Donations to the Foundation’s library

Entrust your collections and archives to the FMSH

With its library, the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme is in a position to receive donations or legacies of books and archives. Each year, the collections of the FMSH library increase by about 5,000 monograph titles, and nearly half of these come from occasional or regular donations from French and foreign institutions and scholars.

Donation of books and journals

In 2012, a protocol was adopted to govern the selection and processing of donations. The library and the donor work together to assess the nature of the donation, its scientific importance and its size in order to determine how best to process it.

Today, the library contains the personal collections of some forty scholars, including those of Pierre Bourdieu, Werner Ackermann, François Balmès, Mattei Dogan, Charles Morazé and Yves Pélicier.

Donation of archives

The institutional archives, managed by the library, will be enriched by those of researchers or institutions connected with research in the social sciences and humanities, particularly those in disciplines and/or fields of research included in the library’s acquisitions policy.

Every proposed donation is subject to an expert evaluation by the archivists and is covered by an agreement concerning the rights of use that the donor grants to the FMSH .

Donation of mixed corpus

The library pays special attention to proposals to donate mixed document collections, i.e. collections containing both bibliographical resources and archives.