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Radio and television

The world of radio and television through books, screenplays, archives of personalities, etc.
Materials on the following are available for consultation at the Richelieu Library (Site Richelieu) and the François Mitterrand Library (Site François-Mitterrand):
  • the history of radio and television
  • the sociology of radio and television 
  • the psychology of viewers/listeners 
  • technical aspects of the field 
  • legal issues in the world of television and radio
Also available for consultation are professional radio and television journals such as Broadcast Engineering, Satellite TV Magazine, and Television Business International, as well as scientific journals such as Les Cahiers d’histoire de la radiodiffusion.

Around 30,000 typescripts of radio and television fiction (radio plays, dramas, TV series, etc.), and, to a lesser extent, broadcast documentaries, are held at the Richelieu Library. These collections were donated by the Society of Drama Authors and Composers (Société des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques/SACD), the French Office for Radio and Television (Office de radio et télévision française/ORTF), and Radio France. Typescripts date from the origins of radio (1924) to the present day; for television, they date from the 1960s to the present day.

A large number of collections of press cuttings on productions and personalities covering the period from the 1960s to the 1980s can also be consulted at the Richelieu Library.

Collections held at this site also include archive collections of authors (Georges-Marie Bernanose, Georges Godebert, Marcelle-Maurette, Pierre Dac, etc.), directors (Claude Santelli, Jean-Christophe Averty, etc.), set designers (e.g. Alain Nègre), and critics (e.g. Jean Thévenot). They also include the collection of Maurice Vinot (1882-1969), known as Gabriel Germinet, a pioneer of French broadcasting and radio plays.


Also available for consultation in the Research library at the François Mitterrand Library are the collections of the Inathèque de France, obtained under the radio and television legal deposit scheme.

Friday, December 16, 2016

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