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Federal Republic of Germany (from 1949)

Access may be gained in the Federal Archives to the national archives of central civilian and military bodies of the Federal Republic of Germany. It contains audio-visual sources as well as current records in conventional and digital form, and is supplemented by collections and records of private origin. Furthermore the Federal Archives edits the Cabinet records of the Federal Government in academic form.

The holdings of the Federal Archive comprise

The Federal Archives also has at its disposal

The Federal Government and the federal administration, as well as military bodies and associations, transfer their records to the Federal Archives. The records of the Foreign Office are accessible in the Political Archive of the Foreign Office. The German Bundestag (Parliament) and the Bundesrat (upper house of the German Parliament) maintain their own archives. With a few exceptions, the current records of federal authorities with regional responsibility are accessible in state archives.

You will find further information on the reference pages Official printed archives, Library, Pictures and posters, Film, Maps, plans and technical drawings, Military bodies and associations, Personal papers and Collections .

Special groups

Research options

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.

Reference locations

Several places provide a reference service for the Federal Archives: