Since 1973, the city of Toulon has held a collection of documents and other items of exceptional richness for historians writing about the history of Algiers and, to a lesser extent, Algeria itself and even other parts of the Maghreb. The purchase of these documents by Marcel Philibert, the last chairman of the Comité du Vieil Alger (Committee for Old Algiers, or CVA), involved more than 21,000 items of all kinds. This committee, which was very active from its foundation in 1905 to the independence of Algeria and which feverishly maintains itself as a European social network in Algeria thereafter, is better known thanks to the work of historians of heritage and architecture.
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Banking centres in cities, and especially colonial cities, have only very recently and tentatively been the subject of in-depth historical research. In terms of the importance of both banks and the companies in which they are shareholders in the urban space, the field of historiographic possibilities is vast. Moreover, clearly re-situating and measuring urban investment in banks and their relationships with other figures (elected officials, owners and other, diverse notables) in colonial cities has been made possible by a recent crop of monographs on a range of institutions and figures.
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The Croissance growth phase, into which the Archival City project moved in late 2020, will allow the archival inventory coordination site to continue the work of identifying pertinent archives for each of the seven areas of study, their description according to current standards, publication and recognition for the next two years.
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Digitised, but not yet available online, the administrative directories of Paris and the département of the Seine held at the Archives de Paris, cover the period 1883-1980. As Elsa Camus’ research for Archival City has shown, using the complementary funds of the Library of the Hôtel de Ville we can go back to the days before, the Third Republic as two directories are referenced there for the years 1844 and 1850, plus a third for the year 1880. The first directory in the digitised collection, for 1883, is of limited interest for research into the history of Grand Paris (greater Paris). It contains only 83 pages and merely lists the main workers at the prefecture, without mentioning names, remits or addresses. The first truly useful directory for our research is the one published in 1885 by the Préfecture de la Seine and printed at the municipal printworks (document 1). The publication should be closely associated with the development of the Paris administration, under the auspices of prefect Eugène Poubelle (1883-1896). In fact, under his mandate the administrative directory was published regularly, under the title Personnel et attributions des services de la préfecture du département de la Seine et de la Ville de Paris (Personnel and their Remits of the Departments of the Prefecture of the Département of the Seine and the City of Paris).
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Why choose this subject? There is barely anything original in holding a workshop around the theme of pollution in 2020, the subject has been on the environmental history agenda for several decades now. In France, the publication in 2002 of the outcome of the Clermont-Ferrand symposium on pollution in urban and industrial societies, followed by the defence of Geneviève Massard-Guilbaud‘s research, is a good indicator of historians’ interest in a social history of pollution in the industrial age, an interest which had already produced isolated initiatives here and there, mainly focused on city-dwellers’ sensitivity to disturbance expressed through petitions, letters and 19th century investigation files. In the English-speaking world, the work of historians Martin Melosi and Joel Tarr on pollution goes back to the 1990s, the time of classic works such as  The Search for the Ultimate Sink and The Sanitary City
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Archival City is recruiting an archival intern to carry out research at the Archives de Paris and the archive services of Greater Paris.
The work of Seine 54 on the shantytown of Nanterre led to a first publication in ISPRS Annals of Photogrammetry
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Pijika Pumketkao takes part in the Future Days. She will speak in the workshop « Mettre en récit la ville ». Her presentation « Documenting the Ordinary Cities in South East Asia. A Case Study of Chiang Mai (Thailand) » will take place on Wednesday 2 December.
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On Friday 20 November a new Core-Team meeting was held. This session provided an opportunity to discuss the numerous meetings between archivist Elsa Camus and the local teams in Quito and Chiang Mai on the description and standardisation of data resulting from the work of researchers.
Several seminars will be organised at the end of the year and at the beginning of 2021.
The Archival City team has also decided to open a new line of research around urban pollution archives, following the previous seminar.
Seminar cancelled and rescheduled at a later date
Archival City and the group Usages de l’Histoire et devenirs urbains from the Labex Futurs Urbains are co-organizing a seminar entitled « Archives de la rue. Autour de la constitution de corpus d’études sur la voirie » with Paul Lesieur (PhD student in contemporary history, ACP – UGE) and Louis Baldasseroni (Maître de conférence in contemporary history, University of Nîmes).
The seminar will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 4-6 pm, at the University Gustave Eiffel, Bois de l’Etang, Building C, room C 219.
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The Archival City team working on the Grand Paris was present at the seminar « Inventer le Grand Paris », on Thursday, September 17, 2020.
Presentations and debates were recorded.
The first part is an introduction by Loic Vadelorge presenting the Archival City project and the issues specific to the field of Grand Paris.
The second part is a presentation of the Seine 54 project by Frédéric Moret, Paul Lecat and Emile Blettery.
Finally, Loic Vadelorge, Renaud Fuchs, Elsa Camus, Emmanuel Bellanger, Paul Lesieur presented the first progress of the administrative directories project.
Thierry Guillopé (Archival City) is co-organizing a workshop on current research on colonial worlds. The next session will be held on Monday, October 12, 2020, 10:00-12:00, at the ANOM.
Session led by Christine Mussard (Aix-Marseille University/Iremam) on the theme: « Suspecter les élèves pendant la guerre d’indépendance algérienne : un autre regard sur l’école à partir d’archives sur la surveillance des populations »
Image credit : © Fonds Désiré Sic, militaire français au Maroc entre 1912 et 1933
On Friday, September 25th, the Archival City Core Team met on Zoom to discuss the progress and perspectives of the project.
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The research group Inventer le Grand Paris organizes, on Thursday, September 17, 2020 between 14h and 17h, a seminar around the work of Archival City on the Parisian metropolis.
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