Archives Nationales d’Outre Mer

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Address and Contact Info

Address: 29, chemin du Moulin Detesta, 13090 Aix-en-Provence, France

Telephone & fax: (33) & (33)


Principal contacts for the collection:

Hours and Usage Restrictions

Online Catalogs and Finding Aids

Collection Summary

  • Archives of the colonial ministry from the 17th century to 1962
  • Territorial archives for former colonies and Algeria
  • Private and business archives related to colonial France
  • 60,000 manuscript and printed maps and plans
  • Image library of 20,000 postcards, 150,000 photographic prints, and 955 albums
  • A specialized library with 100,000 works

Usage Discussion

Suggestions for approaching the material:

Housing and getting by for less in the area:

  • A useful site for finding rental apartments is the Tourism Office of Aix-en-Provence:
  • In late June and early July, Aix hosts the annual International Opera Festival (Festival international d'Art Lyrique). This major cultural event and the international crowds it attracts are a delight to witness, but the influx of visitors does drive up apartment rents and hotel prices significantly. Budget conscious researchers may want to schedule their visits around the festival's dates, available on its website:

Other guides:

Fellowships and Funding Opportunities

Major Topic Areas

  • The history of French colonies in the Americas, Africa, and Asia
  • The history of slavery and the slave trade under French control
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