of the entry:
14 description fields.
7 search criteria (in green in the table below).
A search can also be performed on a single entry.
Number and draft
The contemporary number for each
document, from 1 to 3063. Several drafts may appear under the same
Name of the rapporteur
Each draft text was drawn up
by a member of the Conseil d'Etat who was appointed as rapporteur
for the project. The list of the rapporteurs is presented on the
search page in the form of a scroll-bar menu.
All dates expressed using the
Revolutionary calendar have been converted to the Gregorian calendar,
the calendar used for date searches in the inventory. Document searches
can be performed by date or for a given period.
The printed working documents
have the Republican calendar dates until Nivôse, An XIV, i.e., January
The heading of each draft very
often indicates the substance of the draft. They frequently contain
descriptive "key words", e.g., tabac, marine, instruction, prison,
Type of document
Indicates whether the document
is a draft bill, draft opinion, etc… This information can be searched
for in the heading.
Number of pages
Number of pages of the original
Open field, mentioning in particular
any distinctive features of the document.
Section or commission responsible
for the draft
Each draft was examined first
by a section or commission. The list of the section/commissions
mentioned is presented on the search page in the form of a scroll-bar
Index of places
When preparing the inventory,
M. C. Vignal indexed the places mentioned in the 'imprimés'. The
list of the indexed places is presented on the search page in the
form of a scroll-bar menu.
The printed documents are often
to be found in more than one collection. Only the printed documents
('imprimés') of the Conseil d'Etat library are digitised. The locations
of the documents are listed on the search results page.
Specific classmark of the document
for each institution.
View the document
Provides either a link to the
digitised document (if that document exists in digital format) or
a link to the list of the collections of originals and all relevant
information regarding getting to view the documents.
Detailed organisation of
The main subdivisions of each
Note: empty fields do not
appear on the results pages.
search engine for the 3660 documents of the Gérando collection
The full text of the opinions
has been indexed by the search engine; thus any word in the text
can be used in the search. More precise search criteria are available:
search in the title, by date (Republican calendar prior to 1806)
1. search page
2. list of results (document title, date, size of the file, degree
3. digitised document: display of the first occurrence of the word
in the search.
You may move between each occurrence of the word by clicking on
the > and < arrows which appear on either side of each occurrence
of the search term.Note: to see a list of all the documents, perform
a search leaving the search field empty.
A search can be performed for
any of the words in the documents: ideal for locating the tariffs
of numerous products, information of a local nature, proper names.
Although this does not replace indexation by subject, nevertheless
searches can be refined by using more than one search term.
Brief biographical details on
the members of the Conseil d'État from 1799 to 1814: Conseillers
d'État (senior members), Maîtres des Requêtes (counsels) and Auditeurs
(junior officials). This biographical database is based on the biographies
of the members of the Conseil d'État of the Napoleonic period compiled
by M.-C. Vignal.
These brief biographies provide an overview of the careers of the
members of the Conseil d'État in the context of their regular and
exceptional work at the Conseil d'Etat, and they are based mainly
on the information given in the Almanach Impérial. These details
have been corrected and completed as far as possible, but this on-line
search tool is far from exhaustive. A Dictionnaire biographique
des membres du Conseil d'État de 1799 à nos jours is currently being
prepared by Editions Fayard and will be a useful source of information.
Number of records
By name: the names are
listed in a scroll bar menu on the search page.
By office: the offices are listed in a scroll bar menu on
the search page
1. search page
2. list of results
3. entry (for 150 of the biographical entries, an image of the signature
of the person is included).
Provides useful biographical
details on major figures of the First Empire who are still little
known. Also valuable for the administrative history of France, in
that many political figures of the Restoration and the July Monarchy
cut their teeth in the Imperial Conseil d'Etat.