Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Useful to note

Tuesday, 1 March 2011 02:04
montagnarde1793: (FdlÊS)

You know the polemic about the Duplays' house and whether or not any part of it was still standing in 1895 between Ernest Hamel and Victorien Sardou? Apparently - unless more recent evidence I've not seen contradicts this - Hamel was globally right. The archivist Ernest Coyecque found a document unknown to either of our polemicists in 1899 which seems to settle the question in favor of Hamel. You can read about it here, in the minutes of the Commission municipale du Vieux Paris. If anyone wants me to translate, I will.

In the meantime I'll be looking around for a full copy of the document in question - it seems like the kind of thing that ought to have been published in the AHRF, but who knows. I may also eventually scan and post Sardou and Hamel's plans for comparative purposes, but that won't be until July at the earliest, since I have neither their books on the subject nor a scanner here with me.

In other news, I was unaware until recently that the complete contents the dossier Le Bas in the Archives nationales (ie Le Bas's correspondance with Élisabeth and with his father) had been published, but this is indeed the case. Thanks to good old Buchez and Roux and their Histoire parlementaire de la Révolution française. You can find this wonderful resource here. I fully intend to translate all the letters not included in TOBALB, never fear. I also recently discovered, thanks to that new joint biography of Le Bas and Augustin Robespierre, that the dossier Le Bas does not actually contain all of Le Bas's correspondance and that for his letters to his siblings one must go to the departmental archives of Pas-de-Calais, something that I'm also going to try to do in the relatively near future.

(Speaking of discoveries and archives, did you know it's easier to get into the archives here than certain libraries? The main - and rather shocking - example being that if I want to go to the Archives nationales, I can go any time they're open with only a photo ID, obtain a reader's card and request whatever documents I like, whereas if I want to go to the Bibliothèque nationale, because I'm not yet a graduate student, I not only need a note from a professor, but a note that says exactly what I want to look at, for what purpose, and for how long. I understand that they would do this at the Archives nationales too if they could, but that they're required by law to let people in. Now there is a law I can get behind - and not only, obviously, for my own convenience...)

Also: I went to the Musée de la Révolution française in Vizille on Friday. It was awesome and epic and if anyone wants postcards, let me know; I have three: Liberty, the Republic, and Deseine's bust of Robespierre (though if you don't that's okay too; I'm seriously tempted to keep them for decorative purposes XD).

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