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Bundesarchiv

Bundesarchiv (Headquarters)

CONTACT DETAILS (See moreSee less)
Visitors Address:

Potsdamer Straße 1, 56075 Koblenz

Region/Autonomous authority:

Rhineland-Palatinate

Postal address:

P.O. Box, 56064 Koblenz

Country:

Germany

E-mail address:
Webpage:
Telephone:
+49 261 505 0
Fax:
+49 261 505 226
Role of the archive:
Headquarters
ACCESS & SERVICE INFORMATION (See moreSee less)
Opening hours:

Reading room: Monday - Thursday: 8am - 7pm, Friday: 8am to 4pm

Images, Posters, Maps: Monday - Thursday: 8am - 5pm, Friday: 8am - 3:30pm

Closing dates:

At weekends and national holidays; more information at www.bundesarchiv.de

Directions:

Take the bus no. 2 or 12 (direction "Karthause") until the stop "Bundesarchiv", leaving at "Central station (West)".

See travel information

Access conditions: Accessible to the public
Access information:

To prepare for your personal use of the reference service, or should you require written information, you may send an informal written reference letter to the Federal Archives. This must include details of the subject matter and purpose of your enquiry. You may do this by post or fax, or use the online contact form. For legal reasons you will if necessary be asked to subsequently complete, sign and return a formal "Benutzungsantrag" [application form for readers]. The application form for readers can be downloaded and sent by post, fax or scan. Please attach an accompanying letter giving any further details that may be useful in dealing with your request. In signing the application form for readers you undertake to comply with the regulations of the Federal Archives Act, the access regulations and the cost regulations. Any investigations conducted into your enquiry by the Federal Archives itself are, as a rule, subject to a charge (cf. no. 3 of schedule of fees of the Federal Archives cost regulations). The use of archives is only allowed in the reading room and governed by the reading room regulations.

Disabled access: Facilities for disabled people are available
Facilities for disabled persons:

groundfloor level access

Terms of use:

General information on access and use

Reader's ticket:

Benutzungsantrag (PDF)

Antrag auf Bildbenutzung beim Bundesarchiv (PDF)

Searchroom: 70 places
Ordering documents in advance:

Please use our online research tools in order to prepare your visit. Our staff members will be pleased to be of help in ordering records, that would be of interest for you, in advance.

Searchroom contact
E-mail address:
Webpage:
Telephone:
+49 261 505 0
Archives research service:

Basically, research and usage are conducted in Federal Archives offices by the user on the premises. Minor investigations are generally carried out by Federal Archives employees, but may be subject to a fee under certain conditions. A comprehensive and time-consuming search by the Archives personnel is in general not possible.

If you are unable to conduct your own investigations on the premises, it is possible to engage a private company to carry out the necessary work. If you engage a research agency, you are still required to submit a "Benutzungsantrag" [application form for readers]. It is recommended that the research agency be sent the filled out and signed pre-printed application form, who must hand this over, together with the agency’s own application form, to the Federal Archives at the commencement of research. By submitting the pre-printed application form, you undertake to comply with the regulations of the Federal Archives Act, the usage regulations and the Costs Directive.

Computer places: 70 places

All work places are provided with a computer with access to the internal data base of the Federal Archives. 10 work places additionally provide Internet access.

Microfilm/fiche readers: 20 places
Photograph allowance:
Public internet access: Available

Telekom Hot-Spot: access with your own Telekom account only

Library: 2.165.000 books, 2.500 titles
Library contact
E-mail address:
Webpage:
Telephone:
+49 3018 7770 791
Reproductions services:

In den Lesesälen des Bundesarchivs in Koblenz, Berlin-Lichterfelde und Freiburg können Sie mit Digitalkameras Aufnahmen von Archivgut als einfache Arbeitskopien unter bestimmten Bedingungen selbst erstellen. Details hierzu finden Sie in der Benutzersaalordnung für das Bundesarchiv. Die Herstellung von qualitativ hochwertigen Reproduktionen ist in diesen Dienststellen an die Firma Selke übertragen worden. Einzelheiten entnehmen Sie bitte unserer Homepage. Hier finden Sie auch Hinweise zu Unternehmen, die Reproduktionen besonderer Art für Sie anfertigen können.

Digitisation service: Available
Photocopying service: Available
Photographic service: Available
Microfilming service: Available
Reproductions service contact
E-mail address:
Webpage:
Telephone:
+49 261 505 0
Conservation laboratory:

The restoration laboratory of the Federal Archives is located in Berlin.

Refreshment area:

Visitors of the Federal Archives can either use the restaurant on-site or choose one of the restaurants in the nearby shopping centre.

