Presentation of the
Digitised collection specifications
||Napoleon's letters to Bigot de
Préameneu, Bibliothèque du Conseil d'Etat
|Volume of material
All the letters have been transcribed in text form from the
handwritten originals. Each letter has been annotated to explain
the references to people or events by Professor J. O. Boudon.
Digitisation in image form from the black and white photographs
kept at the Conseil d'Etat. The images have been touched up and
compressed in JPEG.
Full-text search engine on the
contents of each letter. Possibility of consulting groups of letters
in chronological order.
Reasons for the technical choices
for digitisation and distributio
LThe transcription was carried out by N. Clot,
a student at the École des Chartes, from the black and white photographs
of the originals kept in the Bibliothèque du Conseil d'Etat, in order
to avoid excessive handling of the old binding of the collection. Difficulties
of reading were solved by checking the originals of the letters.
Where parts of letters have not been published before this is indicated
in a note. Where applicable, previous editions of the letters are identified
precisely (N° of the letter in the edition, volume, page).
Digitisation in image form: the black and white
photographs were scanned and stored in TIFF format. The luminosity and
contrast of the images has been touched up for displaying the images
of the letters on the Internet. JPEG type compression is used.
Part of the documents of the Nougarède du Fayet
collection was published in: Correspondance de Napoléon Ier publiée
par ordre de l'empereur Napoléon III, Paris, Imprimerie Impériale, 32
volumes, 1858-1869, cited as follows: Correspondence, xx (volume), date,
p. xxx (page), N° xxx (number).
Comte d'HAUSSONVILLE, L'Eglise romaine et le Premier Empire 1800-1814,
Paris, Michel Lévy, 5 volumes, 1868-1869.
The other letters already published were published from the original
records kept in the Archives Nationales in the series AF IV at the turn
of the last century in: Léon LECESTRE, Lettres inédites de Napoléon
Ier (an VIII-1815), Paris, Plon, 1897, 2 volumes; cited as follows:
Lecestre, x (volume), p. xxx, N° x (number), according to AF IV xxx
(number of the dossier containing the record of the letter in the AF
IV series in the Archives Nationales).
Léonce de BROTONNE, Lettres inédites de Napoléon Ier, Paris, Champion,
1898, 611 p. and Dernières lettres inédites, Paris, Champion, 1903,
2 volumes, 556 et 542 p.
For further information on the previous editions, read the analysis
by J. O. Boudon. As far as possible references to people or events have
been explained with the assistance of Professor J.
O. Boudon, president of the Institut Napoléon and a specialist in
religious affairs of the 19th century.