THE HISTORICAL AND ARCHEOLOGICAL
OF SELESTAT AND ITS LOCALITY
From its very foundation in 1951, the Society
has been closely linked to the Humanist Library, where it has
always had its headquarters.
This is why, in distinction to the
other historical societies of Alsace, its particular vocation
is to participate in the preservation, enrichment, promotion and
development of the Humanist Library, with a special emphasis on
the Library's most precious collection: the former parish library
founded in 1452 and the books of the Selestadian humanist Beatus
As the city of Sélestat
owns the various collections, in 2000 the Society decided to sign
a partnership convention with this territorial collectivity.
The Society publishes an Annual which
contains studies of the Library's original holdings, humanist
or other, as well as articles about the history or any other aspect
of life in Sélestat and its locality.
It takes part in the development of
the Humanist Library by acquiring or restoring books, by acquiring
or restoring other objects of historical or archeological interest.
It publishes various pamphlets and
documents for Library visitors and any other interested individuals.
It organizes events to publicize the
Library: conferences, exhibitions, lectures, meetings with academic
representatives and independent researchers.
It can award grants to students who,
as part of their university studies, have chosen to undertake
research on the original holdings, Sélestat and its locality
or humanists linked to Sélestat.
It shares in the communal, intercommunal,
departmental and regional efforts to further tourism based upon
cultural offerings, tourism in which the Humanist Library is a
central point of interest in Alsace.
It contributes, more generally,
to a better knowledge of the heritage of Sélestat and of
its locality, as well as to its defence, preservation and development.