Archives de la Ville de Liège

  • City Archives of Liège

Records Management and Collecting Policies

The department receives all documents produced or received by the municipal administration in the course of its work.

Each year, the department receives documents from individuals, associations or companies as donations, deposits or legacies. Their consultation provides a different perspective and sometimes fills existing gaps.

Archival and Other Holdings

The City Archives of Liege hold all documents produced by the various departments of the municipal administration in the performance of their tasks. It also holds private archives, which it receives from individuals, associations, or businesses as donations, deposits, or legacies. The consultation of these private archives can provide a different perspective and sometimes fills existing gaps in official documentation.

In the City Archives’ historic fonds (fonds historiques), researchers can find, inter alia, documentation related to the world wars; the expositions universelles that were held in Liège in 1905, 1930 and 1939; demonstrations and public order (until 1914); protocol (e.g. receptions organised by municipal authorities and external relations); the complete collection of the administrative Bulletin of the city (from 1836 to 1987).

The City Archives also have:

  • a library, which is mainly focused on the history of Liège, regional monographs, management and administrative law

  • a large collection of maps, plans and posters

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

Research tools such as databases and inventories are essential for opening an archive to the public. It is therefore essential to list each file with keywords.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of the publications of the Document Management and Archives Service.


Les manifestations et les grèves à Liège de l’an IV à 1914


Exposition de 1930 : Exposition internationale de la Grande Industrie des Sciences et Applications et de l’Art wallon ancien

Exposition de Liège 1905 : fonds de l’exposition universelle et internationale de Liège – 1905

Catalogue des affiches illustrées de 1905 à 1958 conservées aux Archives de la Ville de Liège

Thierry Rozenblum, Une cité si ardente... Les Juifs de Liège sous l'occupation (1940-1944), Luc Pire (2010).

Opening Times

Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. from 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Conditions of Access

In order to consult the collections, researchers must contact the City Archives to make an appointment via +32 42 52 03 93. Group visits are possible and are organised by appointment.

Research Services

Documents relating to the World Wars, the 1905, 1930 and 1939 Exhibitions, demonstrations and public order (from Year IV of the Republic to 1914), ceremonial events, the activities of the Municipal Council (collections of administrative bulletins), the French regime from 1794 to 1815, the Beaux-Arts, as well as company and family archives (e.g. the Equerre collection) can be made available to researchers, students and citizens.

For historical research, please contact the Document Management and Archives Department by e-mail.


  • The City Archives of Liège website last consulted on 24/10/2022

  • 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.

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