Provinciaal Archief West-Vlaanderen

  • Provincial Archive West Flanders
  • PAWV


The Archives were founded in 1994 with the intention to manage and open up the written and / or digital archival heritage starting in 1794 up until today.

Archival and Other Holdings

The Provincial Archives of West Flanders is responsible for all documents created or received by the management bodies (Provincial Governor, Deputation, Provincial Council, Province Clerk, District Board), and various administrative and technical Provincial services.

The Provincial Archives also hold a number of private archives.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

The following link provides some information about various sources and publications that may be useful for researchers:

For a list of the private collections held by the Provincial Archives, see:

Finally, there is an online program, Probat, that allows users to search the Provincial Archives' inventory:

Opening Times

The archives' reading room 'Fernand Peuteman' is open every working day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Conditions of Access

Admission to the reading room 'Fernand Peuteman' is free. Visitors must fill out a registration form on their first visit in a calendar year. In certain cases, a research statement ( must also be completed.

For more information on the reading room regulations, see:


  • Provincial Archive West Flanders 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.