Exhibition:

Wechselausstellungen

Guided tours:

Archivführung mit einer Einführung über die Aufgaben und Arbeitsweisen für Gruppen (mit vorheriger Anmeldung)

Other services:
ARCHIVES & HOLDINGS DESCRIPTION (See moreSee less)
Archival and other holdings:

The Federal Archives have the legal responsibility of permanently preserving the federal archival documents and making them available for use. This includes documents (files, papers, cartographic records, pictures, posters, films, sound recordings and machine-readable data) arising from the central institutions of the Holy Roman Empire (1495-1806), the German Confederation (1815-1866), the German Reich (1867/71-1945), the occupation zones (1945-1949), the German Democratic Republic (1949-1990) and the Federal Republic of Germany (since 1949). The Federal Archives decide whether these documents are assigned a lasting value for research into, or understanding of, German history, the ensuring of the legitimate interests of citizens or the provision of information for legislation, administration and jurisdiction.

The Foundation Archives of Parties and Mass Organisations of the GDR in the Federal Archives keeps the archives of the central leadership organs of the parties, unions and mass organisations of the GDR. It also looks after the Federal Archives Library, the core of which is formed by the library of the former Institute for Marxism-Leninism and other GDR service and organisation libraries.

The Federal Archives also collect personal papers of important personages, documents of parties, associations and societies of cross-regional importance, as well as published sources. Non-state records are acquired for the Federal Archives through an active acquisition and transfer policy. Defined collection profiles determine which personal papers and collections or papers of associations and parties, can meaningfully supplement the state archives.

Extent of holdings: 339.000 m
Date(s) of the holdings: 1848, 1849, 1945 - 1949, 1949 bis heute
History of the Archive:

1919: The Reich Archives are set up as a central archive after the stipulations of the Treaty of Versailles required the dissolution of many military authorities. The Reich Archives take over responsibility for the documents of all supreme state authorities from 1867/71 onwards, and from 1924 onwards also the archives of the German Confederation and the Imperial Chamber Court (Reichskammergericht), held in branch archives in Frankfurt am Main. In the course of time, the archives are supplemented by non-state records as well as photographic and film documents. The Reich Archives building was located on the Brauhausberg in Potsdam.

1935: The Reich Ministry of Propaganda sets up a Reich Film Archive at the Reich Archives in Potsdam.

1936: The Potsdam Army Archive is hived off from the Reich Archives as an independent institution.

1944/1945: The more valuable civil holdings of the Reich Archives are moved to external locations due to the war. The holdings which had not been removed were largely destroyed in an air attack in April 1945.

1946: In the GDR, the German Central Archives (Central State archives of the GDR since 1973) are set up, headquartered in the Orangery of the Palace of Sanssouci in Potsdam.

1952: On the basis of a Cabinet decision of 1950, the Federal Archives are set up in Koblenz as higher state authority, attached to the Federal Ministry of the Interior. The archives are initially housed in buildings formerly used by the Prussian Regierungspraesident (Dirstrict Officer), located directly on the banks of the Rhine.

1954: The previous Reich Archives branch in Frankfurt am Main, which contains the records of the German Confederation and the National Assembly of 1848/49, and the "Inseparable Assets" of the Imperial Chamber Court (Reichskammergericht), is integrated into the Federal Archives.

1955: The North Rhine-Westphalia Civil Register Archive for personnel documents of a military provenance is integrated into the Federal Archives as the Zentralnachweisstelle (Central Verification Office) based in Aachen-Kornelimuenster.

The Military Archive Department is set up in the Federal Archives.

The GDR State Film Archive is founded in Berlin.

1955/1956: The Central State Archive of the GDR moves into a building in the Berliner Strasse/ Tizianstrasse in 1955/1956. The State Archive Administration, a Department of the Ministry of the Interior, is also located here. The Potsdam Departments of the Federal Archives are headquartered here from 1990 until 1996.

1961: The Federal Archives move into a multi-storey building in the Koblenz inner city (Am Woellershof 12).

1964: The Military Archive of the GDR National People's Army (NVA) is founded in Potsdam (initially as the German Military Archive).

1965: The intermediate archives for Federal authorities files, headquartered in Sankt Augustin near Bonn since 1972, are set up in Bad Godesberg.

1968: The Military Archives Department of the Federal Archives is moved to Freiburg and incorporates the holdings of the Central Documents Office of the Agency for Research into Military History (Militaergeschichtliches Forschungsamt).

1974: A branch of the Federal Archives known as the "Memorial to Freedom Movements in German History" is opened in Rastatt.

1978: The Federal Archives are given the task of acting as a central film archive for all German film productions as a result of an administration agreement covering the Association of Cinema Library Facilities.

1979: A Cabinet decision of the Federal Government assigns the task of editing the Federal Government Cabinet minutes to the Federal Archives.

