Creation and online publication of a historic thesaurus of France under the Ancien Régime (2016…)

Project coordinated by the Institut de recherche de musicologie (IReMus – UMR 8223 du CNRS) in collaboration with the Centre de recherche du château de Versailles.

Our objective is to create and subsequently make available to the social and human sciences community a thesaurus of France under the Ancien Régime.

This thesaurus is established from the indexations of the digital edition of articles relating to the musical life and performances from the Mercure galant programme run by the IReMus institute, led by Anne Piéjus, and the indexes from the biographical database of the Centre de recherche du château de Versailles as well as the research conducted there.

This thesaurus, which offers the first synoptic overview of France under the Ancien Régime, organises the concepts into three main categories:

  • names;
  • institutions, corporations and companies;
  • places.

In order to create a dialogue with ongoing and upcoming projects, names are aligned with VIAF, ISNI and data.bnf, and places with and Des villages de Cassini aux communes d’aujourd’hui.

The IReMus is also developing a specific historic cartography module that allows the user to visualise places on a historical or modern base map, according to their preference.


  • Nathalie Berton-Blivet, research engineer (CNRS - IReMus);
  • Thomas Bottini, engineer in charge of conceptual modeling, technical coordination and software development (CNRS - IReMus, since 2019);
  • Isabelle Pluvieux, responsible for databases (Centre de recherche du château de Versailles, since 2018).
  • Trainee Centre de recherche du château de Versailles (2022) : Maëva Tarantini.
  • Trainees IReMus, programme Mercure galant (2021): Jeanne Fresné, Marianna Giffey, Daniela Matrain.
  • Marie Carlin, digital project manager (Centre de recherche of the château de Versailles - 2016-2017);
  • Thomas Soury, postdoctoral researcher (LabEx OBVIL: Observatoire de la vie littéraire - 2016-2017).
Website produced with the support of:
Château de Versailles
Conseil général des Yvelines