- Berlin State Archive
The establishment of the Berlin's Landesarchiv, in a modern sense of the term, is considered to be 1808. During WWII collections of the archives were dispersed, so as to avoid destruction; and later after the war in the 1950s/60s the surviving collections were returned.In 1991, the Landesarchiv merged with the Stadtarchiv in Berlin. In 2000, the Landesarchiv discovered valuable additions by integrating the Archivabteilung der Landesbildstelle and the Archiv der Internationalen Bauausstellung (IBA).It is also considered an audio-visual media archive of Berlin.
The holdings of the Archive are generally organized into A through F-Bestände, organized both by time period and content. The A-Bestände includes records up until 1945, thus including historically relevant material. Online collection descriptions indicate the presence of several World War II and National Socialism-related records, including administrative records, individual records and photo collections from this time period. Among others contains restitution- and/or compensation-related materials: 1. Wiedergutmachungsämter: Rückerstattungsanordnung (REAO), Bundesrückerstattungsgesetz (BrüG); 2. Der Treuhänder der Amerikanischen, Britischen, Französischen Militärregierung für zwangsübertragene Vermögen/Haupttreuhänder für Rückerstattungsvermögen (viel unerschlossen), 3.Landgericht Berlin, Archiv für Wiedergutmachung; closed files
Also holds "Amtsgericht Mitte, Vormundschaften", which refers to refers to the collection of court records (within Tektonikgruppe A) of the Landesarchiv Berlin: A Rep. 341, A Rep. 341-01 to A Rep. 341-06.
There is an online search engine of the collections (http://www.landesarchiv-berlin.de/php-bestand/). In the public "Findmittelraum" the print finding-aid can be used to assist in the location of certain collections and documents.
Use of the Archive, and archival materials in the reading rooms, is open to the public for research purposes. Contact with the Archive prior to visiting is recommended.
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am to 05:00 pm
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