Tuesday to Friday: 9 am to 4.30 pm.
Please make an appointment for your first visit to National Archives 2 - Joseph Cuvelier repository via firstname.lastname@example.org.
July and August: open from Tuesday till Friday, from 9 am till 12 am and from 1 pm till 4.30 pm.
Closed on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays, public holidays and inventorying days.
ATTENTION! Due to absolutely essential adaptations of our search website "Searching the State Archives' collections" and the overhaul of our server infrastructure, temporary technical issues and partial or full disruptions of the website service (for example login errors when trying to consult records or errors while creating a new account) may occur between Friday 17 November and Monday 4 December. We apologise for any inconvenience.
As from 1 January 2017, the reading rooms of the State Archives will have new opening hours, based on a differentiated approach for each repository. This modification is due to decreased funding and staffing, and to varying requirements at regional and local level.
The reduction of opening hours does not entail cutbacks on service to the public however. When the reading rooms are closed, the State Archives remains at your disposal (by phone and e-mail) for your research and to answer your questions. Our institution of course continues to make the archival holdings it conserves accessible, to digitise them, to organise various events, to feed the data base http://search.arch.be/, etc. Those visitors of the State Archives who would no longer be able to carry out their research due to the new opening hours are invited to contact the head of the repository in question.
Judicial records can be consulted under specific circumstances. As for the archives of the former military courts for the repression of collaboration, to consult some of these files for whatever reason, one has to send in advance a written and well-founded demand to the College of Prosecutors general. In case of a positive response, the files can be consulted in the reading room of the Archives générales du Royaume 2 – dépôt J. Cuvelier.
The State Archives holds a real treasure of cartographic materials, but handing out original maps and plans in the reading rooms bears the risk of deteriorating the state of conservation of these documents. Indeed, repeated unrolling and rolling-up of these maps and plans that are sometimes of considerable size has taken its toll on the documents, which called for a large-scale digitization campaign. In recent years, some 60,000 maps and plans were digitised. This number increases steadily. Roughly 44,000 of these digital images have been processed and are now available for research.
Until 2018, over 10 km of records of the so-called ‘Africa Archives’ from the period 1885-1962 will be transferred to the State Archives. Among these records are 5 km of archives from the former Ministry for Colonies, 4.5 km of archives from the Governor-General of the Congo and 1.4 km of colonial personnel files. On 11 December 2014, a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ was signed between the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation and the State Archives.
Head of Service: Joachim Derwael.
Archivists: Luis Angel Bernardo y Garcia, Caroline Six, Luc Vandeweyer.
Heads of Research Projects: Gertjan Desmet, Valerie Gheysens, Delphine Lauwers.
Reception, Reading Room and Stacks Management: Gédéon Boko, Laurent Ceressia, Jean-François Meert, Marie-Louise Oomen, Olivier Van Weyenbergh.
Maintenance: Fatima Ait Laghchim, Fatima Chabira, Christelle Nguama.