Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz

  • Secret State Archives Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation
  • Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • GStA PK

History

The Archives were originally chartered in 1282, but their existence as an independent institution was later established in 1598, when Erasmus Langenhain was chosen as the first archivist. The Archives received the name "Geheimes Staatsarchiv" in 1803. The Archives moved to a new building in 1924 in Berlin-Dahlem, which remains their main building today. The Secret State Archives became part of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz) in 1963.

Archival and Other Holdings

The holdings include around 35000 linear meters of archival material regarding the Brandenburg-Prussians. This includes records of the Hohenzollerns, the Prussian army, provincial authorities and political organizations.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

Online Findbuch, Datenbank, Katalog (OPAC der Dienstbibliothek) and other online research possibilities are available through the website, https://www.gsta.spk-berlin.de

Opening Times

Monday & Tuesday: 08:00am to 04:00pm Wednesday & Thursday: 08:00am to 06:00pm Friday: 08:00am to 03:00pm

Conditions of Access

Research at the Archives is free for the public, and copies are possible with a charge. Online forms can be filled out for specific record orders or to reserve space in the reading rooms (Anfrageformular, Bestellformular).

Sources

  • Claims Conference Yad Vashem