1986: The Federal Archives move into a newly built facility in Koblenz-Karthause.

1988: With the passing of the Law on the Preservation and Use of Federal Archival Documents (Bundesarchivgesetz) on the 6th of January 1988, general access to the Federal Archives and the responsibilities of the Federal Archives are for the first time placed on a sound legal footing.

1989: With the passing of the law on the central archiving of documents concerning legislation governing the after-effects of war, the Federal Archives set up a central Lastenausgleichsarchiv (archives on equalization of burdens) in Bayreuth.

1990: In the course of the reunification of Germany, the central archives of the GDR (Central State Archive and Military Archive in Potsdam, State Film Archive in Berlin) are integrated into the Federal Archives.

1992: The SED Party Archive and the FDGB Archive and other GDR organisations, together with their libraries, are integrated into the Foundation Archives of Parties and Mass Organisations of the GDR in the Federal Archives. The Foundation is headquartered in Berlin.

1994: Upon withdrawal of American troops from Berlin, the Federal Archives take over the Berlin Document Center including the NSDAP membership card index and personnel records of 62,000 SS officers after these have been recorded in their entirety on film.

1996: The Federal Archives occupy a property in the Finckensteinallee in Berlin-Lichterfelde to house the Potsdam departments, the former Document Center and the Foundation Archives of Parties and Mass Organisations of the GDR in the Federal Archives.

1997: Intermediate Archives for supreme state authorities in the Berlin area are opened in Hoppegarten, near Berlin.

The Federal Archives go online with their first Internet presence.

1998: The Federal Archives are moved into the area of responsibility of the newly setup Minister of State for Culture in the Federal Chancellery, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

1999: The Lastenausgleichsarchiv (archives on equalization of burdens) in Bayreuth moves into the renovated former city hospital, which has been extended by building a stacking centre.

2000: The records of the Central Office of the State Justice Administration for the Investigation of National Socialist Crimes are integrated into the newly founded Ludwigsburg branch archive of the Federal Archives.

The Frankfurt branch archive is closed, and the records of the central organs of the German Confederation, including the documents concerning the National Assembly of 1848/49, are removed to Koblenz.

2001: In Hoppegarten, one of the most modern mechanical deacidification plants for the protection of archive documents threatened by deterioration is opened by a commercial company in the course of a privatisation concept.

2002: Work is started in Hoppegarten on a holdings preservation centre with special stacking centres for the storing of cellulose nitrate films and workshops for film processing and the restoration and conservation of archives of all kinds, as well as for their filming and digitalisation.

The Federal Archives celebrate their first 50 years of existence at a ceremony in Berlin attended by the Federal President and at a commemorative event in Koblenz.

The Central database for personal papers (ZDN) is made available in the Internet.

2003: The first Federal Archives online inventories are made available in the Internet.

The online edition of the Federal Government Cabinet minutes is presented to the press and the media in the Federal Chancellery.

2005: In Hoppegarten, the new facilities for film storage and restoration are taken into service. The Zentralnachweisstelle (Central Verification Office) in Aachen-Kornelimünster is closed.

In the Internet, the Notfallregister Archive NORA (Central Emergency Register Archives) is set up as a tool for prevention of catastrophes to German archives.

2007: In the course of the retro-conversion programme for the digitalisation of inventories and card indexes, the millionth title is digitalised.

In Berlin-Lichterfelde work is started on the Ernst Posner Building, with stacking centres and a receiving area for the Berlin Federal Archives, as well as the restoration of the former barracks, which will house a reading room and offices.

The Federal Archives digital picture archive goes online in the Federal Chancellery.

2008: The 2006 second, considerably extended, edition of the remembrance book "Victims of the persecution of the Jews" is made available in the Internet for online research.

2009: In Berlin-Lichterfelde, the keys of the Ernst Posner Building are handed over. Until September 2010 over 110 km of archives and libraries are relocated.

Date of the archives foundation: 1952
Archives act:

Die Bundesregierung errichtet auf Beschluss von 1950 das Bundesarchiv Obere Bundesbehörde im Geschäftsbereich des Bundesministeriums des Innern.

Archive departments:

Central Administration Department (Department Z)

Department General archival matters and sience (Department GW)

Department Federal Republic of Germany (Department B)

Department German Reich (Department R)

Department Military Archives (Department MA)

Department Film Archives (Department FA)

Department German Democratic Republic (Department DDR)

Foundation Archives of Parties and Mass Organisations of the GDR in the Federal Archives (SAPMO)

Department Technics, Digital Archives and Central Archival Services

Archive building:

The Federal Archives in Koblenz were founded in 1952. The building in vicinity of the then capital Bonn first was only meant as an interim solution. When the construction works for the current building started in 1982, it became a permanent one: it is functional and with optimised conditions for storing the archival material and for working.

Lengthshelf available: 339.000 m

Bundesarchiv Berlin-Lichterfelde (Branch)

CONTACT DETAILS (See moreSee less)
Visitors Address: Finckensteinallee 63, 12205 Berlin
Region/Autonomous authority:

Berlin

Postal address: Postfach 45 05 69, 12175 Berlin
Country:

Deutschland

E-mail address:
Telephone:
+49 3018 7770 0
Fax:
+49 3018 7770 111
Role of the archive:
Branch
ACCESS & SERVICE INFORMATION (See moreSee less)
Opening hours:

Archive: Monday - Thursday: 8am - 7pm, Friday: 8am to 4pm

Library: Monday - Thursday: 9am - 7pm, Friday: 9am to 4pm

Closing dates:

at weekends and national holidays

Directions:

S 25, RE 3, RE 4 oder RE 5 bis "S Lichterfelde-Ost", dann Bus 184 Richtung "U Krumme Lanke" bis Haltestelle "Bundesarchiv" oder S 1 bis "S Sundgauer Str.", dann Bus 184 Richtung "Flughafen Tempelhof" bis Haltestelle "Bundesarchiv"

See travel information

Access conditions: Accessible to the public
Disabled access: Facilities for disabled people are available
Facilities for disabled persons:

groundfloor level access

Reader's ticket:

Benutzungsrantrag (PDF)

Benutzungsantrag (PDF)

Antrag auf Bildbenutzung beim Bundesarchiv (PDF)

Searchroom: 150 places
Ordering documents in advance:

Please use our online research tools in order to prepare your visit. Our staff members will be pleased to be of help in ordering records, that would be of interest for you, in advance.

Searchroom contact
E-mail address:
Webpage:
Telephone:
+49 3018 7770 0
Computer places: 150 places

All work places are provided with a computer with access to the internal data base of the Federal Archives. 20 work places additionally provide Internet access.

Microfilm/fiche readers: 30 places
Photograph allowance:
Public internet access: Available

Telekom Hot-Spot: access with your own Telekom account only

Reproductions services:

In den Lesesälen des Bundesarchivs in Koblenz, Berlin-Lichterfelde und Freiburg können Sie mit Digitalkameras Aufnahmen von Archivgut als einfache Arbeitskopien unter bestimmten Bedingungen selbst erstellen. Details hierzu finden Sie in der Benutzersaalordnung für das Bundesarchiv. Die Herstellung von qualitativ hochwertigen Reproduktionen ist in diesen Dienststellen an die Firma Selke übertragen worden. Einzelheiten entnehmen Sie bitte unserer Homepage. Hier finden Sie auch Hinweise zu Unternehmen, die Reproduktionen besonderer Art für Sie anfertigen können.

Digitisation service: Available
Photocopying service: Available
Photographic service: Available
Microfilming service: Available
Reproductions service contact
E-mail address:
Webpage:
Telephone:
+49 3018 7770 0
Conservation laboratory:

Das Bundesarchiv verfügt über hochspezialisierte eigene Werkstätten für die Bestandserhaltung historischer Filme. In den Arbeitsbereichen Befundung und Restaurierung, Lichtbestimmung, Tonstudio, Kopierung, Entwicklung und Labor arbeiten rund vierzig Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter, darunter regelmäßig Auszubildende für Film- und Videotechnik.

Conservation laboratory contact
E-mail address:
Webpage:
Telephone:
+49 3018 7770 0
Refreshment area:

Visitors of the Federal Archives can use the restaurant on-site and a break room with vending machines for coffee and snacks

Exhibition:

Wechselausstellungen

Guided tours:

Archivführung mit einer Einführung über die Aufgaben und Arbeitsweisen für Gruppen (mit vorheriger Anmeldung)

Other services:
ARCHIVES & HOLDINGS DESCRIPTION (See moreSee less)
Archival and other holdings:

In den früheren Andrews Barracks in Berlin-Lichterfelde ist in unmittelbarer Nähe zur Freien Universität seit dem Abzug der amerikanischen Truppen aus Berlin 1995 mit den Abteilungen R (Deutsches Reich), DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik) und SAPMO (Stiftung Archiv der Parteien und Massenorganisationen der DDR) ein Campus für die Erforschung von Spuren der jüngeren deutschen Geschichte entstanden.

