Burgenländisches Landesarchiv

  • Burgenland State Archives
  • BLA

History

The archive holds records and documents regarding activities of the Office of the Provincial Government of Burgenland, files, maps, plans, microfilm, diagrams, photos, etc. on the both local and national history. The archive was informally created in 1922. On 1 October 1945, after World War II and the creation of Austria as an independent nation, the Landesarchiv and Landesbibliothek became an independent division of the Austrian government.

Archival and Other Holdings

The holdings of the archive include various administrative, governmental and court documents from before 1922 (Forschungsarchiv) as well as after 1922 (Bezirksgerichte und Bezirkshauptmannschaften Archiv). A gap of material does exist, however, between the critical period of 1938 and 1945, when Burgenland did not exist as an independent state. Administrative records from this time period can be found in the Niederösterreichischen Landesarchiv (northern districts) and the Steiermärkischen Landesarchiv (southern districts).

Among others contains restitution holdings: Opferfürsorge-Akten Burgenland (applications to the Opferfürsorgegesetz of deceased applicants), restriction: 50 year retention period

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

An overview of the collections is available online, listed as so: Forschungsarchiv (with extensive description of inventory), Bezirksgerichte und Bezirkshauptmannschaften Archiv (with Online-Grundbuch); Landesregierungsarchiv; Landtagsarchiv [http://www.burgenland.at/kultur/landesarchiv/bestaende]

Archive materials are generally accessible to the public (outside of the 50 year retention period). Use of the archive is complimentary, though photocopies require payment.

Sources

    • YV/ClaimsCon'06
    • Ardey Verlag / Verband deutscher Archivare: Archive in Deutschland,Österreich und der Schweiz (2006),Österreich
    • online search/ http://www.burgenland.at/kultur/landesarchiv
    • Claims Conference Compensation Archives