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DocAsie Seminar

The Archival City – Chiang-Mai team participates in the DocAsie annual seminar. The theme of the 2021 seminar is the development and funding of Asian collections.
Nathalie Lancret, Pijika Pumketkao and Pascal Fort will present their work with a presentation entitled : Archival city, Documenter la ville ordinaire de l’Asie du Sud-est : Etude de cas de Chiang Mai.

link to the program and online registration

The Philibert collection at the municipal library of Toulon: understanding the value of a heterogenous body of items

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 Maghreb1. 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 architecture2.

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  1. See a very synthetic presentation on the Toulon municipal library website ( I would like to thank all the workers of the Lagoubran annex and especially Véronique Gillain for the reception and the presentation of Philibert papers []
  2. OULEBSIR Nabila, Les usages du patrimoine. Monuments, musées et politique coloniale en Algérie (1830 – 1930), Paris, Éditions de la MSH, 2004, 411 p., p. 240 – 247 ; HUEBER Juliette, « Documenter le patrimoine et l’architecture d’Alger : les Feuillets d’El-Djezaïr », Architecture Beyond Europe, 13, 2018 [online] ; on the erosion of the CVA activities after independance, have a look to BRACCO Hélène, L’autre face des « Européens » en Algérie indépendante, Paris, Éditions Paris-Méditerranée, « Documents et témoignages », 1999, 223 p., p. 115 : « Même après l’indépendance, au cercle des amis du vieil Alger, on aurait aimé avoir des familles algériennes. Il y en a qui viennent à nos réunions, nos conférences, mais à peine une ou deux » (testimony of Miss Ch., borned in 1933). On the intellectual environment of Algiers university, see L’orientalisme en train de se faire. Une enquête collective dans les archives de René Basset, forthcoming at the EHESS Editions at spring 2021 (coordinated by M. Bossaert, A. Jomier and E. Szurek, with contributions from students, archivists and a librarian) and Margo Stemmelin current PhD (« Alger, capitale orientaliste ? Vie intellectuelle et culturelle en Algérie coloniale (1880 – 1930) », started in 2018). []

Algiers’ banking institutions: the example of the BNP Paribas archives

            Banking centres in cities, and especially colonial cities, have only very recently and tentatively been the subject of in-depth historical research[1]. 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[2].

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Progress in archival descriptions

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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The Importance of Administrative Directories as a Guide to Sources for the History of Grand Paris: The Example of 1885

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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Archives and the history of urban pollution: framework elements

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[1], followed by the defence of Geneviève Massard-Guilbaud[2]‘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[3]. In the English-speaking world, the work of historians Martin Melosi[4] and Joel Tarr[5] on pollution goes back to the 1990s, the time of classic works such as [6] The Search for the Ultimate Sink and The Sanitary City[7]

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A new doctoral seminar on street archives

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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Video recording of the seminar « Inventer le Grand Paris »

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.

Workshop « Actualité de la recherche sur les mondes coloniaux »

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

Back to the sources : archival research and research archives

Monday 6 July 2020, 14h-18h (13h-17h in France): transversal seminar CRFJ – ARCHIVAL-CITY

[ remotely accessible via zoom: find the link on ]

Whether you are a historian, archaeologist, sociologist, philolgist or epigraphist, you are all dealing with « archives », in the broad – and sometimes loose – sense of the term: those that you strip, those that you manage, those that you produce. The aim of this seminar is to cross-reference approaches and questions around a type of document that constitutes a primary source for some, a secondary source for others, with particular emphasis on the methodological issues of this delicate « return to sources ». With what questions should we approach these collections? How to exploit the archives of administrations and institutions, how to deal with the heterogeneous collections of scholars or researchers? Which archives generate our disciplines? What vision – or illusion – do they produce, particularly in relation to the artefacts and other material traces they study or document? How can they be valued, interconnected and made more accessible?

Introduction, Vincent Lemire (Director of the CRFJ)
14h00 – 14h15

Session 1: Archival Research
14:15 – 16:00

  • Vincent Lemire (CRFJ): « From OPEN-JERUSALEM to ARCHIVAL-CITY: opening and connecting urban archives ».
  • Chloé Rosner (Sciences-Po): « Archives and history of Israeli archaeology: feedback ».
  • Michaël Langlois (CRFJ): « Identifying and editing ancient archives: the cases of Qumran and Marésha ».

Discussant: Yann Potin (National Archives; Université Paris-Nord)

  • 16h00 – 16h15: Coffee break

Session 2: Research Archives
16:15 – 18:00

  • Julien Vieugué (CRFJ): « Digging the soil, stripping the archives: the archaeologist facing his deposits ».
  • Estelle Ingrand-Varenne (CRFJ): « Stone archives and paper archives: the epigraphist facing his footprints ».
  • Yann Potin (A.N.; Université Paris-Nord): « Research in the mirror of « its » archives: a challenge of indiscipline(s)? »

Discussant: Yoann Morvan (CRFJ)