Heritage and Historical Archives Department

The BNP Paribas Archives & History department : a team dedicated to the Group’s historical assets

Within the Group’s Communications, the Archives and History Department is responsible for organising and promoting BNP Paribas’ written and audiovisual heritage. The team shares BNP Paribas history with the general public through various channels (publications, social networks, exhibitions, websites) by highlighting the continuity of BNP Paribas’ activities and its forerunners in financing the economy.

By sharing a common history with the group’s employees, the department helps to develop a sense of belonging. Archives and History supports research in economic history by hosting researchers and sponsoring a thesis prize in economic history.


A first-rate archive resource at the disposal of historical researchers

Archives documents

old vintage briefcase

BNP Paribas is a European banking group with a long, rich and varied history. Accordingly, the Group pays great attention to the preservation of its memories by carefully maintaining archives of paper, photographic and audio-visual material. This historical legacy is both a valuable resource for the Group and a source of collective memory.

The BNP Paribas Archives & History department is responsible for preserving, developing, publicising and ensuring that good use is made of this assembled legacy.

These collections contain valuable source-materials on economic history and international relations, and also for the study of other fields such as the history of architecture and social history.

In France, these archives have come down to us from the various financial institutions that came together to make up the BNP Paribas Group:

◦ Banque nationale de Paris (BNP) and its forerunner banks, namely the Comptoir national d’escompte de Paris and the Banque nationale pour le commerce et l’industrie
◦ Banque de Paris et des Pays-Bas (Paribas)
◦ Compagnie bancaire – a significant part of which was Cetelem


If you wish to consult the archives or ask questions about Group history, please send an email to the Group Heritage & Historical Archives department at: archivesethistoire@bnpparibas.com
Please note: the department does not store documents relating directly to customers’ bank accounts and is not able to answer any questions in this regard.

In addition, two major European subsidiaries of BNP Paribas maintain their own Archives and History departments, which continue to conserve archives of great importance for tracing the history of their respective countries:

◦ In  Belgium: the BNP Paribas Fortis Historical Centre preserves materials relating to forerunner banks, namely Société Générale de Belgique, Générale de Banque, ASLK/CGER and Crédit à l’Industrie
◦ In Italy: l’Archivio Storico BNL conserves the archives of the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL)


In addition, the BNP Paribas Historical Association is made up of members who take a close interest in Group history. The Association has considerable experience with oral records and is able to provide historical researchers with access to document files, a historical library and various private archive collections.

Are you an academic and wish to access other resources on a topic ?

To contact us, please use the dedicated form.


Contact us / Send us a document

    This website has a cultural and historical purpose; it is not intended to deal with trade and banking relationship issues which will not be processed. See moreless

    If you have a document, a photo, a story about BNP Paribas history and want to share it, please do not hesitate to share it there.

    In transmitting this document, you certify to own it and to hold the property rights needed for their use. You authorize BNP Paribas to use it on the website Source of History.

    Thank you for indicate the origin of the documents and give us any information you consider relevant to its understanding.

    The personal data collected on this form is processed by BNP Paribas SA for processing. It allows us to provide a personalised answer to your requests (access to archives, research, information requests. Please note that fields identified by an asterisk (*) are mandatory.

    For more information on the processing of your personal data, you can access our Data Protection Notice.


    Suscribe to Well of History's newsletter

    The personal data collected from the Site are subject to data processing by BNP Paribas to enable access to and use of the functionalities offered by the Site www.histoire.bnpparibas.
    Pursuant to the French Data Protection Law No. 78-17 of 6 January 1978, you are entitled to access the data collected by BNP Paribas and to have it amended, updated or deleted, where such information is incorrect, incomplete or outdated. You can exercise this right by contacting: BNP Paribas – APAC TDC Val de Marne, TSA 30233- 94729 FONTENAY SOUS BOIS Cedex.


    Files download

    I undertake to make private use of the contents downloaded from the website


    You have added an item to your selection.

    You can find your saved contents in the “My space” section, which can be accessed at the top right of any page of the website.

    My space English A+ A-

    To find this content on your next visit, you need to create an account from this section, by clicking on:

    Fermer Welcome to

    Well of History

    Since 1822, history has made us a key player and a witness of transformations taking place in society and economy in Europe and around the world. We invite you to share in our story and explore our archives to learn more about our constantly changing world.
    Jean Lemierre Jean Lemierre,
    of BNP Paribas