Welcome to the Archives Portal Europe

The Archives Portal Europe provides access to information on archival material from different European countries as well as information on archival institutions throughout the continent.

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  • 49,186,465 descriptive units of archives
  • 1,012 persons and entities
  • 640 institutions

Lithuania: The Baltic Way – human chain linking three Baltic states, 1989

On 23 August 1989, almost one million people joined hands to form an over 600 kilometre-long human chain across the three Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

A piece of German-Hungarian history: Hungary, "The gap in the Iron Curtain"

25 years ago, socialist Hungary did much for the elimination of the Cold War's confrontation and for the enforcement of human rights. These merits were also recognised by the European Parliament.

The Dragon Order - the second secular order of Hungary

King Sigismund of Luxembourg and Queen Borbála Cillei founded the Order on the occasion of the victory over Bosnia, with the sign of a dragon. The name of the Order refers to one of the most popular medieval legends, namely St George's struggle with the dragon. The constitution of the Order of the Dragon was approved by Pope Eugene IV on 24 July 1433.

Spain: The Treaties of Utrecht

The Treaties of Utrecht, also known as the Peace of Utrecht or treaties of Utrecht and Rastatt, are a series of multilateral treaties signed by the belligerents in the War of Spanish Succession between 1712 and 1714.

Sweden: Appointment of ambassador to The Netherlands, 1614

Sweden's first permanent embassy was opened in The Hague in 1614 under the reign of Gustav II Adolf. The reason behind choosing the Netherlands came quite natural, since the relations with that country was of great importance to Sweden's foreign politics.

The Netherlands: Treaty between the King of Sweden and the Republic of the Netherlands, 1614

The 1614 treaty between The Netherlands and Sweden was an immediate result of the Kalmar wars of 1611-1613, which resulted in a ban on all Dutch traffic to Sweden. In order to secure free entrance to the Baltic, the Dutch entered anti-Danish alliances with the Hanseatic league in 1613 and with Sweden in 1614.

Joint access to European archives

By giving access to archival material from all over Europe, the Archives Portal Europe provides the opportunity to detect common relations in a comprehensive approach while at the same time reflecting the diversity of national and regional developments. Read more...

Years of collaboration and development

The Archives Portal Europe is made available through our technical investment. In particular, we have spent a considerable amount of time developing standards and tools to manage highly complex data. Read more...

Combined search facilities

In addition to a simple full text search, the Archives Portal Europe offers an advanced search concentrating on aspects such as dates as well as a navigated search for browsing through the archival material. All approaches can be followed separately or in combination. Read more...

Contact details and services

Within the section "Directory", information such as contact details or opening hours of the archival institutions can be consulted. This not only includes those institutions already featuring their archival material in the Archives Portal Europe, but also other institutions from the participating countries. Read more...