Resources by subject matter
The conservation-restoration portal of the Ministry of Culture
The portal offers heritage professionals and students working in these fields a list of online resources on regulations, good practices, scientific research and training in these fields. It is the result of a joint work of the various departments of the Ministry of Culture in charge of the conservation of heritage assets (archives, libraries, museums of France, archaeology, historical monuments), laboratories and research centres and training institutes for heritage professionals under the Ministry of Culture.
Information on the stones used to build and restore monuments and the corresponding quarries.
Data on the heritage stones of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and Languedoc-Roussillon, as well as their quarries of origin.
Provence-alp es-Côte d'Azur region
Insects of cult heritageurel
Insects harmful to heritage works
CICRP and the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) in collaboration with the GENOSCOPE (National Sequencing Centre) have created the Insects of Cultural Heritage database. This database identifies insects present in heritage places and posing a risk for the conservation of cultural property: museum collections, library and archival holdings, movable and immovable elements in historic monuments. It is a tool to facilitate the recognition and identification of insects encountered in heritage places in order to define and undertake, as soon as possible, the necessary actions against infestations. This database is intended for any professional in charge of heritage conservation, any other professional and scientific concerned or interested in these issues. Finally, thanks to its ergonomics and presentation, it remains accessible to all audiences. A total of 115 species will be available online.
Fungal contaminants in cultural heritage
The Mycota base is primarily intended for conservation and restoration professionals. The information contained in this report is derived from experiments and bibliographic research conducted at the Centre for Research on Collections Conservation (CRCC). Composed for the moment of about twenty species, Mycota will be gradually enriched as observations, since no less than 300 species of mold are likely to contaminate heritage properties.
Architecture, civil engineering and town planning
On the website of the Ministry of Culture
Bibliography of 19th and 20th century architectural heritage (74,000 records)
On the website of the Academy of Architecture
The collection of Catalogue I (1750-1900)
On the site of the Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine (CAPA)
Inventories of architectural archives of the Centre d'archives d'architecture du XXe siècle: approximately 400 described collections (biographies, bibliographies), 320 inventories, 40,000 projects.
On the website of the National Institute of Art History (INHA)
The Conbavil database contains the analytical analysis of the 26,900 reports recorded in the first 66 registers of the minutes of the meetings of the Council of Civil Buildings, that is, the years 1795-1840, as well as the digitized illustrations of the projects accepted during this period, for the first time attached to the reports concerning them. The holdings are held in the National Archives (F21).
This database is essential to know the construction and restoration work carried out on civil and religious monuments in the 20th century: hospitals, town halls, markets, courthouses, churches.
On the website of the Conservatoire national des Arts et Métiers (CNAM)
Conservatoire numérique des Arts et Métiers (Cnum): digital library in the history of science and technology. Originally created from the heritage holdings of the central library, the Cnum offers an online consultation of a collection of French-language books and periodicals on science and technology. The program of digitization of works is divided into nine major themes: catalogues of builders, construction, energy, universal exhibitions, scientific generalities and popularization, history of CNAM, machines and scientific instrumentation, information and communication technologies, transport.
On the site of the École nationale des Ponts-et-Chaussées (ENPC-Paristech)
The portal of the library
The presentation page of the old fund
Mainly dedicated to engineering and construction sciences, this collection (over 40,000 references of printed titles published from 1490 to 1968) covers many fields such as architecture, political economy, astronomy, natural sciences, mathematics, geometry, etc.
On the DO.CO.MO.MO website
DO.CO.MO.MO International has, since its creation, set as its objective the establishment of a file listing all the buildings and urban sites of the Modern Movement. Since 1991, DO.CO.MO.MO France has launched the drafting of first files to feed the file of modern French buildings for a chronological period between the 1880s and the late 1960s. The Paris file has been computerized to make possible its progressive valuation. This approach was made possible by the help of the city of Paris in 2003.
On the sites of the associations of architectural archives
No. 22 – Associations d’archives d’architectes – Collecte d’archives en France. Oral archives, computer archives, December 2004
AMAB: Association Modern Archives of Architecture of Brittany
AMAL: Modern archives of Lorraine architecture
AAAN: Association of Northern Architectural Archives
SAAL: Société académique d'architecture de Lyon
Architecture center in Savoie
Centre d'archives d'architecture et de paysage en Aquitaine
Association archives d'architecture de la Loire
International Civil Engineering Heritage Database
Discover the diversity of civil engineering with more than 63,000 works and more than 13,000 stakeholder companies and their products, as well as 9,000 engineers and architects, all illustrated with more than 180,000 images (April 2015).
Archirès, a French-language portal of libraries of national architecture and landscape colleges and associated partners, brings together the twenty National Architecture Colleges of the Ministry of Culture and Communication (list in the Libraries section), the Special School of Architecture, the Camondo School, the UCL – Faculty of Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Urban Planning (Brussels site), the ULB (Université libre de Bruxelles) – Faculty of Architecture, the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA), the City of Architecture and Heritage (CAPA). Since 2001, the Archirès bibliographic database, dedicated to journal articles and student work, has been accessible on the Internet. It is currently searchable from the common catalogue of schools.
