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German Reich: Kaiserreich (1871-1918) including North German Confederation (1867-1871)

Access may be gained in the Federal Archives to the national archives of central civilian and military bodies of the North German Confederation and the German Kaiserreich. It is supplemented by

The archives are incomplete, primarily due to the impact of war. Some record groups are located in foreign archives.

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

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:

Berlin-Lichterfelde
Berlin-Wilmersdorf
Koblenz
Freiburg