French Colonial Archive
As the heir to more than three centuries of history, the Archives Nationales d'Outre-Mer keeps two large collections with different administrative and archive pasts: 1. The archives of the Secretariats of State and the Ministries responsible for the French colonies from the XVIIth Century to the XXth Century. 2. The archives transferred from the former colonies and Algeria when independence took place between 1954 and 1962, apart from the management archives which remained in the countries concerned.