Urbadoc presents a major documentary collection of more than 700,000 bibliographical references on the themes of urban planning, housing, urban and regional development, gathered by a group of European producers of databases, wishing to strengthen the international exchange and dissemination of information in their fields. Urbadoc was created by: Archinet, association for architectural information (IUAV, CNBA, QUASCO– Italy), Association Urbamet (IAURIF, DGUHC-CDU of the Ministry of Equipment, INIST – France), Centro de Información y Documentación Cientifica (Spain), Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik (Germany), Greater London Authority, Information Services (UK).
Archives of parks and gardens
Parks and Gardens Source Guides – 1556-2006
The documentations of the National Museums are rich in topographical or author files that are essential to carry out the necessary research on a work of art:
Louvre Museum: study and documentation service of the department of paintings, documentations of the departments of sculptures and art objects. Some departments have opened online databases, such as the Department of Graphic Arts. The collections of the Louvre Museum on display are accessible by Atlas, a database of the works on display created by the Collections search engine.
Catalogue of works of the Musée d'Orsay
Museum of Decorative Arts, especially the Maciet collection
National Public Collections
• http://www.cnap.fr/collection-en-ligne/ : The National Fund for Contemporary Art’s database of works, a state collection managed by the National Centre for Plastic Arts (CNAP), includes in 2016 nearly 80,000 works out of 97,000 works acquired since 1791, more than 80% of the works inventoried.
. Painting, stained glass, sculpture, works of art, musical instruments;
- INHA – RETIF: directory of Italian paintings in French public collections (19th - 19th centuries)
- INHA – Census of 16th Century French Painting
- Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine – Musée des monuments français
- Wall Painting Records
- National Archives – base Arcade It traces the genesis and history of works of art acquired, commissioned or managed by the State and local authorities from 1800 to 1969.
Stained glass windows
• MCC – Alphabetical list of authors by trade, glass painters, July 2010, vocabularies chapter (1871 bibliographic records with reference to Palissy)
- City of Architecture and Heritage
Museum of French Monuments
- Cluny Museum online catalogues
- Alexandre Lenoir’s Museum of French Monuments (1795-1816)
Catalogue of works
- Ministry of Culture
Arcade base: traces the genesis and history of works of art acquired, commissioned or managed by the State and local authorities, from 1800 to 1969.
- Repertoire of French sculptures (1500-1960) in American public collections
- To our great men, CD-ROM dedicated to public statuary, 2004
- Bronze and cast art: [e-monumen.net] geolocated database of French and foreign monumental heritage
Resources made available by the Arachné research group
Selective bibliography in the field of textile and religious goldsmithing, classification by region, 2000-2012, exhibition catalogues, conference proceedings and books
Portal of 20th and 21st century design collections, objects and furniture in the French public collections: Musée des Arts décoratifs, Centre national des arts plastiques/fonds national d'art contemporain, Centre Pompidou, Musée national d'Art moderne/Centre de création industrielle (Mnam/Cci), Musée d'art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Étienne Métropole.
- MCC – Alphabetical list of authors by trade, goldsmiths, July 2010, chapter vocabularies (6306 records of Parisian goldsmiths 1875-1924 illustrated with their hallmarks)
- Selective bibliography in the field of textile and religious goldsmithing, classification by region, 2000-2012, exhibition catalogues, conference proceedings and books
- Catalogue of Life-dated chalices - 20th century, forms and dates
- The general inventory: the results > Thematic approaches > Goldsmithing
Centre d'études et de recherche sur l'émail (CEDRE): Within the Limoges Museum of Fine Arts, CEDRE is an invaluable resource for people who can justify specialized research. The documentary collection of the Corpus des émaux méridionaux (structure founded in Limoges in 1948 by Marie-Madeleine Gauthier and attached to the CNRS), currently being inventoried, brings together more than 11,000 records of enamelled exhibits listed and held in public and private collections around the world, its manuscripts, correspondence and some 30,000 photographic photographs.
The enamel collection of the Limoges Museum of Fine Arts
Ivorian Gothic, census of ivories present in public and private collections. This project launched in October 2008 is supported by the Courtauld Institute of Art. It consists of a database of ivory sculptures made in western Europe between 1200 and 1530.
- Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, organ builder
- City of Music/Music Museum
- Music Museum Media Library
- Research on instruments kept in French museums
- Music portal on the MCC website
- Campanology, the portal of the French campanology company (SFC)
Other specialized resources
Methodological, scientific and technical resources on the portal of the General Inventory of Cultural Heritage
See also the thematic approaches: industrial heritage, stained glass, silverware, urban heritage, wall paintings, seaside and resort heritage
French Museum Portal – Mona Lisa