Societe Generale Historical Archives: a rich and diverse heritage

For the last 20 years, the Societe Generale Historical Archives department has made its comprehensive and diverse collections of written, photographic and audiovisual archives available to researchers. This historical heritage concerns both the Group’s past and the history of various economic sectors in France and around the world. It represents a vast field of research on the economy, finance, architecture, social history and much more that is open to historians, academics and other researchers.

The Historical Archives department’s mission is to collect, preserve, pass on and promote Societe Generale’s historical heritage.

These collections come from Societe Generale itself, but also from companies it has absorbed, from French subsidiaries:

  • Société Générale Alsacienne de Banque, known as Sogénal
  • Société Centrale de Banques (formerly Crédit Foncier d’Algérie et de Tunisie)
  • Crédit du Nord (including Banque de l’Union Parisienne and Banque Mirabaud’s archives)
  • Société de Crédit à l’Industrie Française (CALIF).

The Societe Generale group’s Historical Archives: research prospects (in French)

Collections of photos, posters, maps and objects (in French)

Archives open to researchers

Consultation procedures (in French)

Societe Generale’s Historical Archives are presented in various guides detailing the sources: you can find them here (in French):

Farid Ameur, Cathy Drévillon - Archives de la Grande Guerre conservées aux Archives historiques Société générale (on World War 1)

Xavier Breuil, Camille Rey - La Russie aux archives historiques de la Société générale - Présentation et perspectives de recherche (on Russia)

Hubert Bonin - Des archives du groupe de la Société Générale à l’histoire des banques françaises pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale (on history of French banks during World War 2)

Camille Rey-Tensaouti - Les archives du groupe Société Générale et l’industrie

Xavier Breuil, Catherine Dardignac - Les archives du Club Athlétique de la Société Générale (CASG), entre l’histoire du sport et histoire d’entreprise (on the Group and sport)

Les Archives Historiques du groupe Société Générale - Protection sociale (1914-1945) (on social welfare 1914-1945)

Cathy Drévillon, Clémentine Pedenon - Les Archives Historiques du groupe Société Générale - protection sociale (1945-1970) (on social welfare 1945-1970)


Thematic exhibitions are regularly organised to look back at our Group’s history.

In 2015, Societe Generale joined forces with various banking archive departments, under the auspices of the Association des Archivistes Français, to organise an exhibition on the First World War.

This roaming exhibition will be presented at Crédit du Nord's site in Lille (France) from 2 to 20 November 2015.

Find out our history through this poster collection

Societe Generale has a longstanding involvement in rugby. The Historical Archives department team is accompanying the Rugby World Cup: read the different articles

Illustrated history of our involvement in rugby