The importance of the resources and the variety of their themes justified the digitization of the SNCF archives of the period 1939-1945, in order to respond both to a concern for transparency and to the desire to ensure the material safeguarding of these fragile archives. This concerns the totality of the war archives, and all the files relating to actions not related to the world conflict- but which took place between 1939 and 1945. Major themes stand out: relations with the occupier, the functioning of the company during the conflict, regulatory texts drafted, and decisions taken by the Board of Directors between 1939 and 1945.
To consult these archival documents, two online search methods are possible:
- A guided search, by consulting the Research Guide, provides a description of the SNCF archive repository for the period 1939-1945. In order to respect the principles of archiving, it was necessary to redefine the correct origins of the files. To facilitate research, the archives have been classified by company department and organized into eighteen entries. We therefore invite the reader to refer to the appendices of the guide, which present the organization of the SNCF from its creation up to 1945. All the diagrams and organization charts enable you to follow the evolution of the departments mentioned.
- A keyword search in the historical archives database 39-45.