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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

Our reading rooms are open again - Make an appointment!

As from 16 June 2020, all reading rooms of the State Archives are open again for the large public, upon appointment and wearing a face mask is mandatory.

  • Reservation of workspace in the reading room must be made by e-mail to the State Archives in question at least 2 workdays before the visit. You can find the contact details of our repositories here. Please consult the special preventive measures against Coronavirus/COVID-19 to best prepare your visit.
  • Meanwhile, we continue to extend the online valorisation of archives and finding aids.
  • In order to somewhat alleviate the effects of the long closure of our reading rooms, all scheduled repository inventorying activities for 2020 are cancelled.
  • All public events, colloquia, group visits, receptions, book presentations, training sessions, etc. are cancelled until 1 September 2020.
  • During the summer months, the reading rooms will continue to close between noon and 1.00 pm.

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30/10/2018 - 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.

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.

Head of Service: Joachim Derwael.

Archivists: Luis Angel Bernardo y Garcia, Caroline Six, Johannes Van de Walle, Marie Van Eeckenrode, Luc Vandeweyer.

Heads of Research Projects: Delphine Lauwers, Bérengère Piret.

Reception, Reading Room and Stacks Management: Laurent Ceressia, Sofiane El Ouahidi, Jean-François Meert, Marie-Louise Oomen.

Maintenance: Fatima Ait Laghchim, Fatima Chabira, Gabriela Gonzales. e-Procurement