Mairie de Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire - Municipal Archives

Municipal Archives

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Municipal Archives

What are the archives?

Parish register of the church of Saint-Agnan, 1605-1656 (GG 17)
Parish register of the church of Saint-Agnan, 1605-1656 (GG 17)
The archives hold all the documents produced or received by the municipal administration in carrying out its activities, regardless of date, form and medium.

The archives are not only concerned with old items. A document can be archived as soon as it is created. A birth certificate registered the day before enters the archive on the same footing as a mediaeval parchment or an 18th-century plan.

In addition, the archives do not only include paper documents; items now come in all the forms used for recording information: floppy disks, DVDs, magnetic tapes, microfilms, photographs and computer files...

The public archives are imprescriptible and inalienable.

What are the archives for?

The mayor is responsible for the archives under civil and criminal law, and must conserve them:

  • for the management of municipal affairs
  • to prove the rights of citizens
  • to safeguard the memory of the town

What is the role of an archive service?

The municipal archive service performs five missions:

  • collecting documents from municipal departments, individuals, associations or companies
  • the physical preservation of documents: complying with preventive standards (temperature, humidity, light etc.), restoring or rebinding damaged documents, scanning fragile or valuable items
  • classification, which has two goals: sorting and preparing powerful search tools
  • communication with municipal departments and the public (genealogists, historians, citizens)
  • development through cultural and educational activities (guided tours, school events etc.)

Presentation of the collections

What documents can be viewed in the Municipal Archives?

View the directory of ancient and modern records 1564-1939

  • parish registers and civic records since 1564
  • deliberations of the town council since 1756
  • budgets since year 8

Budget from year 12 (1 L 4)
Budget from year 12 (1 L 4)

  • population censuses since 1820
  • land registers since 1837

  • electoral registers since 1848
  • building permits since 1946
  • records of work (buildings, roads, urban development)
  • and many other records...

The archives offer a complete picture of the history of Cosne, and constitute an essential source for historical research.

Consultation and reproduction

Access to the archives is a universal right, regardless of age or nationality.

Consultation is free upon presentation of an identity document. Consultation is allowed on the premises only, in the reading room reserved for the purpose, under the supervision of municipal staff and in accordance with the regulations.

Municipal staff welcome you and guide you in your research.

All documents can be consulted within the timescales set by law 2008-696 of 15 July 2008 relating to archives. These deadlines are designed primarily to preserve citizens' privacy and state security. For example, birth and marriage certificates and population censuses can be provided after a period of 75 years.

Fragile and damaged documents whose condition does not allow them to be handled are also excluded from consultation. This is the case with the parish registers, which can only be viewed in microfilm form, and the so-called Napoleonic land title map, which is only available digitally.

Unlike consultation, there is no automatic right to reproduce archive material, but this may be allowed under certain conditions.

Photocopies can be supplied if the original documents are not bound and if their physical condition allows it.

Photography without flash is allowed.

Votre contact :

Municipal Archives

Place du Docteur Jacques Huyghues des Etages - BP 123
58206 Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire Cedex


Reading room: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (10 am to 12 pm and 2 to 5 pm) - booking recommended

All requests for information sent by post or e-mail will be processed. For a reply, enclose a stamped envelope.

Genealogical research: help will be provided if precise dates are given (no photocopies of certificates will be sent, only certified copies)