Classification plan

The classification plan links each document to the totality of the archive funds put online and places it in its historical context.

Data structure

In order to provide visitors with a ever deeper insight into the history of the Maison Worms and to adapt to the more or less exhaustive knowledge that each of them has of this history, the information have been divided into three levels, ranging from the very general to the very specific: chronology, periodicals, "recueils des informations de janvier à décembre" (document in French = archive compilations from January to December).


It summarizes the stages of the evolution of the company from the birth of the founder, Hypolite Worms, in 1801, until the present time:

  • 1801-1856: Foundation of the Maison Worms
  • 1857-1870: Market expansion
  • 1871-1885: Perenniality and opening up
  • 1886-1913: Protection and growth
  • 1914-1918: The years of upheaval
  • 1919-1939: Change of tack and scale
  • 1939-1945: The grim years
  • 1946-1950: Reconstruction
  • 1951-1960: Redeployment
  • 1961-1970: Resistance
  • 1971-1981: Concentration
  • 1982-2017: Simplification and creation


These articles are accessible from the chronology by the "read more" button situated under the summary of each of the periods. They chronologically present, year after year, the constituent events of every phase of development.

"Recueils des informations de janvier à décembre" (= archive compilations from January to December)

These files are essential to the knowledge of all available data. They are accessible from the periodicals by clicking on the years that divide the text into paragraphs. They are also placed at the top of each of the annual indices in the "Archives" menu:


The "recueils des informations de janvier à décembre" (archive compilations from January to December) are in French. They are used to inventory, year after year, and in chronological order, the archives which are presented in separate files and of which the "recueils des informations" propose the most significant passages. Hypertext links can be used to navigated between this document and separate files. The "recueils des informations" also contain data from notes or letters too short to be presented in particular articles, or from external sources (books, newspaper clippings ...). Thus, for example, many of the data collected in the nineteenth century letterbooks have been retranscribed in a "recueil des informations" corresponding to their dates of issue.



Almost all the archives are written in French and were not translated into Englishdue to the large quantity of the material.

The archives are classified chronologically according to their dates of emission, or of reception when the former are not indicated. All filenames begin with the year, usually followed by the month and day (example: 1942.01.13 ..., 1942.01.19 ...).
Undated testimonials are classified according to the year of the most recent event mentioned in the text and are listed with the year in question followed by "00." (Example: 1942.00 ...).
Whenever the name of the sender is known, it is indicated after the date (de = from). It can be followed by the name of the recipient (à = to). (Example: ... De Simone Tournier - Worms et Cie.A M. Ladoy...). It can also be replaced by the latter when the sender is not quoted or when the document emanates from the Maison Worms or one of its services without specification of a particular author (example: 1942.10.01.A J. de Grandmaison...).
The title is supplemented by a possible indication of the place of origin and / or destination of the document, and ends with a specification about the nature of the document (example: Original ... Note ... Agreement ...).
The terms "non daté" (="undated"), "non signé" (= "unsigned"), "non signé, ni daté" (= "unsigned and undated") are used whenever one or more of the criteria used to identify the archive are lacking (1942.00...Article sur le naufrage du Jumièges (non signé, ni daté).


The archives are either in manuscript form or in typewritten form. All were digitized. The text of the former was transcribed via a word processing software. That of the typewritten sources was extracted from the images obtained by scanning, and reconstituted via an OCR (optical character recognition) software before being reformatted in Word.
Then, the texts were imported into the website in as many articles as needed.
The PDF of each document is accessible at the end of each file, except for the poor quality reproductions and the correspondence extracted from the nineteenth century letterbooks (written on both side of the bible-paper, making the images unreadable.
In order to consult a PDF, a download form must be completed. Thanks to this interface, Internet users can make known the subject of their research and any study that they are carrying out on the history of the Maison Worms and its activities. No personal data are retained.

"Search" function

All the data published on this website can be queriedby using the "search" function situated at the end of the main menu.


See the sitemap.


It should be noted that, depending on the period, the Maison Worms is designated under different names: Hte (ou Hypte) Worms & Cie, Worms Josse & Cie, Worms et Cie, MM. Worms et Cie or Worms & Cie (the latter being the most widely used).

Some proper names and names of ships may be written differently depending on the documents. As these variants can skew the research results, we suggest you to refer to the following table of correspondences and search the database according to the most common spelling:

The most common spelling Variants
Hypolite Hippolyte ou Hyppolite
Commandant-Franchetti Commandant Franchetti
Marguerite-Franchetti Marguerite Franchetti
Frédéric-Franck Frédéric Franck
Louise-Jenny Louise Jenny
Hypolite-Worms Hypolite Worms
Ville-de-Nantes Ville de Nantes
Séphora-Worms Séphora Worms
Suzanne-et-Marie Suzanne et Marie
Lucie-et-Marie Lucie et Marie
Thérèse-et-Marie Thérèse et Marie
Haut-Brion Haut Brion
Pontet-Canet Pontet Canet
Château-Yquem Château Yquem
Château-Palmer Château Palmer
Château-Lafite Château Lafite
Château-Latour Château Latour
La-Mailleraye La Mailleraye
Château-Pavie Château Pavie
Château-Larose Château Larose
Le-Trait Le Trait
Château-Petrus Château Petrus
Château-Margaux Château Margaux
Président-André-Blanchard Président André Blanchard
Jacques-Cartier Jacques Cartier
Ville-de-Metz Ville de Metz