Archives nationales d'Outre-mer

  • National Archives branch for overseas colonies
  • Archives d'Outre-mer
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André Chamson, Director General of the Archives de France, made the choice to establish an Overseas Territories Archives Department in Aix-en-Provence at the time when the decolonisations were being completed and a university centre was being built in Aix-en-Provence. As the heir to more than three centuries of history, the Archives Nationales d'Outre-Mer keeps two large collections with different administrative and archive pasts:

  • The archives of the Secretariats of State and the Ministries responsible for the French colonies from the XVIIth Century to the XXth Century
  • The archives transferred from the former colonies and Algeria when independence took place between 1954 and 1962, apart from the management archives which remained in the countries concerned.To these are added private and company archives relating to the Overseas Territories as well as a specialised library, map library and image library.

Archival and Other Holdings

The Archives Nationales d'Outre-mer, belongs to the French National Archives and is located in the South of France (Aix-en-Provence). Their mission is the preservation of records related to the past colonial presence of France in its former overseas territories. These archives deal with three centuries of history of the French Colonial Empire. They consist in the archives of the ministries in charge of the former French Colonial Empire and the archives transfered from the former French Colonies and Algeria when these countries became independent. The collections cover the fields of colonial history. In the amount of documents they are collections concerning the period of the Second World War.The archives hold: - 38 kms of archives- 60,000 maps and plans - 150,000 photographs- 120,000 library works

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

Opening Times

Monday to Friday 9am to 4.45pm; the first thursday of the month 1pm to 4.15pm


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