Archives départementales des Côtes d'Armor

  • Departmental Archives of Côtes d'Armor


7, rue François-Merlet


+33 (0)2 96 78 78 77


+33 (0)2 96 78 67 29


Created in 1796, the Departmental Archives carry out missions defined by the Heritage Code (Book II) and the General Code of Local Authorities. The history of the Côtes-du-Nord archives was written by Régis de Saint-Jouan, former director, in 1982.

Mandates/Sources of Authority

The Côtes-d'Armor Departmental Archives is a service of the Côtes-d'Armor Departmental Council, attached to the General Directorate of Citizenship / Directorate of Culture and Cultural Heritage

Its mission is to guarantee the knowledge, conservation and enhancement of the archival, movable and immovable heritage of the Côtes-d'Armor.


Archival and Other Holdings

The Côtes-d'Armor Departmental Archives hold more than 21 linear kilometres of manuscript and printed documents, from 1081 to the present day.

These collections continue to grow: each year, an average of 300 metres of documents are collected by the Departmental Archives because of their historical interest, then cleaned, packaged, described, classified and preserved to be made available to the public.

Opening Times

From Tuesday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The reading room closes to the public at 5.15 p.m.

Conditions of Access

The Archives are a place where the public is welcome. The preserved heritage is shown and communicated.

Access to the reading room requires registration, free of charge, on presentation of an official identity document (including a photograph and address: national identity card, passport, driving licence, residence permit). In addition, minors must present a parental authorisation at the time of registration.

The reader's card, which is valid for the current year, is then issued. Its use engages the civil and criminal responsibility of its holder, who must report its loss to the staff of the Departmental Archives, if necessary.

Before entering the consultation areas, readers are given the key to an individual locker. Only the equipment necessary for taking notes or photographs is allowed in the reading room. Ink pens are not allowed, nor are any objects that could damage the material integrity of the documents.

In the reading room, each reader may request three documents per shift, every half hour, up to a limit of ten documents per half day.

Research Services

Research requests (genealogy, history, notary, administration, etc.) must be precise so that the document requested can be easily identified or the requester can be guided as best as possible. In accordance with the law of 2 July 1978, the Departmental Archives are not obliged to respond to requests which, because of their generality or imprecision, do not make it possible to identify the documents requested without detailed research.

Therefore, applicants are invited to specify the document(s) they are looking for (online form) or to come to the Archives so that they can be better guided in their investigations. If you are unable to come in person, you can appoint a person of your choice to do so.

For your information, it is not the role of the Departmental Archives to take the place of researchers (professionals or individuals) to carry out the research that is their responsibility, to the detriment of its collection, classification, conservation and communication missions.


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