Bienvenue sur l’espace dédié au Mundaneum. Vous y découvrirez une sélection d’archives personnelles des fondateurs du Mundaneum Paul Otlet et Henri La Fontaine, mais aussi, à l’image du Mundaneum lui-même, des documents du 20 ème siècle provenant du monde entier, sur des thèmes très divers. Il s’agit d’un work in progress. Que la visite commence…
Diploma of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Henri La Fontaine in 1913
Cover of the 18 December 1913 issue of the magazine Pourquoi pas. It was published after the announcement of Henri La Fontaine’s Nobel Peace Prize
Gisbert Combaz's (1869-1941) illustration project for the International Peace Bureau's periodical, "The Pacifist Movement", 1912
Henri La Fontaine and Ludwig Quidde Nobel (Peace Prize in 1927), Berlin, 1924
Announcement of a lecture on peace given by Henri La Fontaine
At the end of the war, Henri La Fontaine was appointed as technical advisor at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. This conference decided to set up the League of Nations, which was the forerunner of the United Nations. He was the Belgian representative at the League of Nations Assembly in 1920 and 1921, before being sidelined due to his differences of opinion with a number of the major powers.
Procession of May 1, Brussels, : Henri La Fontaine is in the second row on the right
“Call to women”, poster issued by the General Party of Belgian Women (created at the initiative of the Belgian League for Women's Rights), signed by Marie Parent and Léonie La Fontaine, 1921
In 1888, Henri La Fontaine came out in support of Marie Popelin (1846-1913). A law graduate from the Université libre de Bruxelles, this young woman was refused entry to the Bar because of her gender.
Lecture on the political and social role of women in the world's community, given by Henri La Fontaine (1920)
Henri La Fontaine spoke out for the extension of the right to vote to all men and women; as an active member of the Board of the Belgian Federation of Lawyers, he advocated opening up the legal profession to women lawyers. In 1902, he gave a lecture on women lawyers at the Federation, which he later published in a brochure entitled La femme et le barreau.
Paul Otlet (centre) and Henri La Fontaine (right) outside the entrance of the Palais mondial at the Palais du Cinquantenaire
Xth International Conference of Bibliography, The Hague, 1931
Front illustration of the program of the inaugural meeting of the Temple of the Belgian Federation of Human Right in Brussels, 1935
Medal made in honor of the Lodge Les Amis philanthropes
In 1885 he published the first French translations of Die Walkûre and Götterdamerüng, the prologue and first act of Der Ring des Niebelungen.
He also gave lectures about composers, sometimes performing. In his home on the Square Vergote in Brussels, Henri La Fontaine and his wife, Mathilde Lhoest (1864-1941 organized musical evenings for their circle of friends.
Flowers picked by Henri La Fontaine during a trip on the Gorner glacier (Switzerland) in 1883
A trip to the mountains: rest stop at the Plan de l’Aiguille chalet-hotel (France), August 1930 (Mundaneum)
Membership card of the Belgian Alpine Club issued to Henri La Fontaine for the year of 1935
Front cover of the book on Henri La Fontaine drawn by François Schuiten issued in December 2012 by the Mundaneum