The Story of a French Life-Writing Archive: "Association pour l'Autobiographie et le Patrimoine Autobiographique"

  • Philippe Lejeune
Keywords: France, archive, qualitative data, reading, history, sociology


In 1992 and in a small town, Ambérieu-en-Bugey (France), some friends and I founded a new sort of life-writing archive, accepting from unknown persons any autobiographical items (narratives, diaries, letters), reading and indexing them, and opening them to any interested reader or researcher (among them sociologists, but mainly historians). This data are described both in a biennial printed catalog, the Garde-mémoire, and on the Association pour l'Autobiographie (APA) website. Nearly 3000 texts have been so far collected, read and offered to any form of social science study.



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Author Biography

Philippe Lejeune

Philippe LEJEUNE has taught French literature at Université Paris-Nord from 1972 to 2004. His work is devoted to autobiography ("Le Pacte autobiographique," 1975) and the diary ("Un journal à soi. Histoire d'une pratique," with Catherine BOGAERT, 2003).

How to Cite
Lejeune, P. (2011). The Story of a French Life-Writing Archive: "Association pour l’Autobiographie et le Patrimoine Autobiographique". Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 12(3).
Archival and Biographical Research Projects (and Initiatives) in Six European Countries