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Camille Huysmans
Camille Huysmans in his twilight years, Belgiëlei 185, Antwerpen, 1965.

Amsab-ISH reached a loan agreement with the Antwerp City Council over the Camille Huysmans Archives in 2009. Until recently they were stored at the AMVC-Letterenhuis, but we have transferred them to our Antwerp department, as was requested by the Stichting Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Camille Huysmans (Camille Huysmans Scientific Research Foundation). The aim of this foundation is to preserve, digitise and provide access to these records in the best possible way. AMVC-Letterenhuis, which had originally held them, has lent its support to the agreement between Amsab-ISG and the Antwerp City Council.

Camille Huysmans (Bilzen, 26 May 1871-Antwerp, 25 February 1968) graduated in Germanic philology from Liege University. He joined the Belgian Workers Party (BWP) at a very early age. He was, among other things, a teacher, a journalist, a Brussels city councillor (1908-1921), an Antwerp alderman responsible for education (1921-1926), the Antwerp mayor (1933-1940 and 1944-1946), a Member of Parliament (House of Commons, 1910-1965), a Speaker of the House of Commons (1936-1939 and 1954-1958), Arts and Education Secretary (1925-1927), Education Secretary (1947-1949) and prime minister (1946-1947).

In his capacity as a secretary to the International Socialist Bureau, Camille Huysmans won instant fame in 1917, when he took the initiative, along with others, in convening the Stockholm Conference that was to discuss a negotiated peace settlement. Ultimately, this Conference did not materialise. The question whether this socialist initiative could have helped to put an end to the First World War and the slaughter of millions of people one year earlier, remains unanswered.