Universiteitsarchief KU Leuven

  • University Archives Leuven
  • AKUL

History

The archives of the university have a very eventful history because of wars and political entanglements. Due to the French Revolution, the bulk of the archive came in the hands of the government. The fund of the old university now lies in the State Archives in Leuven. In the First World War the archives of the nineteenth-century university went into flames.

The archive was established only in the sixties of the twentieth century as a department in the library of the then bilingual university. In preparation for the five hundred fiftieth anniversary of the university in 1975 a new department was launched under the leadership of prof. Dr. Jan Roegiers. The University Archives has grown to a full department within the KU Leuven and preserves a collection of about five linear kilometers.

Archival and Other Holdings

The University Archives, together with the department of Cultural Heritage are a central service of the university that is integrated into the University Library.

Opening Times

Open Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 17:00

Sources

  • Barbara Dickschen