Archives

Archives du Collège de France

Presentation

The Archives are run by the Collège de France’s Libraries and Archives Department.

They consist of an administrative collection and an old collection, mainly comprising reports of professors’ meetings since 1656, course posters since the 18th century, and professors’ manuscripts, personal papers and scholarly documents.

Access conditions

Consultations are by appointment only, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Access to documents is governed by the French Heritage Code.

In order to consult documents that cannot be communicated (beyond legal deadlines), a
dispensation request may be made to Ms. M.-R. Cazabon.

Services available

Complete manual catalogue. Acquisitions from 1990 on computerized catalogue, consultable in the reading room.

Possibility of photocopies (0.15 €), depending on the nature and condition of documents.
Possibility of computerization.
Computer outlets available.

Members of the Society have free access to the shelves and the right to home borrowing, in accordance with internal rules. Doctoral students recommended by their supervisor and any other known researchers have access to consultation in the reading room.

Opening times

Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Address

Collège de France
11, place Marcelin Berthelot
75005 Paris

State of the collections

• CdF 1: Collège premises
• CdF 2: History of the Collège
• CdF 3: Collège accounting
• CdF 4: Personnel files (prior to 1789)
• CdF 5: Personnel files (1790-1957)
In accordance with the French Heritage Code, these files may be consulted freely starting
120 years after the date of birth.
• CdF 6: Personnel files (post-1958)
In accordance with the French Heritage Code, these files may be consulted freely starting
120 years after the date of birth.
• CdF 7: Personnel, generalities, substitutes and replacements
• CdF 8: Personnel, statutes, promotions, distinctions, social laws, aid societies
• CdF 9: University teaching and programming
• CdF 10: Professors, name list, rules, appointments, oaths
• CdF 11: Professors: authorisation of absence, attendance registers, courses and
distinctions
• CdF 12: Regulations
• CdF 13: Research conventions
• CdF 14: Professors’ chairs
• CdF 15: Professors’ files (prior to 1790).
• CdF 16: Professors’ files (1790-1957)
In accordance with the French Heritage Code, these files may be consulted freely starting
120 years after the date of birth.
• CdF 17: Professors’ files (1958- )
In accordance with the French Heritage Code, these files may be consulted freely starting
120 years after the date of birth.
• CdF 18: Personnel files: accidents at work
In accordance with the French Heritage Code, these files may be consulted freely starting
120 years after the date of birth.
• CdF 19: Personnel files (salary department)
In accordance with the French Heritage Code, these files may be consulted freely starting
120 years after the date of birth.
• CdF 20: Personnel files (part-time lecturers, trainees)
In accordance with the French Heritage Code, these files may be consulted freely starting
120 years after the date of birth.
• CdF 21: Renovation of the Collège de France – Glowinski Collection
This collection is for administrative use only.
• CdF 22: Teaching and Research (administration of laboratories and research institutes)
• CdF 23: Research conventions
• CdF 24: Bequests and foundations
• G IV: Reports of professors’ meetings (1656- ).
The Collège also keeps:
• An important collection of glass plates:
PV Collection: Amerindian archaeology and manuscripts
Marey Collection: works by Marey, photographs, glass plates (including 2,000 consultable
on digital support)
See also the CdF 22 Collection: Teaching and Research.
• Course posters (18th-19th centuries)
• Floor plans of the various Collège de France buildings (18th-20th centuries)
• Photographs (professors, laboratories...)
Outside bodies holding archives from the Collège de France and its professors

The Collège de France has deposited professors’ scholarly collections at the IMEC (Institute of Contemporary Publishing Archives – Institut Mémoire de l’édition contemporaine); it thus remains the owner but is in charge of neither communication nor keeping.

The Institut de France also holds scholarly archives, donated by professors of the Collège de France.

Contact

For further information, please contact:

Evelyne Maury
Tel.: +33 1.44.27.10.36

Claire Guttinger
Tel.: +33 1.44.27.13.63