Date(s) of the holdings: 1867/71 - 1945, 1949 - 1990

Bundesarchiv Bayreuth (Lastenausgleichsarchiv) (Branch)

CONTACT DETAILS (See moreSee less)
Visitors Address: Dr.-Franz-Straße 1, 95445 Bayreuth
Region/Autonomous authority:

Bayreuth

Postal address: Postfach 50 25, 95424 Bayreuth
Country:

Deutschland

E-mail address:
Telephone:
+49 921 4601 0
Fax:
+49 921 4601 111
Role of the archive:
Branch
ACCESS & SERVICE INFORMATION (See moreSee less)
Opening hours:

Monday - Thursday: 8am - 5pm, Friday 8am - 3pm

Closing dates:

at weekends and national holidays

Directions:

Linie 302, 303 oder 305 vom Hauptbahnhof bis ZOH, mit 306 bis Haltestelle „Kulmbacher Straße“.

See travel information

Access conditions: Accessible to the public
Disabled access: Facilities for disabled people are available
Facilities for disabled persons:

groundfloor level access

Reader's ticket:

Benutzungsantrag (PDF)

Antrag auf Bildbenutzung beim Bundesarchiv (PDF)

Searchroom: 28 places
Ordering documents in advance:

Please use our online research tools in order to prepare your visit. Our staff members will be pleased to be of help in ordering records, that would be of interest for you, in advance.

Archives research service:

Basically, research and usage are conducted in Federal Archives offices by the user on the premises. Minor investigations are generally carried out by Federal Archives employees, but may be subject to a fee under certain conditions. A comprehensive and time-consuming search by the Archives personnel is in general not possible.

If you are unable to conduct your own investigations on the premises, it is possible to engage a private company to carry out the necessary work. If you engage a research agency, you are still required to submit a "Benutzungsantrag" [application form for readers]. It is recommended that the research agency be sent the filled out and signed pre-printed application form, who must hand this over, together with the agency’s own application form, to the Federal Archives at the commencement of research. By submitting the pre-printed application form, you undertake to comply with the regulations of the Federal Archives Act, the usage regulations and the Costs Directive.

Photograph allowance:
Public internet access: Available

Telekom Hot-Spot: access with your own Telekom account only

Reproductions services: No reproduction services available
Conservation laboratory: No conservation laboratory available
ARCHIVES & HOLDINGS DESCRIPTION (See moreSee less)
Archival and other holdings:

Als umfangreichsten Bestand verwahrt das Lastenausgleichsarchiv die Akten der Ausgleichsverwaltung (mehr als 30.000 lfm): Sie dokumentieren die Schäden der Vertriebenen und Flüchtlinge aus den ehemaligen Ostgebieten des Deutschen Reiches sowie den deutschen Siedlungsgebieten in Ost- und Südosteuropa nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg. Vollständig überliefert sind die Feststellungsakten der Ausgleichsämter zu Schäden an landwirtschaftlichem, Grund- und Betriebsvermögen.

Einzigartig ist darüber hinaus die in den 1950er Jahren entstandene Ost-Dokumentation (ca. 145 lfm). In rund 30.000 Berichten werden die Erlebnisse der Menschen in den letzten Monaten des Zweiten Weltkrieges sowie die Wirtschafts- und Lebensverhältnisse in den ehemaligen Ostgebieten lebendig. Erhalten sind: Fragebogen- und Erlebnisberichte zur Dokumentation der Vertreibung der Deutschen aus Ostmittel- und Südosteuropa, Unterlagen zur Flucht über die Ostsee, Berichte über Verwaltung, Wirtschaft und zum Zeitgeschehen 1919-1945 in den Gebieten östlich von Oder und Neiße, Berichte über das Leben der deutschen Volksgruppen in der Tschechoslowakei (1918-1945). Hinzu kommen mehr als 15.000 sog. Gemeindeseelenlisten, mit denen die Bevölkerung der ehemaligen Gemeinden östlich von Oder und Neiße rekonstruiert wurde.

Weitere Bestände umfassen die Heimatauskunftstellen, das Hauptamt für Soforthilfe/Bundesausgleichsamt mit seinen Maßnahmen zur Linderung der unmittelbaren Not nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg und zur Entschädigung und Integration der Flüchtlinge und Vertriebenen, sowie die Unterlagen des Kirchlichen Suchdiensts, der von 1945 bis 2015 für die Ermittlung und Betreuung deutscher ziviler Vermisster und Spätaussiedler im Rahmen der Vertreibungen infolge des Zweiten Weltkriegs zuständig war.

Extent of holdings: 46.000 m
Date(s) of the holdings: 1867/71 - 1945, 1949 - 1990

Bundesarchiv Berlin-Wilmersdorf (Filmarchiv) (Branch)

CONTACT DETAILS (See moreSee less)
Visitors Address: Fehrbelliner Platz 3, 10707 Berlin
Region/Autonomous authority:

Berlin

Country:

Deutschland

E-mail address:
Telephone:
+49 3018 7770 0
Fax:
+49 3018 7770 999
Role of the archive:
Branch
ACCESS & SERVICE INFORMATION (See moreSee less)
Opening hours:

Monday - Thursday: 8am - 3pm, Friday: 8am - 1:30pm

Closing dates:

at weekends and national holidays

Directions:

U 3 oder U 7 bis „Fehrbelliner Platz“.

