In 1979, Saint-Gobain created a center specifically to collect, conserve and provide access to the archives of its French subsidiaries.
With a surface area of nearly 10,000 square meters, this center has 80 kilometers of archival storage including 25 for historical archives held on a variety of media: paper, photos, glass plates, more than 3,000 films, objects, plans, posters, samples of materials manufactured by the Group’s subsidiaries, etc., retracing the history of Saint-Gobain from 1665 to the present.
The building was designed by the architect Joseph Belmont. The black glass tower housing the archives overlooking a semi-buried pyramid-shaped space is a striking structure marking the approach to the city of Blois, France.
The team of 13 professionals working at the center, archivists and documentalists are tasked with inventorying and conserving the Group’s heritage.
As a consequence, the center made a significant contribution to Saint-Gobain’s 350th anniversary. It was a partner in L’Economie aux Rendez-vous de l’histoire (The Economy at the History Meetings) symposium in Blois in 2015.
The Saint-Gobain Archives Center welcomes researchers in the fields of history, business management, history of techniques and materials, architecture and art history, to name just these.
Since 2015, the center has been open once a month to the general public who can make an appointment to come and explore the center.
GIE Saint-Gobain Archives
27-35, rue de la Vallée Maillard
Tel: +33(0)2 54 57 35 30
Opening hours: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:30 to 5:00 pm
By appointment only.