Activities and Aims

Current Activities and Aims of the Archive

a) To continue recording new material anywhere in the world where permission is given and arrangements can be made – especially whenever it documents discussions and developments of broadly foundational interest, and particularly when for whatever reason there is unlikely to be any other record of these or only an incomplete or delayed one.

b) To conserve the existing recordings and written records, and make copies available to researchers, pending the time the whole archive can be put online.

c) To discover important, previously unknown or uncirculated recorded material relevant to the exact sciences and their history and philosophy, and to conserve it through digitalisation, and make it available oline whenever copyright permits.

(Bringing to light the Grothendieck material mentioned in the History Section above provides a perfect illustration of this activity. That material will be amongst the first portions of the Archive to be digitalised and made available online)

d) To complete the Catalogue of the Archive and place it online.

e) To make an initial selection of a number of the most important video and audio recordings available online, in the belief this will generate further interest in the Archive and help to attract funding support for the Project of digitalising the entire holdings of the Archive and making them available online.  For details of this see the Section “Project” above

f) To continue, as funding permits,  the Programme of Conferences, Workshops and Interviews/Rencontres which the Archive has sponsored over the last 20 years.