See travel information

Access conditions: Accessible to the public
Disabled access: Facilities for disabled people are available
Facilities for disabled persons:

groundfloor level access

Reader's ticket:

Benutzungsantrag (PDF)

Searchroom: 8 places
Ordering documents in advance:

Please use our online research tools in order to prepare your visit. Our staff members will be pleased to be of help in ordering records, that would be of interest for you, in advance.

Photograph allowance:
Public internet access: Available

Telekom Hot-Spot: access with your own Telekom account only

Reproductions services: No reproduction services available
Conservation laboratory:

Das Bundesarchiv verfügt über hochspezialisierte eigene Werkstätten für die Bestandserhaltung historischer Filme. In den Arbeitsbereichen Befundung und Restaurierung, Lichtbestimmung, Tonstudio, Kopierung, Entwicklung und Labor arbeiten rund vierzig Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter, darunter regelmäßig Auszubildende für Film- und Videotechnik.

Conservation laboratory contact
E-mail address:
Webpage:
Telephone:
+49 3018 7770 0
ARCHIVES & HOLDINGS DESCRIPTION (See moreSee less)
Archival and other holdings:

The Federal Film Archive has also been located in Berlin since 1990, and since then combines the previously separated film archives of East and West Germany. All non-technical organisational units of the Film Archive occupy two floors in a neoclassical administration building in the Fehrbelliner Platz in Berlin-Wilmersdorf.

Date(s) of the holdings: 1867/71 - 1945, 1949 - 1990

Bundesarchiv Freiburg (Militärarchiv) (Branch)

CONTACT DETAILS (See moreSee less)
Visitors Address: Wiesentalstraße 10, 79115 Freiburg
Region/Autonomous authority:

Freiburg

Country:

Deutschland

E-mail address:
Telephone:
+49 761 47817 0
Fax:
+49 761 47817 900
Role of the archive:
Branch
ACCESS & SERVICE INFORMATION (See moreSee less)
Opening hours:

Monday - Thursday: 8am - 6pm, Friday: 8am - 4pm

Closing dates:

At weekends and national holidays

Directions:

A 5, Ausfahrt Freiburg Süd (nach Ortseingangsschild Freiburg rechts); vom Hauptbahnhof mit Buslinie 11 Richtung „St. Georgen“ bis „Schopfheimer Straße“ oder Straßenbahnlinie 3 Richtung „Vauban“ bis „Peter-Thumb-Straße“

See travel information

Access conditions: Accessible to the public
Disabled access: Facilities for disabled people are available
Facilities for disabled persons:

groundfloor level access

Reader's ticket:

Benutzungsantrag (PDF)

Searchroom: 25 places
Ordering documents in advance:

Please use our online research tools in order to prepare your visit. Our staff members will be pleased to be of help in ordering records, that would be of interest for you, in advance.

Archives research service:

Basically, research and usage are conducted in Federal Archives offices by the user on the premises. Minor investigations are generally carried out by Federal Archives employees, but may be subject to a fee under certain conditions. A comprehensive and time-consuming search by the Archives personnel is in general not possible.

If you are unable to conduct your own investigations on the premises, it is possible to engage a private company to carry out the necessary work. If you engage a research agency, you are still required to submit a "Benutzungsantrag" [application form for readers]. It is recommended that the research agency be sent the filled out and signed pre-printed application form, who must hand this over, together with the agency’s own application form, to the Federal Archives at the commencement of research. By submitting the pre-printed application form, you undertake to comply with the regulations of the Federal Archives Act, the usage regulations and the Costs Directive.

Photograph allowance:
Public internet access: Available

Telekom Hot-Spot: access with your own Telekom account only

Reproductions services: No reproduction services available
Conservation laboratory: No conservation laboratory available
ARCHIVES & HOLDINGS DESCRIPTION (See moreSee less)
Archival and other holdings:

The holdings of the Military Archive Department comprise the documents (particularly files, cartographic materials, construction plans, photographs) of state military facilities from the year 1867 up to the present: The remaining documents of the Prussian-German Army, the Kaiserliche Marine (Imperial Navy), the Schutztruppen (Colonial Force), and Freikorps, the Reichswehr and the Wehrmacht. Moreover, documents pertaining to the Nationale Volksarmee (National People's Army, NVA) and the Grenztruppen (Border Troops) of the GDR are archived in Freiburg. The greatest part of the documentation preserved in the Military Archive Department comes from the Federal Ministry of Defence and its subordinate military and civil areas. Many personal papers of German military personnel and related collections pertaining to German military history since the middle of the 19th Century round off the records profile.

