) put their mark on the history of the whole of Europe. The military exploits of this period, however, often tend to eclipse the numerous administrative reforms which completely changed the face of Europe and France, socially, politically and economically.
The Conseil d’Etat, founded in 1799, played a major part in the elaboration of those reforms, often under the presidency of Napoleon himself. gives public access to a key source for French history which previously it has not been possible to exploit, namely:

The complete inventory of the 4620 printed documents of the Conseil d'Etat from 1800 till 1814.

The complete text of 3660 printed documents held in the Library of the Conseil d'Etat.

The ‘imprimés’ or working papers of the Conseil d’Etat were in effect the working papers, distributed during debates, as aides-mémoire for the debates themselves. They thus provide a record of the elaboration of the law and its enactment. The areas covered run from financial history to religious history, not to mention legal, cultural and administrative history.