Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication, will visit the French National Archives in Aix-en-Provence on Friday, July 8, 2011.

Minister to launch new portal to access digitized documents
created on the occasion of the Year of the Overseas *. With this new portal, the
The French National Archives are pursuing a dynamic policy of
digital exploitation of their archival holdings.

The mission of the French National Archives is to preserve
archives relating to the French colonial presence overseas».
Rich in thousands of historical archives, including the Toussaint-
Louverture, correspondence received from intendants and governors
colonies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, or the magnificent
maps and plans from the 17th to the 19th century, the collections preserved in Aix-en-
Provence covers three centuries of history and geographical areas

The Ministry of Culture and Communication is particularly
that all documents related to slavery put up for sale, and
especially the plantation archives, integrate the public collections.
The French National Archives allow 120,000 visitors
works, a collection of 150,000 often rare photographs, nearly
65,000 maps and plans complete this set.

French and foreign researchers find a
exceptional heritage covering a particularly geographical area
extensive (North America, West Indies-Guyana, Black Africa, Algeria, Asia, Islands
of the Indian Ocean, Madagascar, Polynesia, New Caledonia) where all
areas of colonial history are represented, including that of the
colonial prisons.

Through its presence at the French National Archives, the first of a
Minister of Culture and Communication since their inauguration,
Frédéric Mitterrand intends to express his particular interest in
the history of the ultramarine, as well as the mission and influence of
archives centres.