Rhône / Ain / Jura / Loire / Haute-Loire. The archive of progress since 1859 is digitized


The National Library of France (BnF) will start the digitization project of the Archives of Progress. Starting in 2021, a first batch of 100,000 pages will be processed, which will therefore necessarily require further rates. Because the site is gigantic. The collection is complete in the storage silo of the works of the Lyon City Library. From the first edition of December 12, 1859 to those of this week. All departmental and local issues have been archived. Seventeen a day. For the Rhône, Ain, Jura, Loire and Haute-Loire.

Free and open access

This memory, which spans 161 years, is therefore digitized in the workshops of the BnF in the Paris region. The images are processed by text recognition software. This will allow you to index the content before making it freely and freely available on the BnF website gallica.bnf.fr.

From 1859 to 1950

The project covers the period from 1859 to the early 1950s. Indeed, copyright spans the past 70 years. And the BnF takes care of the distribution of the previous part, which has now become public domain.

Archives of the City Library of Lyon

Until 1990, Le Progrès archived its own newspapers. The collection was located in a nature reserve in Villefranche-sur-Saône. However, keeping a paper collection of this size for a longer period of time requires technical expertise and suitable premises. And in the 1990s, the oldest examples are already more than 130 years old.

At that time, an agreement was reached between the newspaper and the Lyon City Library, which took over. The partial Dieu site is not yet twenty years old (it dates from 1972), and there is space available in the huge nature conservation silo. The old collection is therefore moved to Part-Dieu. And since then it has been enriched with daily copies every day.

A microfilmed collection

The entire collection is bound from 1859 to 1988. After this date, the copies are archived in cardboard boxes. A method of preservation that is less destructive and easier to use than ties.

There is also a collection of microfilms from the Lyon edition between 1,859 and 2,013, which makes it easier to use. Since the end of the microfilm, memory has taken over the Internet.

The gigantic silo of memory

700 m² per floor. 17 floors. Dozens of kilometers of shelves full of treasures. The silo of the Lyons city library has housed Merovingian manuscripts with the latest copies of regional daily newspapers since 1972 and has dominated the Part-Dieu district since 1972.
On the occasion of these fifty years it is the subject of a major rehabilitation project. In order to remain optimal, the conditions for conservation and security are brought up to date again.
The floors are emptied one after another, asbestos removed, isolated. Electricity, air conditioning and fire protection equipment will be renovated before the collections return.
The paper collections are kept in the semi-darkness and stay permanently in a controlled atmosphere: 18 degrees and 55{7d3485657e94c2a51293ca186d4450b2f27c317aa7ee3509dac6c8bbf5461118} humidity all year round.

A graphic nugget of the collection: the title page of May 8, 1919 and the text of the Treaty of Versailles. Photo progress / Maxime JEGAT

A complete collection since 1859, with the exception of the sinking time

In its 162nd year, Le Progrès is gradually approaching its 60,000th edition.
As we can see, the collection of the Lyons Municipal Library is complete, all local editions have also been archived.

During the Second World War, the advance was sunk from November 1942 to October 1944. This sinking is symbolized by this 'hole' in the archives of the city library. Photo progress / Maxime JEGAT

Two years of non-publication between 1942 and 1944

It remains a hole of about two years. Between November 12, 1942 and September 8, 1944, the shelf voluntarily leaves a gaping void. Two years of non-publication. From the invasion of the free zone to the liberation of Lyon, it was impossible for Le Progrès to escape the censorship of the Nazi occupiers. The newspaper then decides to submerge itself. He will only find his way back to the kiosks after the liberation.
This decision explains why Le Progrès is one of the oldest newspapers in the French press. Those who continued to emerge during the war did not survive the Liberation Purges.

The newspaper archived on microfilm. The Lyon edition can be viewed in this way between 1859 and 2013. Photo Progrès / Maxime JEGAT

Jura, Ain, Rhône, Loire and Haute-Loire available

The Lyons municipal library archives not only the Rhône editions but also those of the five departments of the newspapers distribution area: Jura, Ain, Rhône, Loire and Haute-Loire.

How to access the collection

The collection of advances is obviously searchable. This is the right to exist for the library. Since the copies are bound, heavy, and very fragile, it must therefore be agreed upon.
Since the public has no access to the storage silo, the librarians make the newspapers available in the reading rooms.

More practical: the microfilm collection

The Lyon edition was microfilmed between 1859 and 2013.
You can view this collection via a viewing cabin. In black and white (also for color pages) this medium can be consulted more quickly and is very easy to read.

Possible copies

You should check with the librarians. In some cases, however, paid copies are possible. Possible with two quality levels. However, the copy affects one side. This is not a reprint of a full copy.