Date(s) of the holdings: 1867/71 - 1945, 1949 bis heute

Bundesarchiv Hoppegarten (Interim archive)

CONTACT DETAILS (See moreSee less)
Visitors Address: Lindenallee 55-57, 15366 Hoppegarten
Region/Autonomous authority:

Hoppegarten

Country:

Deutschland

E-mail address:
Telephone:
+49 3018 7770 0
Fax:
+49 761 3018 7770 582
Role of the archive:
Interim archive
ACCESS & SERVICE INFORMATION (See moreSee less)
Opening hours:

Visit only upon prior arrangement

Directions:

S 5 Richtung Strausberg bis Haltestelle „Birkenstein“, von da aus Fußweg ca. 15 Minuten.

See travel information

Access conditions: Accessible to the public
Disabled access: Facilities for disabled people are available
Facilities for disabled persons:

groundfloor level access

Reader's ticket:

Benutzungsantrag (PDF)

Antrag auf Bildbenutzung beim Bundesarchiv (PDF)

Ordering documents in advance:

Please use our online research tools in order to prepare your visit. Our staff members will be pleased to be of help in ordering records, that would be of interest for you, in advance.

Photograph allowance:
Public internet access: Not Available
Reproductions services: No reproduction services available
Conservation laboratory: No conservation laboratory available
ARCHIVES & HOLDINGS DESCRIPTION (See moreSee less)
Archival and other holdings:

Zwischenarchiv für die Überlieferung der obersten Bundesbehörden und Magazin für Cellulosenitratfilme

Bundesarchiv Ludwigsburg (Branch)

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Visitors Address: Schorndorfer Straße 58, 71638 Ludwigsburg
Region/Autonomous authority:

Ludwigsburg

Country:

Deutschland

E-mail address:
Telephone:
+49 7141 8992 83
Fax:
+49 7141 8992 12
Role of the archive:
Branch
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Opening hours:

Monday - Thursday: 8am - 4pm, Friday: 8am - 2pm

Closing dates:

at weekends and national holidays

Directions:

Buslinie 425, 431 oder 433 ab Bahnhof/Busbahnhof bis „Schorndorfer Tor“

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Access conditions: Accessible to the public
Disabled access: Facilities for disabled people are available
Facilities for disabled persons:

groundfloor level access

Reader's ticket:

Benutzungsantrag (PDF)

Antrag auf Bildbenutzung beim Bundesarchiv (PDF)

Searchroom: 8 places
Ordering documents in advance:

Please use our online research tools in order to prepare your visit. Our staff members will be pleased to be of help in ordering records, that would be of interest for you, in advance.

Photograph allowance:
Public internet access: Available

Telekom Hot-Spot: access with your own Telekom account only

Reproductions services: No reproduction services available
Conservation laboratory: No conservation laboratory available
Exhibition:

In unmittelbarer Nachbarschaft zum Dienst- bzw. Archivgebäude befindet sich das 1760 als Wacht- und Zollhaus erbaute Schorndorfer Torhaus. Hier präsentiert das Bundesarchiv seit September 2004 eine ständige Ausstellung über die juristische Aufarbeitung von NS-Verbrechen.

Other services:

Für Schüler und Lehrer bietet die Außenstelle des Bundesarchivs ein spezielles pädagogisch-didaktisches Angebot als außerschulischer Lernort an.

ARCHIVES & HOLDINGS DESCRIPTION (See moreSee less)
Archival and other holdings:

Das am Dienstort Ludwigsburg verwahrte Archivgut bietet einen nahezu vollständigen Überblick über die an bundesdeutschen Staatsanwaltschaften und Gerichten seit 1958 anhängig gewesenen NS-Verfahren. Neben ihrer justizgeschichtlichen Bedeutung sind die Unterlagen auch ein aussagekräftiger Quellenbestand für die historische Erforschung der nationalsozialistischen Vernichtungspolitik sowie einzelner, auf bestimmte Personen, Orte und Institutionen oder Einheiten bezogener Verbrechen. Sammlungen von amtlichem Schriftgut aus der NS-Zeit sowie Anklage- und Urteilsschriften und darüber hinaus Hunderttausende Aussageprotokolle von Beschuldigten, Zeugen und Opfern bieten der Forschung vielfältige Nutzungsmöglichkeiten.

Detaillierte Karteisysteme ermöglichen die Recherche nach Personen (700.000), nach Ortsangaben (26.000) und nach der Zugehörigkeit zu zivilen, parteiamtlichen, polizeilichen, militärischen und anderen Einrichtungen und Einheiten (4.200) bis auf die Ebene einzelner Dokumente. Eine Übersicht über Ermittlungsverfahren enthält mehr als 100.000 Beschuldigte in NS-Verfahren sowie Angaben zu Tatvorwürfen, Tatorten und der Beteiligung verdächtigter Institutionen oder Einheiten.

