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The Paris Commune of 1871 and the Bibliothèque Nationale

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Title: The Paris Commune of 1871 and the Bibliothèque Nationale
Author(s): Greenberg, Gerald S.
Subject(s): Libraries and society Bibliothèque Nationale
Abstract: During the Paris Commune of 1871, communards assumed responsibility for administration of the Bibliothèque Nationale. On April 1 the Commune appointed Citizen Jules Vincent the library’s supervisor. Three weeks later, the Commune dismissed Vincent when it discovered that he had embezzled 10,000 francs that had been allocated to meet library expenses. Vincent’s behavior had immense consequences for the Commune. This article will examine how Versailles attempted to portray Vincent’s action as symbolic of communard deceit; how it became virtually impossible for the Commune to regain the trust of library managers and employees; and how Elie Reclus, a widely respected humanitarian and academic, was faced with the challenging task of managing the library and protecting its collection during the final five weeks of the Commune’s existence.
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In Library Trends 55 (3) Winter 2007: 442–453.
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/3704
ISSN: 0024-2594
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright 2007 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2008-02-28
 

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