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National Archives 2 - Joseph Cuvelier repository

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Rue du Houblon, 26-28
1000 Brussels
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Opening hours:

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

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.

  Click here for the complete list of closed days

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.

22/07/2015 - Digitisation

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, Johannes Van de Walle, Luc Vandeweyer.

Head of Research Projects: Delphine Lauwers.

Reception, Reading Room and Stacks Management: Laurent Ceressia, Reda Malki, Jean-François Meert, Marie-Louise Oomen, Olivier Van Weyenbergh.

Maintenance: Fatima Ait Laghchim, Fatima Chabira.

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