Archives, Museums, and Libraries

Authored by: Martine Poulain

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Fourth Edition

Print publication date:  November  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781466552593
eBook ISBN: 9781315116143
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There are many similarities in the history and the evolution of contemporary French archives, museums, and libraries. All three have their roots in the Ancien Régime, but it was the Revolution that imposed their administrative structure. Over the centuries, all three have evoked similar questions and have been the subject of identical political and intellectual debates. At the end of the twentieth and the beginning of the twenty-first century, all three have finally become the object of ambitious public policies. Last, all three are today confronted with profound transformations—often experienced at a dizzying pace of change.

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