This collection of Napoleonic era pamphlets and broadsides provides full-text access to pamphlets and broadsides not available elsewhere on the Internet. While Napoleonic and French Revolution pamphlets may be found in Google Books, the National Library of France’s Digital Library, the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, the Internet Archive, and Hathi Trust, the materials included in this collection were either incompletely digitized or not available from these sources at the start of the project.
Pamphlets and broadsides are ephemeral, meaning that they were originally in circulation for a brief period of time. Often printed quickly to fulfill an immediate need, and lacking the protection of bindings or covers, pamphlets and broadsides were discarded, and those copies that have persisted may be difficult to find in library catalogs, since they lack the uniform information usually located on the title page of a book. The Napoleonic Era Pamphlets and Broadsides collection may be searched by title and author, but some researchers may find it useful to narrow by language (English or French) and use keywords to navigate the collection. Many items have transcriptions included; additional transcriptions will be added as they become available.
The Napoleon Collection at DePaul University Special Collections and Archives dates back to 1937 with the purchase of 4,000 volumes from the estate of Otto Lempke, who collected Napoleonic literature with a special emphasis on biographical accounts of Napoleon and the military campaigns. Subsequent gifts have enhanced the collection, including materials from the collections of Dr. Max Thorek, Milton Lewis, and Leslie H. Kuehner, whose collection originally resided at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee, before its transfer to DePaul in 2010.