Archives nationales de Luxembourg / Luxemburger Nationalarchiv
- National Archives Luxemburg
- Archives du Gouvernement (1840-1958)
- Regierungsarchiv (1840-1958)
- Staatsarchiv Luxemburg (1940-1944)
- Archives de l'Etat (1958-1988)
- Centre de Documentation et de Recherche sur la Résistance (after closure of institution, holdings transferred to national archives)
The National Archives have the status of cultural institute and fall under the authority of the Ministry of Culture (Act of 25 June 2004 on the reorganisation of cultural institutions of the State). They are dedicated to the preservation of the country's historical heritage, whose roots go back to the County of Luxembourg, which became the Duchy in 1354 and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in 1815. The National Archives keep the records of ministries and government administrations of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg as well as records from notaries and courts. In addition to public records, they also have a large number of private fonds. The National Archives hold approximately 45 linear kilometres of archival material. They receive an average of 4,200 readers per year in their two reading rooms. Its specialised library, which possesses some 30,000 volumes, helps readers to better understand the historical context of the original documents.
Archival and Other Holdings
The contemporary section of the National Archives include the archives of the late 19th century to the present day. In addition to the governmental, ministerial and public administration archival fonds, the contemporary section provides researchers with several iconographic (photos and posters on the Second World War, the labour movement and other topics) and audiovisual archives (oral testimonies of the Second World War, the Spanish Civil War and the Belgian Congo as well as videotapes on historical subjects). Moreover, the National Archives have a large collection of private fonds classified as "miscellaneous fonds."
Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication
The website contains an online finding aid. However, not all inventories available in the archive have yet been integrated:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Conditions of Access
The National Archives are open to all, but researchers must be in possession of a reader's card, which can be obtained for free at the reception.
The archives of the contemporary section are freely accessible to the public after a period of 30 years from the date of the document. However, longer limits apply to certain documents containing medical, legal, private, and professional information or documents that may affect the security of the state (cf. regulation g-d of 15 January 2001 on the consultation of archives to national Archives).