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Dreyfus 1906-2006, French Ministry of Culture
This comprehensive website offers detailed texts describing the time period of the Dreyfus Affair, the principal characters, the Dreyfus family, and the legal history. One may also view primary documents from the affair, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to Dreyfus material in the Archives Nationales and the Service des Archives Nationales d'Outre-mer in Aix-en-Provence. Language is French or English.
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Homepage for Dr. Jean-Max Guieu, Georgetown University
This site includes information about the Georgetown Audio-Visual Electronic Library Project for the Study of Emile Zola and the Dreyfus Affair and the related Comprehensive Digital Bibliography. It also includes a timeline for the Dreyfus Affair and an English translation of Emile Zola's “J'Accuse…!” Language is English.


Les cahiers naturalistes: Emile Zola
Follow the tab at the top of the page to L'Affaire Dreyfus. Included here are two texts authored by Zola and published at the time of the Dreyfus Affair, “J'Accuse…!” and “Pour les juifs.” A chronology is available as well as the texts of speeches from French politicians at the time of the Dreyfus Affair's Centenary. These speakers include Jacques Chirac, Lionel Jospin and others. Language is French.


Brown Archival and Manuscript Collections Online: Guide to the Émile Zola and Henry Céard Papers 1864-1921
The Émile Zola and Henry Céard Papers consist chiefly of correspondence. Zola writes about contemporary writers and journalists, literary criticism, the stage, censorship, politics, and personal affairs, including his own novels and reviews. Seventy-seven letters (1879-1889) are to Henry Céard. Correspondence is in French.


Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme: Alfred Dreyfus, le combat pour la justice
This website was created to complement an exhibition, “Alfred Dreyfus, le combat pour la justice,” at the Museum of Art and the History of Judaism in Paris. The site has a searchable catalog for primary documents from the exhibit. It also lists exhibits and events marking the Dreyfus Centenary and links to press and television programs related to the centenary. Language is French.


Gallica is a digital library of some of the collections in the Bibliothèque nationale de France. This webpage presents links to a number of digital scans of resources for the Dreyfus Affair. Language is French.

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SIHAD: Société Internationale d'Histoire de l'Affaire Dreyfus
The Société, founded in 1985, seeks to gather together researchers working on the Affair and to centralize information about research projects related to it. Included on the site are transcriptions of some historical documents, including Zola's “J'Accuse…!” Language is French.


International Association for multidisciplinary approaches and comparative studies related to Emile Zola and his time, Naturalism, Naturalist writers and artists, and Naturalism and cinema around the world. Language is French and English.


MODIYA Project: The Dreyfus Affair through Postcards
The MODIYA Project is an open source resource for exploring the interrelation between Jews, media and religion as an area of research and teaching. Postcards during the Dreyfus Affair are analyzed and discussed in relation to their cultural significance in France from the time of Dreyfus's conviction until his exoneration. Language is English.


Archives Emile Zola, University of Toronto
Part of the Joseph Sablé Centre for 19th Century French Studies at the University of Toronto, Les Archives Emile Zola is a repository for the documentation of naturalism and the works of Zola. The Archival holdings include Zola's correspondence, works by Zola, works about Zola, journals, periodicals, chronologies and many other documents related to Zola's life and work. Language is French.


Zinman Collection of Canvassing Books, No. 664, University of Pennsylvania
The Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Penn has a canvassing book in its Zinman Collection that was used to sell copies of Dreyfus: The Prisoner of Devil's Island published in 1899. The depiction of a genteel book agent exemplifies the idealized image of canvassers in the 19th-century. Book agents were often assigned areas to "canvass" far removed from the nation's publishing centers, and thus canvassers believed they played an important role in providing the people of these areas with the knowledge, virtue, and happiness contained in books. However, the image of the canvasser as beneficent bearer of knowledge was not one embraced by all. Book canvassers were also seen as a nuisance, pushing inferior products on a less than appreciative public. Here you can read a sales pitch created for this particular book and view images and texts that are samples of the final product.


Papers Concerning the Dreyfus Affair at Harvard University
The finding aid for Manuscript Collection Judaica 1 is published through Harvard University Library's Online Archival Search System. The collection contains correspondence, writings, notes, legal documents, record books, photographs, drawings, and other material relating to the Dreyfus affair, as well as a logbook of the first year of Dreyfus's imprisonment on Devil's Island, 1895-1896. Contains visiting cards, autographs, telegrams, photographs, political cartoons, and drawings. Among the legal documents are contracts, passes, affidavits, regulations, and summons. Correspondents include Alfred Dreyfus, Emile Zola, Georges Duruy, Fernand Labori, Marie Georges Picquart. Contains manuscripts of articles and books by Zola, Leon Bloy, Maurice Barres, and Georges Clemenceau. Also contains notes on the Zola trial by Zola and Labori. Language is English.


Alfred Dreyfus Collection, Johns Hopkins University
The Alfred Dreyfus Collection housed in the Department of Special Collections and Archives, Milton Eisenhower Library, Johns Hopkins University (MS 422), consists of printed and illustrated material documenting the French public's reaction to the Affair. The website, "The Alfred Dreyfus Collection: Drawing on History," includes scanned images from Le Petit Journal, supplement illustré and the Musée des Horreurs, as well as a series of twenty-nine original drawings and sketches documenting the Affair.


Papers of Max James Kohler (1871-1934), American Jewish Historical Society
The papers of Max J. Kohler include some interesting items related to the Dreyfus Affair. According to the finding aid for the collection, "In 1930, Kohler helped 'shed new light' on the [Dreyfus] case.... Kohler obtained transcripts of newly-published documents from the German archives entitled 'Die Grosse Politik der europäischen Kabinette, 1871-1914,' while at the same time a Dr. Bruno Weil was delivering lectures based on the private archives of Count Münster, the German ambassador at Paris during the Dreyfus trial. According to journalist Walter Littlefield, these two publications persuaded the 71-year-old Dreyfus to appear before French officials and demand that French archives regarding his case be opened. Though the government refused, these two documents, along with books on the subject by Jacques Kayser (The Dreyfus Affair) and the work edited by Bernhard Schwertfeger (The Truth about Dreyfus: From the Schwartzkoppen Papers), helped to establish the events that occurred between French and German officials, and the details of how Dreyfus became the scapegoat in French political and military intrigue." Language is English.


The Emile Zola Society, Institut Français de Londres
Founded in 1990, this active group organizes programs, events, conferences and colloquiums around Emile Zola and his life and work. The group publishes a newsletter and holds membership meetings. This website contains transcripts of Zola's J'Accuse…! and Lettre à la Jeunesse, as well as a brief explanation of Zola's involvement in the Dreyfus Affair and a chronology of events. Other topics on the site include Zola and the cinema, Zola and poster art, Zola and the Impressionists, Zola around the world and la maison Emile Zola. Language is French.


The Internet Archive Electronic Book: With Zola in England by Ernest Alfred Vizetelly
This e-book is freely available through the Internet Archive. Ernest Vizetelly gives his first-hand account of Zola's time spent in exile in England. Zola fled France in July 1898 to avoid serving his prison sentence of 12 months. He had been convicted of libel on February 23, 1898 for his editiorials on the Dreyfus Affair, his most famous one being J'Accuse! The book recounts his movements in England and the company he kept. Language is English.