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Éric-de-Dampierre Library





The Bibliothèque Éric-de-Dampierre (named after the founder of the lab) holds book and periodical collections reflecting the laboratory’s comparative and transcultural vision. The main collection is supplemented by around twenty personal libraries from researchers and associations, in part made up of rare and ancient books and grey literature brought back from the field. Books are indexed in the online catalogue, which contains over 34,000 records, most of them enriched by metadata and summaries.



The library co-founded the Ethnology Network, and is implementing this network’s catalogue, which, as of 30/06/12, contains 180,000 records.




At the same time, the library preserves and provides access to anthropological archives produced by some of the French ethnologists from 1930 to 1990. Archive collections and the publications they inspired are gathered together in order to enable a renewed, comprehensive approach to ethnology and its history.


Methodological research has been developed around the questions of the use, the re-use, and the “return” of field materials. Since 1999, the LESC and its library have regularly organised international seminars on such scientific and ethical issues, including the conference “L’ethnologue aux prises avec les archives” published online.



Mis à jour le 6 July 2012



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