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|Creator||France. Archives nationales.|
|Title||France. Fonds des Archives nationales. Série T. Papiers privés tombés dans le domaine public|
MG 3 IT
|Document source||Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada|
The Archives nationales (French for "National Archives") preserve the national archives of the French state, apart from the archives of the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as these two ministries have their own archive services. The Archives nationales were created at the time of the French Revolution in 1790, but it was a state decree of 1794 that made it mandatory to centralize all the pre-French Revolution private and public archives seized by the revolutionaries, completed by a law passed in 1796 which created departmental archives of France to alleviate the burden on the Archives nationales in Paris, thus creating the collections of the Archives nationales as we know them today.
This collection includes, among others, papers sequestered during the French Revolution in the department of Seine and belonging either to individuals (migrants or prisoners) or secular corporations. Documents include the letters of Mother Marie-Andrée Regnard Du Plessis of St. Helena of the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec to a friend named Ms. Hecquet La Cloche, and two letters of the latter from 1718 to 1758. This correspondence was published by Father Hospice Verreau in the "Canadian Journal" of 1875.