Related documents: The Guernut Commission 1937-8
In early 1937, the left-wing Popular Front government in France established a commission of enquiry to look into many aspects of colonial life across the empire. The ultimate intention was to provide much needed information as the basis for introducing reforms into the colonies. The commission was headed by member of parliament and former Education Minister,Henri Guernut. The commission archives contain documents, compiled either by or under the aegis of colonial agents, focusing on economic affairs, housing, migration, education, and demography. Funding dried up in 1938 and the Commission was abandoned and with it all hope of reform in the brave new world of a Europe veering catastrophically into fascism and a Second World War.
The Commission documents are housed at Centre des Archives nationales d’outre-mer (CAOM) in Aix-en-Provence, France. They reflect an essentially administrative endeavour and do not replicate the content of the SAVINEAU REPORT housed on this site. The Commission archive is not available in digital form but there is an introduction to it produced by the team at CAOM:
La Commission Guernut: commission d’enquête du Front Populaire http://www.archivesnationales.culture.gouv.fr/anom/en/Action-culturelle/Dossiers-du-mois/1006-Guernut/Dossier-Commission-Guernut.html
Below you will find a selection of administrative correspondence related to the Savineau Report, organised by date and content. These digital versions are based on material consulted at the Archives nationales du Senegal (ANS) in Dakar.