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Institut d'Histoire du Temps Présent, Paris

Page history last edited by Paul Keenan 14 years ago

Date of tip: March 2006; updated September 2008

Source: Benn Williams, benn.e.williams@gmail.com 


Location: IHTP-CNRS 

59-61, rue Pouchet

75849 Paris cedex 17

(1er étage)

Tel: (33) (0)1 40 25 10 61

Fax: (33) (0)1 40 25 12 55  


How to get there:

By metro: 

  • Ligne 13 to the station Brochant ou Guy Môquet.
  • RER C, direction Argenteuil or Pontoise to the station Port de Clichy. Exit rue de la Jonquière and walk until rue Pouchet. 

By bus:

  • Ligne 66 stop: La Jonquière
  • Ligne 31 stop: Guy Môquet ou Brochant-Cardinet


Language: French.  


Getting started: Be sure to check out the IHTP website, as there is information about the library, current projects, as well as an online inventory at: 


Also, there is a page of online resources at:


Fill out the brief visitor’s form.


Opening Hours: Following the move from Cachan, the library and archive are currently accessible only by appointment (and closed during the month of August).


General working conditions: While most of the library’s collection of 20,000+ works (of which 16,000 on the Second World War) reside in closed-stacks, there are a number of references works, including bilingual dictionaries, and recent acquisitions in libre accès. In addition, the IHTP boasts a rich collection of specialized journals (approximately 300 active titles in five languages and three times as many inactive titles).

There is no limit on the number of boxes/microfilms that can be consulted per day.


Policy on technology: In general, there are no restrictions on the use of laptop computers, digital cameras, and scanners although specific private collections may prohibit the reproduction of documents. 


Photocopy policy: One photocopier is available for patrons’ use. The machine does not take coins—settle up in cash at the end of the day. 


Particularities: To make the most of your stay, contact the archivist and/or librarian ahead of time. 

NB: The IHTP recently moved from the campus of ENS-Cachan.  It is now located in the 17th arrondissement of Paris.  Visit the IHTP’s website for more information. 


How to apply for classified files: Restrictions generally imposed by the donor; you probably won't know until you get there; could be an oral authorization on the spot, could be a dérogation filed with the donor.


Contact name in case of questions regarding classified files: 

Archiviste: Anne-Marie Pathé at pathe@ihtp.cnrs.fr

Bibliothèquaire: Jean Astruc at  Jean.Astruc@ihtp.cnrs.fr


Places to Stay: This is Paris.  Good luck. 

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