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Please note the following information for the citation of archive material from the Federal Archives in your academic work or publication.



General Information

The reference code of archive material is made up of three parts:

  1. The official abbreviation for the Federal Archives is “BArch”. Please only use this abbreviation to avoid misunderstandings.
  2. The archive reference code (= fonds reference and – separated by a forward slash – the archive number).
  3. You should also indicate the folio or page number where available. In the case of foliation, each leaf is numbered. In the case of pagination, each individual side of a sheet is numbered (front and back).


  • BArch, N 1006/432, fol. 13 (or fol. 3ff. or fol. 12-15)
  • BArch, N 1773/1, p. 77 (or S. 77)
  • BArch, RW 19/234, fol. 4.

If you also wish to indicate the fonds description, please write:

  • BArch, RW 19 (OKW/Wehrwirtschafts- und Rüstungsamt)/234, fol. 4.

For Images

The guidelines for images are slightly different, as the author must be named as well. Please cite in the following order:

  1. The official abbreviation for the Federal Archives, "BArch"
  2. The image number and – separated by a forward slash –
  3. The author.


  • BArch, Bild 183-85458-0001 / Junge, Peter Heinz
  • BArch, B 198 Bild-2016-0922-002 / Weber, Günter