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COLLECTION Identifier: 014504871

Charlie Archive Collection at the Harvard Library

Collection of artwork, posters, digital images, digital moving image formats, archived Web sites, and books representing perspectives and responses to the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery store in Paris in January 2015.

Dates

  • 2015-

Language of Materials

Collection materials are primarily in French, English and Arabic.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Portions of this collection are shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice from the Western Languages Division, Widener Library: wld@fas.harvard.edu.

Conditions Governing Use

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Copyright: Various types of copyright apply to the material in this finding aid.

All concerned content with a deed of gift: Copyright: The President and Fellows of Harvard College.

All concerned content with a license agreement: The President and Fellows of Harvard College have a Creative Commons (CC) license to distribute and disseminate the concerned content for strictly non-commercial purposes.

All content, except for materials with a deed of gift: The President and Fellows of Harvard College make no representation that they are the owner of the copyright; anyone wishing to make use of an image must therefore assume all responsibility for clearing reproduction rights and for any infringement of Title 17 of the United States Copyright Code.

Extent

1 collection (1 linear foot (1 box); digital images, digital videos, websites, and audiovisual media.)

Collection of artwork, posters, digital images, digital moving image formats, books, archived Web sites and a few miscellaneous items that represent the diverse perspectives and responses to the attacks of January 7, 8, and 9 in 2015 in France against Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in Paris. It documents a peculiar moment in the early twenty-first century, when the word “Charlie” all of a sudden took on tragic significance, and became charged with conflicting emotions, opinions, and agendas.

Biographical / Historical

Charlie Hebdo is a weekly French satirical magazine that features cartoons, reports, controversial debates, and jokes that are strongly non-conformist. It was originally a companion publication to Hara-Kiri in the 1970s and then ceased publication in 1981. Charlie Hebdo was resurrected in 1992 and is currently in publication.

The attacks of January 7, 8, and 9 2015 against Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in Paris sparked a vigorous debate about fundamental political and ethical issues such as freedom of expression; the relation between state, religion and society; respect for other beliefs and perspectives; inequality; and the disenfranchisement of individuals and communities. Participants in this debate represent a wide range of political positions and social backgrounds. Though the events and subsequent protests were concentrated in France, extensive media coverage drew global attention. “Je suis Charlie” or “Je ne suis pas Charlie” became international expressions of adhesion to or distance from the stance attributed to Charlie Hebdo with regard to religion in general and to Islam in particular.

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:
  1. I. Ephemera
  2. I. A. Artwork
  3. I. B. Posters
  4. I. C. Clippings
  5. I. D. Miscellaneous
  6. II. Publications
  7. III. Digital images
  8. IV. Digital Videos
  9. IV. A. Faculty Oral History Project and Donor Digital Videos
  10. IV. B. Student Oral History Project Digital Videos
  11. V. Archived Web Sites
  12. VI. Audiovisual materials

Special Equipment Required for Access:

Some audiovisual materials may require special equipment or surrogate; consult Western Languages Division, Widener Library: wld@fas.harvard.edu.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received by various donors on various dates, primarily in 2015.

Related Materials

There is related material in Harvard Library's general collection; search Hollis with the Charlie Archive Collection at Harvard Library as an author.

General note

Most of this collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository, please contact the Western Languages Division for access via email: wld@fas.harvard.edu. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Finding aid produced by: Alison Harris
Link to catalog
Title
Harvard Library. Charlie Archive Collection at the Harvard Library, 2015- : Guide.
Author
Widener Library, Harvard College Library
Description rules
dacs
EAD ID
wid00006

Repository Details

Part of the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University Repository

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