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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #270 - history, A visit to the shelves of the Libertarian Communist Archives Fund by AL Montreuil (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:01:29 +0200

[Photos] The inauguration of the FACL, Sunday, January 29, met a nice little success, attracting nearly 75 people from all over France: veterans, militants and historians. ---- An archival box extracted at random from a linear, numbered "UGAC 3.1.2". Under the curious glances of the group rushing between the shelves, in the light of the neon lights, the contents are briefly reviewed: leaflets, newspapers, private correspondence, manifestos ... a pretty stack of yellowed paper, The activity of the Union of Communist Anarchist Groups (Ugac) during the period 1962-1965, when the French revolutionaries who had supported independence helped "new Algeria" to build socialist self-government. ---- From another box, a few audiovisual documents are extracted: videos and photos, but also a vinyl with a speech by the FCL (1956), the official stamp of the Carrara congress (1968) or a flag of the Communist Anarchist Federation Of Occitanie (1971) ... Souvenirs and corner smiles in the audience.

This is a small sample of archival libertarian communists Fund (FACL) kept in the basement of the Living History Museum (MHV) , in Montreuil, between - your choice - matches Louise Michel, a collection of social War or of Humanity, a vast legacy of Communist leader Jacques Duclos and some busts of famous communards. But it's already time to leave. The next group is waiting for their tour for the guided tour.

Find out more about the FACL.
Representatives of other political currents

The inauguration of the FACL, Sunday, January 29, met a nice little success, attracting nearly 75 people from all over France: heads and young militants, veterans of the movement, historian, members of the association MHV or delegates to the Federal Coordination of AL held the day before. Several representatives of other political movements - FA, OCL, CGA, NPA, OCML-VP - had also made the trip to discover how Alternative libertarian had led this project.

The program of the morning was full. First of all, speeches by Frédéric Genevée (President of the Association for Living History), Véronique Fau-Vincenti (Scientific Director) and Guillaume Davranche (FACL) explain the project.

See FACL page on the website of the Living History Museum
Then, he moved to the auteur cinema, with a rare film from the UTCL in 1982, when FR3 - public service magic - produced and broadcast 15 minutes (!) Spots for organizations that requested it. In this Open Forum, our comrades Patrice Spadoni, Thierry Renard, Marco Sazzetti Clotilde Maillard and Georges Fontenis explain to viewers why nothing should expect government PS-PCF, and only the collective struggles would carry a radical change.

Finally, in a rather playful exercise, Theo Rival presented the collection of posters of the FACL - almost 200, for the time not sorted - commenting live some of the most historical. A buffet, prepared by the MHV, the group AL Montreuil and the brewery La Montreuilloise closed the whole.

Donations will continue

Needless to say, some visitors, arriving with boxes of archives and rolls of posters under the arm, took the opportunity to make their own donation. Others have promised to return with treasures. An enthusiast offered to help with the ranking. Some wondered about the possibility of digitizing old movies from the 1970s. The OCL is thinking about the material it could entrust to the FACL.

In short, given all that has been announced, it can reasonably be expected that the donations will continue during 2017-2018, and that the fund could reach 200 boxes before stabilizing. It will then be time to consider a program to digitize certain newspapers, posters, etc. Already, the museum plans to use some documents FACL to its exposure to the centenary in 2017.

Guillaume Davranche (AL Montreuil)

Photos: Sébastien / AL Paris north-east

FACL: instructions for use

The consultation of the archives is free of charge;
she did during the opening hours of the Living History Museum;
It requires a prior appointment, by writing to vfau[@]museehistoirevivante.fr or by phoning or;
The cartons requested (see the inventory) are brought to you in the consultation room;
If you wish to consult boxes requiring prior authorization from the applicant, first write to archive[@]alternativelibertaire.org to request it.

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