National Archives 2 (Joseph Cuvelier repository)
The National Archives 2 (NA 2, Joseph Cuvelier repository) is one of the 19 repositories of the State Archives, which are responsible for collecting and preserving documents produced by Belgium’s public bodies. Open to the public since 2011, this repository can accommodate up to 49 linear kilometres of archives. It houses many contemporary archive collections, both public and private.
A team of archivists has been working since 2014 to transfer some 10 linear kilometres of archives produced by the former Ministry of the Colonies (and previously held by the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs) to NA 2, making NA 2 a major repository of the memory of the history of colonisation and decolonisation. NA 2’s collections also include the archives of private companies that operated in the Congo: UMHK, Finoutremer, Sibéka (diamonds), Traction et Électricité (rail, hydropower, etc.). The archivists strive not only to preserve these documents in the best possible conditions but, above all, to inventory them and to promote them through research projects as well as by publishing numerous academic articles and a guide to sources for the history of colonisation, providing an indispensable aid to researchers and readers of all kinds.
Guided tours throughout the day (English, French and Dutch). After a tour of the former paper mill buildings housing the archives (Anciennes Papeteries générales belges – Ed. Haseldonckx & Cie), visitors will get to see various sets of archives and a selection of visual documents charting personal histories (photographs, maps, charts, identity cards, passports) from our extensive collections of public and private archives. Up to 25 people per tour.
Advance booking not required
Accessible with assistance