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|Creator||France. Ministère des affaires étrangères.|
|Title||France. Ministère des Affaires étrangères : Mémoires et documents|
MG 5 B
|Document source||Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada|
In 1547, secretaries to the King became specialized, writing correspondence to foreign governments, and negotiating peace treaties. The four French secretaries of state where foreign relations were divided by region, in 1589, became centralized with one becoming first secretary responsible for international relations. The Ancien Régime position of Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs became Foreign Minister around 1723, and was renamed "Minister of Foreign Affairs" in 1791 after the French Revolution. All ministerial positions were abolished in 1794 by the National Convention and re-established with the Directory. The collection from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France contains documents exchanged between the French government and its representatives abroad.
This collection is composed of 1) memoirs written in the offices of the Department for the purpose of service, 2) documents relating to the internal administration of France, 3) pleadings and documents of all kinds as representatives of France 4) documents acquired at various times by the deposit of Foreign Affairs. In particular, it contains letters and memoirs of colonial and metropolitan authorities, royal documents, papers of negotiations, treaties, newspaper campaigns, voyages and discoveries, plans of conquest, battles, articles of capitulation, actions taken toward possession of territories, expenditure statements, extracts from newspapers and orders of the stewards.