Musée de l'ordre de la Libération

Research and documentation center

The museum houses a center for research and documentation. The reading room is open Monday to Friday during museum opening hours. The research center can be accessed via 51 bis boulevard de la Tour-Maubourg, 75007 Paris, by appointment only.

A comprehensive inventory check was performed following renovation works at the museum.

6,000 publications can be consulted, further completed by new acquisitions and donations from all or part of the collections belonging to Companions of the Liberation Fred Moore, Hubert Germain and Pierre-Henri Clostermann, Marie-Claire Hettier de Boislambert, Stéphane Inbona, Christine Levisse-Touzé and the Fondation de la Résistance.

Consulting the archives and publications

The Museum of the Order of Liberation possesses photographic collections (approximately 30,000 photographs) on the following themes:

  • Companions of the Liberation
  • General de Gaulle (most notably between 1940 and 1945)
  • The Free French journey
  • Internal Resistance
  • Deportation

Consulting the archives and publications

The museum keeps individual records on the Companions of the Liberation and French Resistance medal holders, as well as thematic records forming extensive archival collections.

These collections are enriched each year by donations from families of the Companions, private individuals, and also by research in connection with other archive centers

Consulting the archives and publications


Article 1 The Research and Documentation Center at the Museum of The Order of the Liberation is open weekdays: Monday-Thursday from 9 am - 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm - 5 pm, and Friday from 9 am - 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm - 4 pm.
Exceptional closures are announced on the Museum of The Order of the Liberation’s website and across all appropriate media.
Article 2 Admission to the Research and Documentation Center is free and open to all. Researchers must make an appointment by post, email or phone and await confirmation of their visit prior to traveling to the center.  
Article 3 All researchers must bring identification with them.
Article 4 All researchers must complete a form confirming their personal details and all archives and publications consulted. Data collected is processed electronically for statistical purposes and may be used to guide the service’s scientific and cultural policy. Only non-personally identifiable data is processed to ensure researchers’ anonymity.

Article 5 Access to the reading room is prohibited for intoxicated people and those whose hygiene and behavior are likely to disturb fellow users and staff. Animals are not permitted. Researchers are expected to dress appropriately and must refrain from engaging in any form of behavior that could interfere with the smooth running of the Research and Documentation Center.
Article 6 The free lockers must be used to ensure the safety of archival documents and to protect national heritage. Before entering the reading room, all coats, jackets, bags, towels, umbrellas, etc. must be placed in the lockers provided and the token returned to reception on exiting.  
The only items that may be taken into the reading room are pencils, loose sheets of paper, open binders, notebooks, laptops and cameras. Plastic wallets for binders and report files are not allowed. Food, and all types of liquid or items that could cause damage to documents are strictly prohibited.
Cell phones must be placed on silent. The use of cell phones is strictly prohibited in the reading room.
The Order of the Liberation declines all responsibility in the event of loss or theft of personal objects left by researchers in the reading room, lockers or any other area of the museum.
Article 7 Smoking is strictly prohibited throughout the building.   
Article 8 The reading room is placed under the direct authority of the room supervisor, who is responsible for enforcing these rules and implementing safety instructions governing property and people.  
Article 9 All researchers must provide a list of records, archives and publications they wish to consult when making an appointment. Additional requests can be made at the center. These will be fulfilled depending on the availability of the room supervisor.
Article 10 Issuance of documents may be refused due to their physical condition. In the interest of present and future users, researchers are asked to ensure they handle heritage documents with great care. Documents are fragile and unique and cannot be replaced. Researchers should adhere to the classification system.  
Article 11 Archival documents must be consulted exclusively in the reading room where they were issued. Likewise, inventories and standard reference books must be consulted exclusively in the reading room and must not be moved without special authorization from the room supervisor.
Article 12 Issuance is on a strictly personal basis. Researchers may in no case entrust documents issued to them or reserved under their name to anybody else.
Article 13 Researchers are responsible for documents issued to them and must ensure they do not suffer any damage, degradation or deterioration, whether caused by themselves or somebody else. In particular, document bundles must be placed flat on the table before being unwrapped. Researchers are prohibited from leaning on or making notes on documents, marking them up, annotating them, or tracing them.  
Article 15 The internal order of the boxes must not be amended. Under no circumstances should researchers reclassify records that they deem to be incorrectly classified. Disordered, missing or incorrect documents must be reported to the room supervisor.
Article 16 Documents requested for issue that are not consulted the same day are reshelved in the evening, unless the researcher indicates that they wish to keep them checked out for further consultation.
Article 17 Pictures can be taken in the reading room using digital or analog cameras as long as the flash is switched off.
Article 18 The reproduction of archival documents and library publications in any shape or form is not a right but a courtesy granted to researchers. Researchers must indicate the pages they wish to copy and obtain approval from the room supervisor. Copying requires time and skill and cannot be done immediately.
Requests for copies, particularly photocopies, increase the risk of deterioration and destruction of documents. For these reasons, the service may be refused.  
Article 19 The Order of the Liberation freely determines the conditions for reuse of the public information it holds, pursuant to Article 6 of Decree no. 2008-459 of May 16, 2008, in accordance with the nature of its intended use (particularly: with or without public distribution and with or without commercial purposes).  
Authorization requests for the reuse of public information must be submitted to the curator of the Museum of The Order of the Liberation.
Furthermore, the use of copies produced either by the service or researchers themselves for commercial distribution, display, publication or exploitation is subject to the payment of copyright where applicable.  
Article 20 Please include the following information in the following order in footnotes or endnotes when citing or referencing documents held in The Order of the Liberation’s archives:

- Title of the archival document
- Date of the archival document
- Title of the record
- Title of the series
- Title of the collection
- Record code (if applicable)
- Archives of The Order of the Liberation
This order is reversed for bibliographies.
Article 21 Failure to comply with the rules set out in the above articles will result in automatic exclusion from the reading room.  
Damage to or theft of documents is subject to criminal proceedings provided for in the Penal Code (France) (Article 322-2, 4 and 13; Article 433-4).
Article 22 These regulations supersede the previous ones dated June 30, 2018.
Article 23 The curator of the Museum of The Order of the Liberation is responsible for the implementation of these regulations.
Paris, April 9, 2020
Vladimir Trouplin, Curator of the Museum of The Order of the Liberation

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