French and Francophone

French resources

4. French resources in the Caribbean


Archives Nationales d’Outre-Mer

Archives on the colonial presence in French Overseas Territories.

The Archives Nationales d'Outre-Mer keeps two large collections:

1) the archives of the Secretariats of State and the Ministries responsible for the French colonies from the 17thCentury to the 20th Century;

2) the archives transferred from the former colonies and Algeria when independence took place between 1954 and 1962, apart from the management archives which remained in the countries concerned.

All fields of colonial history are represented from the exploration of territories and the creation and administration of the colonies, the economic relations with Metropolitan France and the training of colonial administrators to the monitoring of political and liberation movements, wars and independences. Over 38 km of dossiers, 150,000 photographs, 60,000 maps and plans and a library of 120,000 books, periodicals and press titles.

Gives access to the Archives' online research tool IREL (Instruments de recherches en ligne).

Les Archives Nationales de Haïti

General information on the archive’s activities and access. No online catalogue avalable.


Archives Départementales de Martinique
19 avenue Saint-John-Perse, B.P. 649, 97263 Fort-de-France Cedex, Tél.: 0596.63.88.46; télécopie: 0596.70.04.50; Email :

Martinique has a considerable written heritage that is still largely unknown: the Martinique Archives. Collections from public authorities and government departments, family documents and business records are the source of the island’s history, essential for researchers and necessary for the building of a shared collective memory. Safeguarding the archives and making them available to as many people as possible are therefore the major considerations for a cultural policy in Martinique. This is why the Martinique Archives is contributing to and playing a key role in the Martinique Heritage Database.

See also: Banque Numérique des Patrimoines Martiniquais under the section on virtual resources on the Caribbean.

Archives Départementales de la Guadeloupe

Archives Départementales de la Guadeloupe, Bisdary, 97 113 Gourbeyre, Email :


Association pour l’étude des littératures africaines (L’APELA)

This association brings together scholars in Francophone, Anglophone, Lusophone, Italophone and Arabophoneliteratures of / on Africa, as well as diasporic literatures, with a special emphasis on the Caribbean and the MascareneIslands.



Les bibliothèques de l’Université des Antilles et de la Guyane

La Médiathèque Caraïbe – LAMECA / The Caribbean Multi-Media Library

Gateway to the Caribbean. Founded by theGeneral Council of Guadeloupe,

The rationale behind the Caribbean Multi-Media Library is to connect all documentary resources about Caribbean basin countries by developing tools to identify, locate and even circulate documents.

The Caribbean Media Library (Laméca) is the centrepiece of a network of resource centres and is in charge of collecting, processing and redistributing Caribbean-related information and documents.

Research Centres

GEREC-F: Groupe d'Études et de Recherches en Espace Créolophone et Francophone

A research group dedicated to research in Creolophone / Francophone studies. Attached to the Université des Antilles et de la Guyane.


Virtual resources

Caribbean search

Multidisciplinary online database related to the Caribbean region. Access to more than 650 journals, reports and reference books covering from subjects of politics to culture.

Le Créole
A portal with links to different sites dedicated to Creole culture.

Online catalogue of the Archives of du Musée du Quai Branly

Collections: themed online resources of the Musée du Quai Branly

Banque Numérique des Patrimoines Martiniquais under the section on virtual resources on the Caribbean.

BNPM are the initials of the Banque Numérique du Patrimoine Martiniquais, or Martinique Heritage Database. This database was set up by the General Council of Martinique. It is a portal giving access to documents on the cultural and historical heritage of Martinique, backed up by the Martinique geographical information system (SIGMA). It offers numerous search possibilities thanks to its user-friendly navigation and search engine based on the principle of interoperability between databases.

It also allows users to cross-reference different types of data from different sources (documents on historical monuments or excavations, archival or bibliographical metadata, topic-based collections, manuscripts, printed documents, periodicals, plans, maps, engravings, drawings, audiovisual resources, etc), about differentplaces (Fond Saint-Jacques, Vivé, Fort-de-France, etc), on different topics (slavery, sugar mills, rural architecture, craftsmanship, etc). Apart from very broad searches, it will also make available on-line publications on different topics (virtual exhibitions, educational documents, cultural directories, etc).


Online Journals

Caribbean studies

Caribbean Studies is a multidisciplinary academic journal published since 1961 by the Institute of Caribbean Studies, College of Social Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. The journal publishes original works on the Social Sciences and the Humanities in English, Spanish or French languages. It is divided into four parts: articles, research notes, book reviews (including review essays of multiple books and individual reviews), and news and events. Published by: Institute of Caribbean Studies.

Etudes caribéennes

Open access journal.

Pouvoirs dans la Caraïbe

Published by the Centre de recherche sur les pouvoirs locaux dans la Caraïbe (CRPLC, UMR-CNRS 8053). Open access journal with articles in French, English and Spanish.

Small Axe

Small Axefocuses on the renewal of practices of intellectual criticism. It recognizes a tradition of social, political, and cultural criticism in and about regional/diasporic Caribbean and honours that tradition but also critiquing it because it is through such argument that a tradition renews itself. Published by: Duke University Press