The videodisk " Pictures of the French Revolution " : methodological description and first assessment

The Bibliothèque nationale, which wanted to give an easy and efficient access to its collections about French Revolution from 1787 to 1799, has chosen the analog videodisk. Each stage of the process is described, from the selection of documents to tenders for the software and the pictures transfer, going through cataloging, indexing and a photographic campaign. Reasons for choice and rejection are given. In spite of favourable circumstances, an important investment in advertising and prices close to the cost price, the commercial success of this operation was low. An assessment of success and failures of this videodisk is drawn up at the end of this article.