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Françoise Le Guet Tully and Jean Davoigneau, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, Nice

French provincial observatories and their scientific archives'

Unlike the Paris-Meudon observatory, provincial observatories do not have a specialised staff for keeping and safe-guarding their historical archives.  In the mid 1990s we launched a national inventory of the astronomical heritage.  An indirect consequence of this has been to focus interest on archival material which documents the instruments, the buildings and other items. As a result, in most of the inventoried astronomical sites initiatives have been taken in order to try and set up real archival policies. We shall describe the different attempts, assess the results achieved until now and discuss the future of these scientific archives.




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