International Archives Day (June 9, 2018): The Territorial Archives of Saint Martin: rescue and safeguard


The Territorial Archives of Saint Martin are associated with the International Archives Day which took place on Saturday June 9, 2018.

In this context, various events are organized around the world to publicize the role of an archive service, share professional practices and experiences, highlight archival funds. Under the aegis of the International Council of Archives (ICA), the theme for 2018 is "Archives: Governance, Memory and Heritage".

Through a video montage of approximately 6 minutes, the Territorial Archives of Saint-Martin offer to introduce the public to the activities of the past few months. Produced by the Collectivity of SaintMartin, this video is visible on the community's website and Facebook.

After a passage evoking the creation of the Territorial Archives (2013), the first public archive service in the history of Saint-Martin, until the passage of Hurricane Irma on September 6, the public is invited to discover the consequences of Irma's destructive damage on the written heritage of Saint-Martin. From the processing of documents to remedy the proliferation of molds to the removal of the most important funds for the reconstruction of SaintMartin to ensure their security and preservation, these sequences show the fragility of essential evidence for the rights of administrations and citizens faced to these extraordinary climatic events.

In 8 months, several million sheets were dried, dusted, and treated to save our fragile archival heritage. The assistance of the RSMA in October made it possible to act quickly to remove more than 300 linear meters of archives from the water. Thanks to a donation from the National Archives (Paris), the emergency treatment equipment for the archives and the protection of agents (masks, gloves, overalls) were able to quickly reach Saint-Martin and allow the team to work in best conditions. A backup and ordering plan was developed at the Saint-Martin Territorial Archives in 2014 and updated every year: this preparation of the teams upstream of the climatic event, activated on September 2, 2018, was capital to secure the archives. After the passage of the hurricane, it was a precious guide to set up the first decisive rescue actions for the long-term safeguarding of documents, in a context of total autonomy (cutting of communication and energy).

Relocated in a temporary building, the Territorial Archives are no longer able, to date, to receive the public. Research requests should be sent only to the following address:

Procedure for access to communicable documents

The public is invited to attach a scanned photocopy of their identity document to their request for communication and / or document search so that the service can register and process the request.

Only requests related to building permits can currently be honored, subject to regulatory provisions related to the communicability of these documents.

All civil status requests (birth, death and marriage certificates) must now be sent only to the civil status department of the Collectivity, regardless of the date of the acts. Only requests sent by email to the address will be processed. As IT resources and internet connections are being restored, response times may vary.

The public is reminded that the Media and Territorial Archives (Concordia) building has been completely closed to the public since September 6, 2018: it is no longer necessary to go to this building to make requests for archives.

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