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Personal papers

The national archives in the Federal Archives is supplemented by personal papers on German history. These consist of personal records and papers belonging to people of national importance or influence

The Federal Archives only collects original personal papers. Duplicate holdings are not accepted, unless such holdings are absolutely essential for research according to the collection profile of the Federal Archives and otherwise accessible only under unacceptable conditions (e.g. if the original is kept outside Germany or in not generally accessible facilities). As a rule, the Federal Archives does not accept individual copies, particularly in the case of unsure origin.

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Advices for reference

The regulations governing the use of the reference service are contained in the Federal Archives Act (BArchG), the Federal Archives access regulations, the Federal Archives cost regulations and the reading room regulations of the Federal Archives. Please note that specific legal and contractual provisions may apply in the case of access to personal records and archives of private origin with copyright implications. The terms specified in § 5 of the Federal Archives Act must be observed for archives relating to individual persons.

Reference locations

Several places provide a reference service for the Federal Archives:

Berlin-Lichterfelde
Koblenz
Freiburg
Ludwigsburg
Bayreuth