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École nationale des chartes
Founded in 1821, the École nationale des chartes is recognized worldwide as the leader in providing comprehensive education in the sciences of the written word, including its digital manifestations, and in methods of historical research.
The school, which since 2014 has found its home on the rue de Richelieu across from France’s national library (Bibliothèque Nationale de France), is a bastion among the world’s institutions for the conservation of heritage.
With official EPSCP (Public Scientific, Cultural or Professional Establishment) and “grand établissement” status, the school falls under the auspices of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. Its students, recruited via competitive exam and granted status as “civil servant trainees” upon acceptance, receive the degree of archivist-paleographer upon successful defense of a thesis. Most alumni build careers as heritage curators, library curators, or researchers and teachers in the human and social sciences.
The school now also offers two Master’s degrees, “Digital Technologies Applied to History” and “Transnational History”. During the 2017/2018 academic year, the school will launch and run PSL’s “Digital Humanities” Master’s degree program. The school grants doctorates in its fields of expertise, and at the start of the 2016/2017 academic year first offered a specific practice-focused doctoral program open to library and heritage institution curators.
The school boasts research laboratories and the Jean-Mabillon Center (EA 3624), is a major and prolific producer of research in France, and is a member of one Equipex lab (Biblissima) and two Labex labs (Hastec and Cap).
Two institutes are affiliated with the school, the Committee on Scientific and Historical Works (CTHS) and the Paris Regional Training Unit for Scientific and Technical Information (URFIST).
The school was also a founding member of the Condorcet Campus.