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European Society of Culture visits the HAEU

Posted on 29 July 2020

Visite SEC Juillet 2020On Friday, July 17, 2020, the HAEU received the visit of the Secretary-General of the European Society of Culture, Cosima Campagnolo, together with the President of the French Center of the European Society of Culture and Co-director of the Department of Economics at the Université d'Angers, Michèle Favreau, as well as the French jurist and professor in Public Finances at the Université d'Angers (Faculté de droit, d'économie et de gestion), Antony Taillefait. 

Back in 2015, the European Society of Culture deposited its archives at the HAEU under the terms of a deposit contract signed between the then president of the European Society of Culture (and of its Administrative Board), Umberto Margiotta, and the director of the HAEU, Dieter Schlenker. The archives consist of approximately 139 linear meters of paper files, enriched by photos and audio recordings, and are currently treated by HAEU archivists. Last week’s visit at the HAEU was an occasion for the representatives of the European Society of Culture to discover the Villa Salviati premises and to discuss the advancement of the archival processing with a view of organizing the opening of the archives in 2021 to the academic community and the general public. 

The archives of the European Society of Culture illustrate its development from its post-WWII establishment in 1950 under the initiative of the Italian philosopher and jurist Umberto Campagnolo and with the support of other personalities of the European cultural society. The material includes the minutes of the Society’s General Assembly and Executive Council and the correspondence files with more than 3,000 members. Furthermore, the archives include numerous conference proceedings; draft issues of the journal 'Comprendre', and writings of the Society’s founder Umberto Campagnolo. The fonds preserved at the HAEU has been allocated the code “SEC” and it is envisaged to make available the archives to the public in spring 2021.