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The study of the loan registers of the Royal Library of Paris helps us to understand the use of the library and manuscripts in the 18th century, leading to a history of institutional trust and the library as archive.


Emmanuelle Chapron is Professor of Modern History at Aix-Marseille Université and Ecole pratique des hautes études, Paris. She is a specialist of the history of the book and libraries as well as history of scholarship in early modern times, in France and Italy. Among her publications are: Ad utilità pubblica : politique des bibliothèques et pratiques du livre à Florence au XVIIIe siècle (Geneva, 2008) and Livres d’école et littérature de jeunesse en France au XVIIIe siècle (Liverpool, 2021). She is the curator of the digital edition of the letters and papers of Jean Jean-François Séguier (1704-1783). She is currently working in archives in libraries from the 17th century onwards.

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