This site connects researchers to primary sources relating to feminism in France. Based in Angers, the center promotes research that draws connections between primary documents in French history and modern-day feminist theory.
The Simone de Beauvoir Audiovisual Center was created in 1982 by Carole Roussopoulos, Delphine Seyrig and Ioana Wieder. These three feminist activists, all three involved in videography, put conservation and creation of audiovisual documents at the heart of their objectives. Their focus was the history of women, their rights, their struggles, and their creations. They also pursue their own work as directors. Closed after ten years of existence, the Center began a new life in 2003, with a new team. From this “first” period of the Centre, there remained not only memories, but also various documents. The current team processed these documents in order to reconstruct the history concerning the years 1982-1993 and to contact the people who had participated in this adventure to ask them to share their memories and testimonies.
The primary mission of the Center is to disseminate, preserve, and enrich the collection of audiovisual documents, mainly made up of videos, relating to the history of women, their struggles, their creations. Disseminating and promoting the collection means first of all ensuring screenings, participating in festivals, meetings. It is also to allow access to a large public to the catalog and to film extracts thanks to a database that can be consulted online and to the reception of researchers who wish to watch films on site at the Center. Finally, it means organizing the rental and sale of films or excerpts.
Preserving means fighting against the effects of time and keeping up with technological developments by transposing documents produced with means that are no longer in use onto permanent media. This part of the work is carried out in conjunction with structures such as the National Library of France and the Forum des Images, in Paris. Continuously add to the catalog by staying in touch with current creation and by integrating new productions whose directors entrust the dissemination and distribution to the Centre. To enrich is also to ensure the capture of various feminist manifestations.
From the Roaring Twenties to the end of the People's Front, explore the period between the two wars in France through the pictures of press agencies present in Gallica. This site offers images on the following topics: Spa Conference of 1920 (Belgium); Jeux olympiques d'Anvers (summer Olympics in Anvers, Belgum); Trial of French serial killer Henri Désiré Landru; the Stavisky Affiar; Léon Blum and the Front populaire; the Spanish Civil War; International Expo of 1937; the US during the the 1930s; the emergence of Hitler; Paul Doumer; Aristide Briand; Paul Painlevé; Raymond Poincaré; Alexandre Millerand; Pierre Laval; Albert Lebrun; Édouard Herriot and Paul Deschanel.
This exibition catalog includes images of 70 posters from the May 1968 student and worker protests. Charles Perussaux prepared the catalog and exhibition, which was held in the Salle Mortreuil of the Bibliothèque nationale, Feb. 17-Mar. 31, 1982. On cover: Révolution essentielle. Bibliography: p.1 gives bibliographic information on each print and divides them into various workshops and subjects some of which address the grievances of women, most of which address injustices due to social class.
Pamphlet published by L’Union Française pour le Suffrage de Femmes, Pourquoi Les Françaises Doivent et Veulent Voter par Pauline Rabour, 1925. From Library of Congress' Manuscript Divison: International Woman Suffrage Alliance, Printed Matter Folder 5 of 9.