Archives départementales d'Ille-et-Vilaine

  • Departmental archives of the Ille-et-Vilaine


1 rue Jacques-Léonard


+33 2 99 02 40 00

Mandates/Sources of Authority

The vocation of the Departmental Archives is to make available to the public most of the historical documentation concerning mainly the current territory of Ille-et-Vilaine.

Records Management and Collecting Policies

Archival and Other Holdings

Whether public or private in origin, the documents held allow research into the archives from the beginning of the 11th century to the present day.

Over 45 linear kilometres of documents:

  • the archives of the Ancien Régime institutions abolished during the French Revolution
  • the archives of the clergy and those of the emigrants
  • the archives of the administrations,
  • the documents of the department's public establishments and institutions,
  • communal and hospital archives,
  • donations,
  • deposits and purchases of private archives

... are available to the public at the Ille-et-Vilaine Departmental Archives.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

Opening Times

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 - 17:00

Friday: 9:00 - 16:30

Monthly closure: the first Monday of each month.

Annual closure: from 1st to 15th August included.

Closed on public holidays.

Conditions of Access

Anyone can consult, for example, the parish registers and the civil status or old land registry of their commune, as well as any administrative document relating to the activity of the State, local authorities and public establishments in the department, depending on the communication deadlines for archives in force.

Reproduction Services

The reproduction of archival documents is a facility offered to readers. Requests for reproductions made by the Archives in return for payment, in the form of photocopies, digitised images or slides, will be accommodated according to the workload of the service and the physical condition of the documents.

The Department reaffirms the principle of free access to public archives and always grants free access for any use under 10,000 images.

Some rules to respect when reproducing archives: Readers may reproduce certain documents themselves. They will find reproduction benches in the reading room for their use, computers that allow them to consult and print digitised documents, and microfilm reader-reproducers. They may also photograph documents with their own camera (analogue or digital), with the agreement of the reading room supervisor.

The user undertakes to identify the reproduction with a caption that includes the words "Archives départementales d'Ille-et-Vilaine" and the document number. Please note! The use of flash or scanners is prohibited. Any use of a laptop computer with an integrated scanner must be reported to the room supervisor.

Proof (copy of the printed publication, audiovisual production concerned, website address) must be sent to the Departmental Archives and in the event of a performance during an exhibition, a letter will specify the planned location and dates.

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