Handwritten pageAndré Chamson, Director General of the Archives de France, made the choice to establish an Overseas Territories Archives Department in Aix-en-Provence at the time when the decolonisations were being completed and a university centre was being built in Aix-en-Provence.

As the heir to more than three centuries of history, the Archives Nationales d'Outre-Mer keeps two large collections with different administrative and archive pasts:

  • The archives of the Secretariats of State and the Ministries responsible for the French colonies from the XVIIth Century to the XXth Century
  • The archives transferred from the former colonies and Algeria when independence took place between 1954 and 1962, apart from the management archives which remained in the countries concerned.

To these are added private and company archives relating to the Overseas Territories as well as a specialised library, map library and image library.

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The old town of Trois-Rivières - Canada


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Different phases of the building

  • Creation: 1966
  • 1st extension: 1986
  • 2nd extension: 1996