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Access to Archives

By Charles Kecskeméti and Iván Székely

Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 2005, 104 pp., € 13/USD 20, ISBN 92-871-5782-0 (English)

The Department of Culture and Cultural Heritage of the Council of Europe issued a new publication this year entitled Access to Archives representing a handbook of guidelines for the implementation of Recommendation No. R (2000) 13 on a European policy on access to archives. Supported by the Open Society Archives, it represents the result of a four-year survey launched with national archival authorities, as well as academic users and non governmenal organizations from the 48 signatory states of the European Cultural Convention of the Council of Europe.

The publication is divided into five chapters dedicated to the background information, recommended principles (ethical, procedural, technical), main findings of the survey, general guidelines for implementing the principles, and guidelines for the implementation of the recommendation. It is intended for policy makers, administrators, researchers and others interested in the issue of access to archives in Europe.

For more information, please contact: Mr. Domenico Ronconi, Head of the Cultural Action Division, Culture and Cultural Heritage Department, Directorate of Education, Culture and Sport, Council of Europe, F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex, France; tel.: +33 (0)3 8841 2635; fax: +33 (0)3 8841 3782; e-mail: domenico.ronconi@coe.fr