Records for the French Colonial Empire Put Online

The National Overseas Archives of France have put a database called Ulysse online. It contains a lot of information and documents relating to the French colonial empire, but the blog post I’m linking to is concerned mostly with Vietnam. “These materials document on one side the history of French colonial empire, but on the other side they are a rich source for the study of Vietnamese traditions and everyday life in historical perspective. The materials mainly originate from public records (state secretariats and departments that managed colonies from the seventeenth century until the mid-twentieth century, general government offices, etc.) and private archives, but also from donations, purchases, and bequests.”