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Archives centres are open by appointment

BAnQ’s archives centres are open to users, but only by appointment, except the ones in Gatineau and Quebec City, which are closed.

However, staff at the Gatineau and Quebec City facilities, as elsewhere in Québec, will continue to process requests by email, phone and by online appointment.

For more information, go to our FAQ page.


Recherche avancée Aide

Pistard vous permet de consulter les fonds et les collections d'archives conservés par BAnQ ou l'un de ses partenaires.

Inscrivez un mot ou une expression à rechercher (par exemple : un sujet, un lieu, un événement, un nom de personne ou d'organisme, etc.).

Si vous souhaitez entrer plus d'un mot ou d'une expression ou si vous souhaitez chercher parmi les archives d’un centre en particulier, optez pour la recherche avancée.



Cherchez simultanément dans les 17 bases de données publiques de BAnQ en généalogie.

Vous pouvez restreindre les résultats de la recherche en cochant seulement les bases de données qui vous intéressent à l’aide de l’option « Limiter la recherche ».

La recherche se fait à partir du nom de famille (au moins 3 lettres) et du prénom (optionnel).

BAnQ Québec

BAnQ Québec is closed for now.

Staff members will process requests by email, phone and by online appointment.

For more information, go to our FAQ page.

Territory covered: Capitale-Nationale and Chaudière-Appalaches regions
Year of inauguration: 1920 (year during which the provincial archives were founded)

Starting point of the Québec archives network

Aerial view of Québec City.

Aerial view of Québec, circa 1925.
BAnQ Québec, Initial collection
(P600, S4, SS3, P565/387). Unknown photographer.

Located on the campus of the Université Laval, in the Louis-Jacques-Casault pavilion, BAnQ Québec is part of the network of 10 Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) archives centres located throughout Québec. The principal centre for the preservation and dissemination of government archives in BAnQ's network, the Québec City archives centre houses the offices of the institution's Archives division. In the heart of Québec's national capital, the Québec City archives centre preserves numerous public and private archives collections, which it makes available to the public in a consultation room that can hold more than 125 people.

Every year, the centre welcomes thousands of patrons from the educational and professional sectors. They use the centre's services for research concerning the history of their families, their localities or their regions. They are guided by staff members who direct them efficiently in the use of the wide range of materials preserved there.

The centre houses the Société de généalogie de Québec and the Fédération québécoise des sociétés de généalogie. With its partners, it serves as an excellent resource in genealogy and family history. It also houses the Association des archivists du Québec.

The library of BAnQ Québec, founded over 100 years ago, contains close to 40,000 volumes on the history of French America, genealogy and archives administration, a microfilm lending service between archives centres and libraries, as well as a collection of 14,000 microfilms.

Original manuscript letter.

Letter signed by the Marquis de Montcalm,
written from the Carillon camp to Sœur de
Sainte-Hélène, Superior of the Hôtel-Dieu
de Québec, dated October 11, 1756.
BAnQ Québec
Collection Centre d'archives de Québec (P1000, S3, D2763).

BAnQ Québec provides access to:

  • a significant collection of government archives. This State memory is a valuable source of information about the government administration, from the early days of the French Régime to the institution of the Québec state as we know it today, including the periods of British rule and Confederation. In particular, it contains documents about the allocation of land, forestry and mining operations, education, justice, municipalities and health;
  • judicial archives from the beginning of the colony up to the mid-1970s. These archives contain highly varied documents about civil, criminal and penal trials, such as the Sault-aux-Cochons airplane crash trials, which inspired the book Le crime d'Ovide Plouffe by Roger Lemelin, or the trial that followed the death of Aurore Gagnon, known as the "martyred child";
  • civil archives consisting essentially of tutorship and curatorship files, probated wills, civil status registers, and notaries' records (wills, marriage contracts, inventories conducted following death); these archives are among those that are most often consulted by researchers interested in their origins, ancestors and family history;
  • private archives covering various sectors of activity, politics (Jean Lesage, Robert Bourassa), family histories (Papineau, Joly de Lotbinière, Fraser), culture (impresario Gérard Thibault, caricaturist Raoul Hunter), as well as industrial and commercial history (Compagnie F.-X. Drolet, Compagnie Paquet, Le Syndicat);
  • iconographic archives containing close to five million items, including 250,000 postcards, from the archival collections of photographers and studios such as Livernois, Lida Moser, Montminy and Georges Driscoll;
  • most of the cinematographic production of the Office du film du Québec as well as private productions such as those of Abbot Maurice Proulx, Omer Parent and Herménégilde Lavoie;
  • cartographic and architectural archives with a total of 410,000 items preserved in 350 collections and archives. The most frequently consulted collection is that of the department of lands and forests, with more than 4000 surveyors' plans dating back to the 17th century. The Raoul Chênevert collection stands out with its 40,000 plans that were completed between 1860 and 1945. The Staveley family collection is remarkable for the artistic value of the plans created between 1846 and 1956. Finally, the 1000 photos of the Compagnie aérienne franco-canadienne represent the early days of aerial photography in Québec and form a unique corpus of items produced from 1925 to 1930.


BAnQ Québec also holds the largest North American collection of original material from the time of New France, a large portion of which can be found online on BAnQ's Web portal.

Certified private archives services

Pavillon Casault de l'Université Laval.

Casault pavilion, Université Laval.
Photo : Louise Leblanc.

Contact information

Picture of the Demontigny family.

Demontigny family in Saint-Pierre-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, circa 1925.
BAnQ Québec, Collection du Centre d'archives de Québec.
(P1000, S4, D18, P4). Photo : Edgar Gariépy.

BAnQ Québec
Pavillon Louis-Jacques-Casault
Campus de l'Université Laval
1055, avenue du Séminaire
Québec (Québec)  G1V 5C8

Opening hours
Tuesday, Friday and Saturday,
from 9 am to 5 pm
Wednesday and Thursday,
from 9 am to 9 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday

Telephone: 418 643-8904 or 1 800 363-9028, option 4 then option 2
Fax: 418 646-0868

E-mail (textual archives): archives.quebec@banq.qc.ca
Email (non-textual archives): icono.caq@banq.qc.ca

Information about activities : icono.caq@banq.qc.ca