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  • Title: Monique Garnier-Lançon papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1963-1996
    Collection Number: 97003
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: French
    Physical Description: 52 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (26.6 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, conference papers, agenda, memoranda, studies, press releases, clippings, serial issues, other printed matter, and audiovisual material, relating to French foreign and cultural relations, European defense policy and collective security, and international anti-communist movements.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    General Physical Description note: Number of Containers: 63 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box
    Creator: Garnier-Lançon, Monique, 1928-


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Monique Garnier-Lançon papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information



    Increments may have been received since this finding aid was prepared. Please check Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/  to find the full extent of the collection.

    Biographical Note

    1928 July 12 Born, Privas, France
    1944-1946 Studies in history, Faculté de lettres, Lyons
    1962-1971 Journalist and producer, O.R.T.F. (Organisation de la Radio-Télévision Française)
    1977-1989 Adjointe au maire, mayor's office, Paris
    1983-1989 Vice-president, European Institute for Security
    Awards and honors Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur et des Palmes académiques

    Scope and Content Note

    Acquired in 1997, the Monique Garnier-Lançon papers in the Hoover Institution Archives document the career of a figure active in both the French political establishment and in international defense policy circles. The bulk of the papers are concerned with Garnier-Lançon's close involvement in the 1980s with the European Institute for Security Matters (EIS), an organization under whose auspices largely conservative opinion makers debated defense policy issues and lobbied for increased military spending by West European countries in the last years of the Cold War.
    The EUROPEAN INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY MATTERS (EIS) FILE contains materials that detail European attitudes, especially in the defense establishment, toward security issues in the 1980s and 1990s. These include the deployment of SS-20 missiles by the Warsaw pact, the subsequent American deployment of Pershing missiles in Western Europe as a countermeasure, and the elaboration of the Strategic Defense Initiative ("Star Wars") by the Reagan administration.
    The EIS organized conferences, produced publications, and served as a network of like-minded specialists in security issues. As the eventual vice-president of the EIS, Garnier-Lançon served as an intermediary between French conservative circles and their counterparts elsewhere in Europe, in the United Kingdom, and the United States.
    Garnier-Lançon traveled extensively, both on behalf of the EIS and in her capacity as adjointe au maire (deputy) in the Paris mayor's office. The extensive CONFERENCES, SEMINARS, AND MEETINGS FILE and TRAVEL FILE record her participation in various gatherings, and contain numerous conference papers, speeches, and related materials. The CONFERENCES series also contains some documents pertaining to Garnier-Lançon's attendance at the closed deliberations of an exclusive group known only as Le Cercle (sometimes referred to as Le Cercle Pinay and, later, as Le Cercle Violet) whose activities have attracted the attention of analysts interested in elite groupings and their influence upon policy decisions made by Western governments.
    The SPEECHES AND WRITINGS series of the papers contains Garnier-Lançon's own articles and public remarks, although a few additional items are interspersed elsewhere in the collection, where they are identified. Her role as a woman active in the higher circles of French conservative politics is documented in the CORRESPONDENCE series and the MOUVEMENT POUR LA SOCIÉTÉ DE DÉVELOPPEMENT FILE. The SOUND RECORDINGS series contains interviews with a number of leading French politicians, included Jacques Chirac, with whom Garnier-Lançon worked closely. Many of these interviews were conducted by Garnier-Lançon, who worked as a journalist before entering politics.
    As much as possible, the organization of the papers reflects their original order and Garnier-Lançon's own descriptions and headings.

    Language Processing Information

    Mainly in French and English.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    European Institute for Security.
    PEN (Organization)
    Anti-communist movements.
    France--Foreign relations--1945-
    Paris (France)
    Security, International.