Marco Greco: Good evening everybody.
First of all, thank you Hélène and friends: I am honoured and glad to be able to share the attachment to Anne Ancelin Schützenberger that unites us in several ways.
I wish to speak as president of the Moreno Museum association to which Anne has entrusted her archive and library in order to rearrange and to share them with people interested in her studies.
In this regard, I would like to share a memory: we were at the BPA-IAGP meeting in London 2014, and Anne had impressed me once again for her competent way of conducting her workshop.
We talked about the Moreno Museum Association, that I founded in Austria in 2014 with Zerka, Jonathan and Regina Moreno, Grete Leutz, Monica Zuretti, Michael Wieser and other colleagues. We talked about its international scope and about its two souls, two purposes: 1) setting up a museum in the house of Jacob Levi Moreno in Bad Voeslau near Vienna; and 2) to gather and spread the Morenian legacy, expecially by reordering archives of the most significant scholars of Psychodrama and Sociometry. Anne appreciated this double orientation, but expressed her aversion to imagine her archive kept in a German-speaking land, if anything… she was interested in keeping it in Rome, the eternal city: “la cité eternelle”. I answered that our association had no place in Rome, if anything... in Turin, the city where I live. She seemed to think about it for a moment, in silence, and then, with the smile of someone who had come to the right decision, she said: Oui, trés bien: Turin!
Then we talked how to proceed with the help of Hélène and René Marineau, as a friend in common and consultant of our Association.
In the following years, we organized many expeditions to transport Anne's materials from Paris to Turin, helped by Hélène who filled box after box...about 9 cubic meters of boxes!
We have catalogued the books and magazines thanks to the voluntary involvement of some young psychologists recently graduated: the result is a list of over 2300 titles. As for the archive, we have entrusted a professional company of archivists whom we appreciated in the past. They worked with meticulous diligence, examining the papers, box by box, and now the first basic cataloging is almost complete and consists of a list of about 300 pages of a word document.
A huge work… to which the Association has dedicated its financial resources, time and passion. A precious work that is allowing us to get to know and appreciate Anne Ancelin Schützenberger more and more, as a scholar, as a psychodramatist, and as a woman of the 20th century and beyond… because clear traces of her professional life, of her brilliant personality emerge from her papers.
We sincerely hope to find further resources to conclude this project soon. Meanwhile, we are in contact with the public Library of Turin because when the archivistic inventory is ready, we want to make these materials available to the students and scholars, as Anne and Hélène agreed with us. And now to find out something more about Anne’s archive, I give the floor to Rosanna Cosentino the archivist responsible for our project.