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The Centre of the 0verseas archives preserves two sets of archives with different administrative and archival past:

- The archives of the ministries in charge of the French settlements in India from the XVIIth century to the XXth century

- archives transferred from the former settlements and from Algeria at the time of the independences between 1954 and 1962, with the exception of the archives of management stayed in the concerned countries.

CAOM also preserves private and company archives related to overseas as well as a library, and sets of ancient maps and an items specialized on overseas.

André Chamson, general manager of the Archives of France, chose to implant to Aix-en-Provence a service of the overseas archives as ended the decolonizations and where was built in Aix-en-Provence a university pole. The building, inaugurated in 1966, was enlarged in 1986 and 1996.

The centre possesses, spaces of reception of the public, spaces reserved for the consultation with room of the inventories, reading room of 90 places, reading room of microfilms, multimedia room, spaces of conservation and sorting on 5 floors of shops equipped with sets of shelves and with adapted furniture, laboratories of photography and restoration, as well as the offices of the administration.

The CAOM, one of the 5 National Centres of Archives in France, is a public utility the wealth of capital of which consists of 37 kilometres of public and private archives, 60 000 maps and plans, of 80 0000 photos and 100 000 works of library. Numerous projects of digitalization with on-line publishing are in progress, with foreign partners (Algeria, Canada, India) or DOM-TOM regional government.

Key People at CAOM:

Martine Cornède, General Curator and Director ;
Michelle Bournonville, General Secretary
Marie-Paule Blasini, Secretary of documentation, in charge of indian maps


42 persons work there, divided into 3 sectors : administration, technical and scientific.


CAOM – Centre des Archives d’Outre-Mer
29 chemin du moulin Detesta – 13090 Aix-en-Provence – France
Tél. +33 (0)4-4293 3850 /Fax +33 (0)4-4293 3889 /
Martine Cornède :
Marie-Paule Blasini :

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