Archives départementales de l'Eure-et-Loir

  • Departmental Archives of the Eure-et-Loir


Esplanade Martial Taugourdeau Pont de Mainvilliers
Grand Est


+33 2 37 88 82 20


+33 2 37 36 88 79

Mandates/Sources of Authority

The management of archives must be done in compliance with the regulations. Until its eventual elimination or transfer to the competent public archive service, any document (or data) is placed under the responsibility of the service that produced it (Code du patrimoine, art. L212-4).

As a department of the Eure-et-Loir General Council, the Departmental Archives are responsible for

  • Controlling the archives produced by all the department's administrations (Prefecture, Departmental Council, town halls, hospitals) and public officers (notaries, bailiffs).
  • Collecting the public archives of the administrations and institutions present in the department, as well as private archives from companies, individuals, associations, etc. ....
  • Classify the documents and draw up finding aids describing the collections and facilitating consultation.
  • To conserve and preserve the collections in order to pass them on to future generations.
  • Communicate the documents because the archives must remain alive by being consulted: welcoming the public, guiding them in their research, but also promoting the archives through publications, exhibitions, educational workshops and conferences.

Records Management and Collecting Policies

The Departmental Archives only take in definitive archives. A deposit of archives must be the subject of a slip, signed in triplicate by the head of the depositing department and the Departmental Archives. This slip must be precise and prioritised, as it is an essential tool for any subsequent research in the archive.

Municipalities and hospitals can entrust documents to the Departmental Archives via a deposit procedure. The deposit is prescribed for municipalities with fewer than 2,000 inhabitants and optional for those with more than 2,000 (Code du patrimoine, article L212-11).

This deposit does not imply a transfer of ownership of the documents but consists of entrusting the Departmental Archives with part of the community's archives. The deposit procedure requires the agreement of the President of the Departmental Council and the Director of the Departmental Archives.

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Archival and Other Holdings

The documents kept by the Departmental Archives are organised into six categories:

Archives collected during the Revolution: administrations and courts abolished from 1790, religious establishments whose property was confiscated at the same time, and feudal archives. The archives of public bodies present in the department from 1790 to the present day: General Council, State services, courts, etc. Civil status registers older than seventy-five years. The archives of notaries, who, since 1979, have been obliged to deposit their archives older than seventy-five years with the Departmental Archives. The archives of municipalities and public hospitals in the department that choose to deposit them with the Departmental Archives. Archives of private origin, but of public interest, which are given to the Departmental Archives as a gift or deposit. Thus, family, seigniorial or state-owned archives, archives of companies, associations or personalities may be kept.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

Finding aids on the history of the Second World War: L’histoire de la seconde guerre mondiale

Mémorial de la Shoah holds copies from this archive.

Opening Times

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9:00 - 17:30. Friday: 9:00 - 16:00

July and August: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9:00 - 17:00 and Friday: 9:00 - 16:00. Closed on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday.

Open on Thursday from 16:30 - 22:00 if made reservations at least a week prior to visiting.

Conditions of Access

The Martial Taugourdeau esplanade is a private road, located on the border of Chartres and Mainvilliers, serving a group of administrative and cultural services of the Eure-et-Loir Departmental Council.

Research Services

Please note that no research requests from individuals will be processed directly. You are invited to send them to

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