The collection of interviews of CegeSoma largely accessible
CegeSoma manages a large and varied collection of interviews carried out since the early 1970s, either by researchers of the Centre or in the context of external initiatives such as the programmes Jours de Guerre produced by the RTBF or also those by Maurice De Wilde by the VRT.
In view of the increasing interest for this type of archives in Belgian and international historiography, CegeSoma has made a particular effort this year to make these oral sources available in digital format.
They concern in particular:
- The 1,800 recordings made by the researchers of the Centre with former resistance fighters, former collaborators and other witnesses of the period of the Second World War, but also of other periods of Belgian contemporary history. Until now, these recordings were registered in an Excel list, available on the website of CegeSoma. This list has been updated and the interviews have been introduced in Pallas. You can access them by entering “archives sonores” and by clicking on the icon of the archival tree directly in the data sheet obtained. Then select the file “Interviews réalisées par des chercheurs du CegeSoma”.
- The 1,200 interviews on daily life in Belgium during the occupation, made between 1984 and 1998 in the context of a survey conducted by professor Jacques Lory of the UCL. These have been digitized in the context of the programme digit03, funded by the Federal Science Policy Office. They are now available on request in the reading room. The inventories by name, subject and locality are available here.
Furthermore, in the course of 2017, CegeSoma has acquired the transcriptions of the interviews made in the context of the course of historical methodology of Ghent University on the subject of the Second World War occupation in the collective memory. These have been digitized and described in Pallas. You can access them by typing the keyword “archives sonores” and by clicking on the icon of the archival tree. Then select the file “Interviews réalisées par des chercheurs extérieurs”, then on the corresponding sub-file. The digital versions are available on request in the reading room.
Apart from the audio archives and the transcriptions available in a digital format, CegeSoma also has in its collections:
- Transcriptions of interviews made by the journalists of the programme Jours de Guerre, produced by the RTBF. These are accessible in paper form in the reading room. The inventory in a pdf version can be downloaded via Pallas by introducing: “interviews jours de guerre”. Attention: this inventory can be found at the end of the long list of keywords with the names of the interviewed persons.
- Transcriptions of interviews made during the broadcasts of Maurice De Wilde on the collaboration and the repression produced by the VRT. These are accessible in paper form in the reading room. The pdf inventory can be downloaded via Pallas by introducing: “interviews Maurice De Wilde”.
To contribute to the preservation of the audio heritage and to valorize the work of the researchers, CegeSoma particulary encourages students and researchers who have carried out interviews in the context of their research to deposit them at CegeSoma. Thus, they can be preserved in good conditions and are available for future research. If you wish to be informed of the conditions of this kind of deposit, please contact Florence Gillet.