Archives and heritage

The Archive Department of Caisse des Dépôts provides you with rich and varied documentary collections, both written and iconographic.

The Archive Department of Caisse des Dépôts provides you with rich and varied documentary collections, both written and iconographic. This historical heritage gives information on the history of the institution and its subsidiaries, as well as the history of its areas of intervention: economics, finance, insurance, pensions, territory development, local development, social housing and international work.

The historical collections are made up of:

  • political and strategic files from senior executives, minutes of proceedings of the Supervisory Board, individual staff files, etc.
  • documentary resources:
    • thematic files
    • reference collections: reports to Parliament, circulars and instructions since 1816, etc.
    • an iconographic collection,  notably on urban and real-estate programmes of SCIC (Société centrale immobilière de la Caisse des Dépôts)
    • the Historical Research Library: monographs and newspapers from the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, mainly banking and financial.

Access conditions

The Caisse des Dépôts archives are open to all researchers.

All consultation requests must be sent beforehand to the Archive Department by post or by email, with an introductory letter from the Research Director for academics.

Archive communication time frames

The Caisse des Dépôts archives are public archives governed by the French Heritage Code and the French Law number 2008-696 of 15th July 2008. To this end they are communicable by right, with the exception of archives from senior executives and their closest associates which are available after a period of 25 years; with the exception of certain categories of documents to which statutory periods apply during which they cannot be communicated (individual staff files for example).

It is, however, possible to access, by way of derogation, archives which cannot yet be communicated freely. This procedure is carried out by the Archive Department with the management(s) which produced the documents. The response is sent to you within two months from the receipt of the request.

Document reproduction policy

Subject to private use of copies, the reproduction of archives is authorised, with the exception of bound documents indicated as too fragile or ones subject to an exemption. It is carried out for free either via photocopying under the responsibility of an archivist or with a personal camera, without flash, by the reader.



In the event that this data is reused, whether in a commercial context or not, its reproduction has been codified, since January 2016, by the French Relations Code between the public and the administration.

The requesters must also check that the images are free from any copyright or "associated right".

Any reproduction is governed by licences.


Postal address and consultation room

Caisse des dépôts et consignations
Service des archives – DJA231
15 quai Anatole France
75356 Paris 07 SP

RER C : Musée d’Orsay

Métro : ligne 12 - Solférino ou Assemblée nationale

Email address

Opening times and days

Only by appointment: from Monday to Friday, 9am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 6pm

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