Archives départementales de la Charente-Maritime

  • Departmental Archives Charente-Maritime


Site de Jonzac
7, rue Taillefer


+33 (0)5 46 48 91 13


+33 (0)5 46 48 91 17


Site de La Rochelle
35, rue François de-Vaux-de-Foletier
La Rochelle
17 042


+33 (0)5 46 45 17 77


+33 (0)5 46 45 65 11


Created in 1796, the Departmental Archives are today placed under the joint authority of the Presidents of the Departmental Councils and the Prefects. From the outset, they were intended to enable citizens to assert their rights and ensure the continuity of public management. Their usefulness extends to historical documentation and research.

Mandates/Sources of Authority

The Departmental Archives are a service of the Charente-Maritime department. Their mission is to advise, collect, classify, communicate and promote the archives created in the department.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

The archives publish finding aids online.


Opening Times

The La Rochelle reading room is open from Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 5.30pm without interruption, with free access. Documents may be collected from the storerooms every half hour from 9.15am, 9.45am etc. There is a break between 12.45 and 14.15 for the return of documents and the library closes at 16.45.

The Jonzac reading room is open to the public (reservations recommended, see below). For the reading room: Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. by reservation. For the exhibition: Monday to Friday from 1.30 pm to 5 pm. Ring the bell at the entrance.

Conditions of Access

The Departmental Archives are open to all. Registration is free of charge and requires the presentation of an identity document: identity card, passport, driving licence, etc. A reader's card is then issued, which is used when requesting original documents, microfilms or digitised documents.

The documents can only be consulted in the reading room at the Jonzac and La Rochelle sites. You may photograph the documents. Please note that for conservation reasons, the originals of the digitised collections accessible on the website cannot be consulted in the reading room. You have access to multimedia stations to access these digitised collections.

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