When 18th-century booksellers and publishers in France planned to publish a new title, it was not uncommon for them to request in prospectuses or advertisements for the proposed work that subscribers mail their subscription fee to a notary, who acted as an agent for the bookseller or publisher.
Many of these notaries aren’t listed in standard bibliographies or in lists of authorized name headings that we commonly use when making catalog records. But I still wanted to include the names of these notaries in our records to make them accessible to researchers. In my efforts to find a helpful reference resource, I stumbled upon ETANOT (ETAt des NOTaires de Paris). Compiled by the Centre historique des Archives nationales, ETANOT is a database containing biographical and professional information on more than 3,000 notaries operating in Paris from the 15th to the mid-19thcentury. In addition to full-text searching, you can browse by name, neighborhood, street name, and time period.