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Mundaneum--Archives of the French Community


Photos 05125139.JPGThe Mundaneum, otherwise known by the term "Paper Internet", contains vast collections such as the International Press Museum, the Universal Iconographic Repertory (posters, postcards, glass plates, photographs), the Universal Documentation Repertory, the papers of Henri La Fontaine and Paul Otlet, feminist and anarchist collections, and the archives of the Friends of the World Palace. It contains in all some 6 km/4 miles of documents. The Mundaneum also boasts a venue for temporary exhibitions. Contact: Delphine Jenart.
The Mundaneum includes the Mundaweb which consists of a user-friendly Internet area and an Internet training area, the creation of Web pages, computer initiation, and introduction to the Windows environment. Contact: Raphaëlle Cornille and David Urban.
Built in the 1930s by the architect Vleugels, the building was designed in an Art Deco style. It was reorganized to suit its new functions in 1988. At the outset, there was a cooperative and its bakery, called the Independence, in the space of the present Mundaneum. The mundaneum is an archival centre containing documentary collections such as press, posters, postcards and glass plates. The Mundaneum's originality lies in the conservation of archival collections associated with the movements based on pacifist and socialist ideas, designed to lead our society to a truly democratic praxis. At the turn of the 20th century, these ideas evolved towards feminism, anarchism, and conscientious objection.
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