Date(s) of the holdings: 1867/71 - 1945, 1949 bis heute

Bundesarchiv Rastatt (Erinnerungsstätte für die Freiheitsbewegungen in der deutschen Geschichte) (Branch)

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Visitors Address: Herrenstraße 18 (Schloss), 76437 Rastatt
Region/Autonomous authority:

Rastatt

Country:

Deutschland

E-mail address:
Webpage:
Telephone:
+49 7222 77139 0
Fax:
+49 7222 77139 7
Role of the archive:
Branch
ACCESS & SERVICE INFORMATION (See moreSee less)
Opening hours:

Sunday - Thursday: 9:30am - 5pm (last admission 4:30pm), Friday: 9:30am - 2pm (last admission 1:30pm)

Closing dates:

closed on Saturdays

Directions:

A 5 Ausfahrt Rastatt, B 3/B 36 stadteinwärts bis Herrenstraße/Schloss. Fußweg vom Bahnhof (15 Minuten): Bahnhofstraße bis BadnerHalle, Herrenstraße/Schloss

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Access conditions: Accessible to the public
Disabled access: Facilities for disabled people are available
Facilities for disabled persons:

groundfloor level access

Photograph allowance:
Yes
Public internet access: Available
Reproductions services: No reproduction services available
Conservation laboratory: No conservation laboratory available
Exhibition:

Die Dauerausstellung zeigt das jahrhundertelange Ringen der Deutschen um Freiheit, Demokratie und Einheit. Den Besucher erwartet eine lebendige Ausstellung mit den Schwerpunkten "Die Revolution von 1848/49" und "Wir sind das Volk! Freiheitsbewegungen in der DDR 1949-1989".

Guided tours:
Other services:

Für Gruppen und Schulklassen werden Führungen mit unterschiedlichen Schwerpunkten angeboten, für den Unterricht in der Ausstellung stehen verschiedene Arbeitsmaterialien zur Verfügung.

ARCHIVES & HOLDINGS DESCRIPTION (See moreSee less)
Archival and other holdings:

A branch archive of the Federal Archives known as the "Memorial to Freedom Movements in German History" was opened in the baroque Palace of Rastatt in 1974 following encouragement by the then Federal President Gustav W. Heinemann.

Bundesarchiv Sankt Augustin (Interim archive)

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Visitors Address: Bundesgrenzschutzstraße 100, 53757 Sankt Augustin
Region/Autonomous authority:

Sankt Augustin

Country:

Deutschland

E-mail address:
Telephone:
+49 22899 74000 0
Fax:
+49 22899 74000 33
Role of the archive:
Interim archive
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Opening hours:

Visit only upon prior arrangement

Directions:

S-Bahn-Linie 66 ab Bonn bis „Hangelar-Mitte“ (10 Min. Fußweg)

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Access conditions: Accessible to the public
Disabled access: Facilities for disabled people are available
Facilities for disabled persons:

groundfloor level access

Reader's ticket:

Benutzerantrag zum Download

Ordering documents in advance:

Bitte nutzen Sie die Recherche im Archivgut zur Vorbereitung auf Ihren Besuch bei uns. Gerne helfen Ihnen unsere Mitarbeiter bei einer Vorabbestellung der für Ihren Forschungszweck interessanten Unterlagen.

Photograph allowance:
No
Public internet access: Not Available
Reproductions services: No reproduction services available
Conservation laboratory: No conservation laboratory available
ARCHIVES & HOLDINGS DESCRIPTION (See moreSee less)
Archival and other holdings:

The records office in Sankt Augustin-Hangelar was set up in 1971 to archive the ministerial papers of the supreme state authorities in Bonn.

Extent of holdings: 43.000 m
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Digital Picture Archives of the Federal Archives
Filmothek - Digital Film Portal
Library catalogue
ARGUS - Research application for collections of SAPMO and Department DDR
Benutzungsmedien Film online - Research application for the film archive
Edition "Records of the Chancellory. Weimar Republic"
Edition "Minutes of the Cabinet meetings of the Federal Republic of Germany"
Source guide history of 'euthanasia' 1939-1945
Portal "Forced Labour in the National Socialist State"
Virtual exhibitions
Name of the archive (in other languages):

The Federal Archives

Alternative / previous name(s) of the archive:

Reichsarchiv (1919 - 1945)

Reichsfilmarchiv (1935 - 1945)

Deutsches Zentralarchiv (1946 - 1973)

Zentrales Staatsarchiv (1973 - 1990)

Type of archive:

National archives

Last update: 10.01.2018
Archival Material