Archief Gent

  • Ghent Archives
  • Stadsarchief Gent
  • SAG
  • City Archive Ghent


In 2017, the Ghent City Archives were merged with the OCMW Ghent Archives. The new institution is known as Ghent Archives (Archief Gent).

Archival and Other Holdings

The core of the Ghent Archives’ collection consists of the government archive of the City of Ghent from the Middle Ages to today. It includes the Old Archive, which holds documentation dating back to the Ancien Régime (until 1795), and the Modern Archive, which covers the French period (1795-1815), the Dutch period (1815-1830) and the Kingdom of Belgium (since 1830). The archives of parishes from the period before the municipality mergers in 1965 and 1977 were largely transferred to the Ghent Archives. Besides the local government archives, the Ghent Archives also preserve private archives of individuals, families, organisations or businesses who have a strong bond with Gent.

In addition to written records the Ghent Archives also preserve important photographic archives and historical image collections, consisting of photographs, films, postcards, prints, porcelain cards, posters, drawings and paintings.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

The Modern Archive in the Ghent Archives is briefly described in the publication History on parchment (1988), p. 65-78.

An up to date overview of the private collections held by the Ghent Archives can be found on the website

Opening Times

Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Conditions of Access

In the reading room of Ghent Archives, researchers can consult the items from the archives, collections and libraries, either the original (if the storage condition allows) or a copy (microfilm, digital photo or scan). The reading room is equipped with various inventories and computers. The Ghent Archive is accessible to everyone free of charge. Visitors only need to register by filling in a registration form.

The reading room regulations can be found here:

Reproduction Services

Information on services provided by Ghent Archives and their fees can be found here:


  • Ghent Archives website consulted on 18/07/2019

  • 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.