For the past fifteen years or so, MSH has been conducting scientific and methodological reflection on the data and materials collected by researchers during a research project or throughout their careers. Composed of materials collected (duplicated, or existing elsewhere and produced by administrative, statistical, social, political logics) or produced by research (unpublished data elaborated by the researcher), these archives form a more or less coherent entity, not always classified or even ordered, which must be made intelligible.
The so-called personal archives contain manuscripts, correspondence, and the scientist's reading notes.
These collections, often heterogeneous, allow us to put the researcher's intellectual approach into perspective, but also, through certain collections, to retrace the evolution and construction of a discipline.
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