On April 25, 2019, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) entered into a collaborative arrangement with the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) to create the website La France aux Amériques. This information source will bring together exceptional heritage documents that bear witness to the interactions between France and the Americas.
LAC has become a key partner in this project, joining American contributors such as the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration, the Yale and Harvard university libraries and the New York Public Library. Project partners on the French side include the Archives nationales d'outre‑mer, the Diplomatic Archives, and the Rouen and Bordeaux municipal libraries.
LAC and BnF also took the opportunity to sign a more general agreement that confirms their willingness to share the expertise of their respective staff over the next few years.
These agreements are a natural fit with LAC's goal of staying on the cutting edge of archival and library science and new technologies. They also allow LAC to continue to play a key role in international documentary heritage networks.