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Research centres

The Centre for Onomastique

The Centre for onomastqiue has extensive documentation about people's names and place names for all of France, which it makes available to the public.
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The Centre for Sigillography and Heraldry

The Centre for Sigillography and Heraldry, devoted to the study of seals, heraldry, and emblems more generally, has a rich collection of moulds from France and abroad, together with specialised documentation, and it makes these available to the public.
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Centre d'Onomastuqe àau CaranLes centres d'onomastique, de sigillographie et d'héraldique, situés salle Jean-Favier au premier étage du CARAN, sont ouverts au public du lundi au vendredi,
- accès libre sans réservation de 9h30 à 17h00 ;
- accueil sur rendez-vous les autres jours
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Tél. : + 33 (0)1.40.27.63.08

Courriel : onomastique-sigillographie.an@culture.gouv.fr

 

The Centre for the Topography of Paris

The centre provides specialised researchers with documentation about land property and houses in Paris dating from the 13th century up until the French Revolution, together with an alphabetical file of old street names.
The Centre for the Topography of Paris is open to the general public from Monday to Friday from 9:45am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm.
Please note: Given that it is only open when the curator (the sole member of staff) is present, it is recommended that you ring ahead to announce your visit.
Email: valentine.weiss@culture.gouv.fr
Tel. : +33 (0)1 40 27 62 75
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The Centre for the Study of Judicial History

The centre carries out research and analysis of judicial records, particularly from the Paris Parliament. It has numerous files.
Access is by appointment on +33 (0)1 40 27 62 88.
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The Commission of Ordinances of the Kings of France

The Commission of Ordinances of the Kings of France, whose task is to publish the Catalogue of Acts of Henry II, in the Collection of Ordinances of Kings of France, can carry out searches of Royal Acts from the Ancien Régime, and more particularly the 16th century, corresponding to the final monarchs of the House of Valois, from Francis I to Henry III (1515-1589).
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