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).
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):
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)
Les Archives Historiques du groupe Société Générale - Protection sociale (1914-1945) (on social welfare 1914-1945)
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 has been showed at Crédit du Nord's offices at 59 Boulevard Haussmann in Paris until 29 April 2016.