Österreichisches Staatsarchiv–Archiv der Republik

  • Austrian State Archives - Archives of the Republic

History

Over the years, dating back to the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, efforts have been made to centralize archival institutions of Austria. Between 1940 and 1945 significant work was done to centralize these state archives, while Austria was part of Germany's Third Reich. In 1983 the "Archiv der Republik" was founded as part of the Austrian archival system. Consequently other departments of the State Archives had to transfer to it their official records of the First Republic, the National-Socialist era and the Second Republic. In 1981 a new building was created in Vienna-Erdberg (Nottendorfer Gasse 2-4, 1030 Vienna); today it holds the General Directorate, the restoration workshop, the central library of the State Archives and the following archival departments: Allgemeines Verwaltungsarchiv, Archiv der Republik, Kriegsarchiv and Finanz- und Hofkammerarchiv.

Archival and Other Holdings

The Archiv der Republik, the archive of contemporary Austrian history, is responsible for the records of the central services of the Austrian federal administration (President’s Chancellery, Federal Chancellery, federal ministries, central agencies and subordinate offices of the ministries and the Federal Chancellery), since the creation of the Republic of Austria in 1918. The holdings, which total 66,000 linear metres, are organized into 22 record groups, subsequently organized by contents. Though not technically belonging to the Republic of Austria, records from the Nazi period are found in the Archiv der Republik.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

Online research through the Austrian State Archives is possible with their online database, the "archive information system".

Researchers and those interested in the Archives may use the reading rooms, upon filling out a user request form ("Forscherbogen") and paying a fee (€10 for a 5-day pass). Additional rules and restrictions regarding the use of the Archives are available online.

Sources

  • Ardey Verlag / Verband deutscher Archivare: Archive in Deutschland,Österreich und der Schweiz (2006),Österreich