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Website of the national archives of Belgium.

Belgian page of the World Documents Library.
(photos; facsimiles)

Georeferencing and imaging of monuments of the Franks.
Includes parts of France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland.
(Antiquity to Middle Ages; interactive maps)

A part of the Carrie Collection.
See especially historical texts and maps and illustrations.
(Transcriptions, translations, and facsimiles)

Official Flemish seals.
Important for establishing official portraits and for verifying legitimacy and provenance of accompanying documents.
Part of a collection of facsimiles at Notre Dame's Medieval Institute Library.
(13th to 15th centuries; facsimiles and commentary)

Includes encounters with "los rebeldes de las islas de Holanda y Zelanda".
Provided by the Digital Collections of the Brigham Young University Library.
(1592-1597; facsimiles)

Historical legal sources from the Low Countries.
(1292 to present; Flemish and Dutch transcriptions, facsimiles, and maps)

Order of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V which turned the territory of present day Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg into one Habsburg territory.
(1549; French)

Treaty in which southern territories of the Netherlands became Spanish territory.
(1579; English)

The correspondence of William of Orange.
Accessible by browsing or by advanced search protocols.
Over 12,000 letters digitized by the Instituut voor Nederlandse Geschiedenis.
(1551-1584; facsimiles of letters in various languages, mostly Dutch and French)

Description of a siege of a Belgian town.
(1601; English)

Declaration about the Dutch navy.
(1604; English)

Description of Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.
(1660; Latin)

Account of a battle in Belgium.
(1691; English)

Map of Belgium as part of the Habsburg Empire.
(1764-1771; zoomable facsimile)

Treaty that formed unified Belgium from disparate territories of the southern Netherlands.
(1790; French)

A part of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.
(19th century; photos, transcriptions, sound recordings)

Belgian National Anthem. Adopted in 1860.
(French, Dutch, German, and Walloon; 1830)

First constitution after Belgian independence.
(1831; French)

Digitized newspapers from the Flemish part of Belgium.
(1836-1992; Dutch facsimiles)

Treaty between Great Britain, Austria, France, Prussia, and Russia, on the one part, and The Netherlands, on the other.
Bound Britain to guard Belgium's neutrality in the event of the latter's invasion.
(19 April 1839; English transcription)

Agreement between European powers on the partition of West Africa.
(February 26, 1885; English)

Offers online access to four Belgian union journals:
Le Journal des Correspondances (1903-1914)
Het Korrespondentieblad (1907-1914)
Le Mouvement Syndical Belge (1918-1940)
De Belgische Vakbeweging (1918-1940)
(1902-1940; journal facsimiles}

Documenting events from before Sarajevo until after Versailles.
(pre-1914 to post-1918; translations and transcriptions)
"The Rainbow Book:" German White Book, Austro-Hungarian Red Book, English Blue Book, French Yellow Book, Russian Orange Book, Serbian Blue Book and Belgian Grey Book: The Negotiations Leading to War.
Ed. Max Beer (Bern: Wyss, 1915)
A chronological combination of significant documents from the diplomatic archives of the various belligerent countries.
(29 June - 4 September 1914; facsimile of 2nd edition)
"Diplomatic Correspondence Respecting the War."
(24 July to 29 August 1914; transcriptions and English translations)

Personal record of the journey of Dr. Helfferich.
(1914; English)
Correspondence concerning the unjustified execution of Edith Cavell.
(1915; English)
Official report of massacres in WWI. Eyewitness testimonies.
(1915; English)
Pro-Belgium propaganda published in England.
(1917; English)
A collection of primary documents from the Internet Modern History Sourcebook.
(1914-1918; transcriptions and translations)
Agreement between Great Britain, the United States, Italy, France and Belgium.
(September 10, 1919; English and French)

Newspapers from Belgium during both World Wars.
(1914-1945; facsimiles)

A collection of primary documents from the Internet Modern History Sourcebook.
(1939-1945; transcriptions and translations)
A collection of documents related to WWII.
From the Avalon Project.
(1938-1947; transcriptions and translations)
Official government histories (mainly U.S.) and other primary references.
(1939-1945; English transcriptions and translations)
Vote which restored Leopold III to the Belgian throne.
(March 13, 1950; French and Flemish)

  • Foreign relations between Belgium and the US
Documents from US State Department and University of Wisconsin-Madison.
(1945-1951; English transcriptions)

This community foreshadowed the formation of the EU. It was dissolved in 2002 and its functions were absorbed by the EU. Belgium was one of the original members.
(1951; English)

Revision of 1955 treaty.
(February 3, 1958; English)

First hand account of events during the strike by Maurice Brinton.
(December 1960; English)

Agreement for open borders in between France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
(June 14, 1985; English)

Digitized newspapers "The Evening."
(1989 to present; French transcriptions)
Digitized newspapers "South Press."
(1991 to present; French transcriptions)

  • Belgian Constitution
Flemish text
French text
German text
English translation
(17 February 1994, with updates through 2008)

French site of the Belgian senate with connections to official publications and documents.
(Contemporary; transcriptions)
Dutch/Flemish Site of the Belgian senate with connections to official publications and documents.
(Contemporary; transcriptions)

Collection of Belgian Laws.
Statutes, criminal and civil codes, and other legal materials.
A portal of the BYU Law School.
Library of Congress guide to constitutional, legal, and government documents.
(Translations and transcriptions)

Legislation of the Flemish government.
(1975-present; Flemish)

Digital archive of Belgian Parliament.
(1987-present; French and Flemish)

A set of historical maps from Dr. Ronnie Ellenblum's Historic Cities.

Archive of documents about the Flemish part of Belgium

Collection of historical maps of Europe.
(facsimiles; Hungarian)

17th-century map of the Low Countries drawn in the form of a lion.
(1611; zoomable map)
17th-century map of the Duchy of Brabant.
Consisted of the modern-day Belgian provinces of Flemish Brabant, Walloon Brabant, Antwerp, and Brussels.
(1688; zoomable map)

(Facsimiles of document manuscripts, maps, scores, images, historical newspapers)
From the archives of the Académie royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique (Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium)
(18th - 20th centuries; facsimiles and transcriptions of correspondence and other documents)
Includes primary and secondary documents, provided by Don Mabry.
(Transcriptions, facsimiles and commentaries, mostly in English)

Also contains a collection of coats of arms for other European countries and principalities.

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