Archives départementales de la Haute-Marne

  • Departmental Archives of the Haute-Marne


Rue du Lycée Agricole
Grand Est


+33 (0)3 25 03 33 54


Installed since 1975 in Choignes, an extension and the refurbishment of the buildings were necessary in order to be able to receive new archives and welcome visitors in optimal conditions. This project, supported by the Departmental Council in 2008, was completed in September 2011. The Departmental Archives then took possession of their new building. Modern and innovative (its silo is the only one in France that benefits from a natural air-conditioning system), it provides storage capacity and conditions adapted to conservation needs and now allows access to a very wide public: genealogists, researchers, students, schoolchildren and curious and passionate individuals.

Archival and Other Holdings

The Departmental Archives, a service of the Department of Haute-Marne, has the task of preserving and communicating to the public all of the territory's written heritage: public archives from the oldest known documents (a charter of Louis the Pious from 814 from the bishopric of Langres) to the most recent (archives of the Departmental Council, the Prefecture, etc.), including court judgments, notarial minutes, etc. In addition to these documents, there are private archives such as those of well-known companies or those of famous people and great families such as Du Châtelet, Diderot, the Bouchardons, Louise Michel, etc.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

online inventories

The Departmental Archives offer a number of publications for sale: exhibition catalogues, inventories, guides to sources, etc.

To consult the available titles and order the works that interest you, visit the shop. You will also find objects, such as moulded seals.

Opening Times

The reading room is open from Monday to Friday:

Monday: 14:00-16:45,

Tuesday and Wednesday: 9am-6pm

Thursday and Friday: 9am-4.45pm.

Conditions of Access

All of the collections held by the Haute-Marne Departmental Archives can be consulted in the reading room, within the time limits imposed by the Heritage Code, and insofar as the condition of the documents allows.

Registration in the reading room is free of charge, on presentation of a valid identity document. Each registered reader may consult up to 20 documents per day.

Requests for documents are sent to the receptionists until 4.15 pm. As far as possible, we shop documents as they are requested, but if the library is very busy, you may have to wait a little longer. Document retrieval is interrupted between 11.45 and 13.45, but the reading room remains open: you can continue to work on the documents requested in the morning.

Computers are available to consult the documents and inventories available online. Lead weights are available to hold open or flat the documents you are consulting, especially if you wish to take photographs!

Readers are asked to leave their bags and coats in locked lockers. To avoid any risk of damaging the documents, it is forbidden to bring food and drink into the reading room. However, tables and chairs are available in the hall, so that you can take a break or have a picnic under cover. A water fountain (hot and cold) is available to quench your thirst.

You can reserve up to 4 documents in anticipation of your visit, so that they are ready to be consulted on your arrival. To ensure that your request is taken into account, the request to reserve documents online must be sent to the Departmental Archives at the latest the day before the consultation.

For same-day reservations, please contact us by telephone on 03 25 03 33 54.

For any reservation request for more than 4 documents, please send an email to

Reserving documents requires a reader's number. If you are not yet registered, you can pre-register by telephone on 03 25 03 33 54 or by sending your name, first name and address by e-mail to

You will be asked to provide a copy of your identity card by e-mail or to present it on your first visit to complete the registration.

In accordance with the RGPD, all personal information requested is essential for the processing of your request and is collected solely for this purpose.

Reproduction Services

All freely consultable documents (not subject to a consultation exemption) may be reproduced. Readers are authorised to take photographs without flash in the reading room, provided that this activity does not disturb the normal functioning and calm of the premises.

Photocopies may be made of unbound documents up to A3 in size, if their physical condition permits: parchments, in particular, may not be photocopied.

For parchments, bound documents or large documents (up to C2), a scanning service is available.

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