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Holy Roman Empire (1495-1806)

Access may be gained in the Federal Archives to the national archives of central organisations of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation.

The holdings of the Federal Archives comprise

The Federal Archives only has the general files and the so-called "indivisible remainder" of the procedural files of the Imperial Chamber Court. The case files of the Imperial Chamber Court were divided along territorial lines in 1821 and are now located in over fifty German and foreign archives. The archival records and materials from the Old Reich are kept in the Austrian State Archives in Vienna and in some national and private archives in southern Germany and northern Italy.

You will find further information on the reference page Collections.

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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.

Reference locations

Reference service for the Federal Archives is provided in Berlin-Lichterfelde.