Archives départementales de Saône-et-Loire

Like all French departmental archives, the Departmental Archive of Saône-et-Loire, located in South Burgundy (central eastern part of France), was established following the Revolution in 1796. Its aim was initially to gather paper documents from local administrations and churches for the use of citizens. It has now become the repository of the memory of local life, collecting all types of documents of public or private origin from medieval times to the present day. Its holdings now add up to 21 km of documents. The ethnographic collections only form part of the overall archive.


Several folklorists, archeologists, and amateurs of local traditions have deposited their private collections comprising published monographs, personal notebooks, photographs, drawings, postcards and audiovisual recordings. Among them are historian Gabriel Jeanton on local geography, habitat, and language up to the 19th century, folklorist Emile Violet with his surveys of customs, and his study of the tales and dialect spoken in the Mâconnais area, and archeologist Louis Bonnamour about traditional trades on the river Saône. The collections also include a series of surveys carried out in villages all over Saône-et-Loire gathering information about customs and languages, as well as documentary films by local organizations about rural traditions and skills, in particular in the Bresse area.



Archives départementales de Saône-et-Loire

Place des Carmélites 71000 Mâcon France

Tel. (+33) 3 85 21 00 76