Felixarchief (Stadsarchief Antwerpen)
- City Archive Antwerp
Mandates/Sources of Authority
The Archive works directly under the authority of the city secretary.
Archival and Other Holdings
The City Archive Antwerp preserves more than 30 linear kilometers and more than 100 Tb of archival material from both urban and private archive makers. The oldest document was drawn up in the Middle Ages, the most recent last year. The Archive primarily preserves the documents of the Antwerp city government and the city administration with all its services. The urban archives consist of: the Ancien Régime archive (<1794), the Modern archive (today 1794) and the municipal archives (1794-1983).
In addition to these urban archives, the Felix Archive is responsible for preserving the archives of the Autonomous Municipal Companies; urban education, AG Vespa and the port authority. In time, the archives of ZiekenhuisNetwerk Antwerpen will also be added.
The City Archive collection must reflect the social activities of Antwerp residents as well as possible. To show a rich and complete picture of the historical-social development of the city, the government archives are supplemented with private archives .
Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication
An online overview of the Archive's catalogue with a search feature can be found here: https://felixarchief.antwerpen.be/archievenoverzicht
Tuesday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm.
Documents can be requested until 3:30 p.m.
Conditions of Access
A visit to the reading room is free as is the assistants provided by reading room supervisors.
Documents may be requested between 8.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. with a maximum of 15 inventory numbers per day. It is recommended that visitors try to reserve as much as possible in advance.
For further information on the reading room regulations, please see:
Just in front of the building on the Oudeleeuwenrui there are four spacious parking facilities for users with disabilities.
The City Archive Antwerp's reading room is accessible to all users of the archive. More than 100 workplaces are available and there is a number of computers available for researchers to consult digital records. The reading room also has a free WIFI network. There is always an employee present who can support you with advice or practical tips.
It is possible to have an employee of the Archives carry out research at the rate of 42 euros per hour.
For more information on rates for various services offered by the Archives, see: https://felixarchief.antwerpen.be/hulppagina?tab=hulppagina-sectie-leeszaal&page=hulppagina-leeszaal-bezoeken-tarieven
Visitors to the archive may take photos of certain documents themselves. Because of the vulnerability of many archive documents, a number of conditions are attached to this. Permission must first be sought from the reading room supervisor. Plans from construction files that are less than 125 years old are protected by copyright. Only after completing a declaration will visitors be allowed to take photographs.
Photograph regulations for the reading room are as follows:
Visitors may only photograph copyright-free works.
For construction files younger than 125 years, visitors must fill out a form in which they declare that will only use the documents for private purposes.
Visitors may not pass on copies to third parties or distribute them in any way.
If the copy is intended for publication, a request regarding reproduction rights must be made. To do this, visitors should register at the counter.
Direct contact between the archive item and the copying equipment, e.g. using a hand scanner, is not permitted.
Bookends must be used for registries.
The document to be photographed may not be larger than the table surface.
The use of flash or other external light sources is not permitted
Making a photocopy of an archive item is not allowed as it can damage unique documents. The books from the hand library may be copied. The fee is 0.15 euros (via Bancontact) per copy or visitors can scan the required pages yourself and send them to an e-mail address for free.
The Felix Archive provides a digitisation service. The scans are delivered in the .pdf file type via e-mail. The process of scanning and sending the documents takes approximately 2 working days after the order has been confirmed. With regards to construction files, the complete file is always reproduced at the cost of € 20 per file. For all other records, the rate is € 12 per page (<A0). With the latter, the scans of these are delivered in 3 file types via e-mail (.pdf, .tiff or .jpg).
Pierre-Alain Tallier (dir.), Gertjan Desmet & Pascale Falek-Alhadeff, Sources pour l'histoire des populations juives et du judaïsme en Belgique/Bronnen voor de geschiedenis van de Joden en het Jodendom in België, 19de-21ste eeuw, Brussel, ARA-AGR/Avant-Propos, 2016, 1,328 p.
City Archive Antwerp website consulted on 22/07/2019