Requests for consultation

To prepare your visit:

The reading room is accessible on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am-1pm and 2pm-5:30pm, and Wednesdays, 9am-1pm, by appointment only.

Conditions of consultation

The collections are either open for consultation or reserved:

  • To consult the open collections, you must make a request and obtain authorisation from the Contemporary History Archives.
  • Consultation of the reserved collections is subject to the donor’s authorisation.

Availability of the public archives contained in the collections is governed by the Heritage Code (articles L213-1 to L213-8) (FR) amended by the law of 15 July 2008 (FR).

Readers consulting archive materials must comply with the rules of the Archives’ reading room (PDF, 68Ko, FR).

Reproduction of materials is subject to the Archives’ regulations. The costs corresponding to this service are borne by the user, according to a set price list (PDF, 100Ko, FR).

Advance notice

We require a few days’ notice of your visit to transfer the requested materials.

Places for consultation

The reading room of the Contemporary History Archives at the Sciences Po Centre for History,

56, rue Jacob, 75006 Paris, first floor.

The reading room can accommodate up to five people a day. Access is free of charge. Readers must present an official photo ID (identity card, passport, driving licence, etc.).

About 15 collections are held by other archive services.

Archives unit of the Sciences Po Scientific Resources and Information Division

Sciences Po’s institutional collections (1SP and 2SP) and the collections of former registrars Serge Hurtig and Jean Touchard (5SP and 6SP) are held at the Archives unit of the Sciences Po Scientific Resources and Information Division.

See the Archives unit webpage

Archives nationales

The following collections are held at the Archives Nationales: Vincent Auriol, Raymond Barre, Léon Blum (first part), Jean Coutrot, Édouard Daladier, Michel Debré, Jacques Kayser, Colonel François de La Rocque, Didier Maus, MRP, MRP de la Seine, Alain Savary, Victor Schweisguth and UDSR.

Consult the Archives nationales website

Archives Nationales d’Outre-Mer

The Marius Moutet collection is held at the Archives Nationales d’Outre-Mer (FR)

Archives of the Department of Isère

The Jean Berthoin collection is held at the Archives of the Department of Isère (FR)

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