Landesarchiv Nordrhein-Westfalen, Abteilung Westfalen

  • Staatsarchiv Münster
  • Nordrhein-Westfälisches Staatsarchiv
  • North Rhine-Westphalia State Archive, Department Westphalia
  • North Rhine-Westphalian State Archive in Münster
  • Nordrhein-Westfälisches Staatsarchiv Münster


Bohlweg 2


+49 251 4885-0


+49 251 4885-100


The Archives were originally founded in 1829 as "Königliches Provinzialarchiv." In 1947 the name "Nordrhein-Westfälisches Staatsarchiv" was established. The State Archives today maintain the state authorities in the governmental districts of Arnsberg and Munster. The new Landesarchiv Nordrhein-Westfalen was founded in January 2004. As a section of the Staatsarchiv the Archives was then called "National Archives North Rhine-Westphalia State Archives Munster." In 2008 they were renamed "Landesarchiv Nordrhein-Westfalen Abteilung Westfalen."

Archival and Other Holdings

The State Archives hold many old documents from the Middles Ages and before. The majority of collections are records of public authorities and institutions after 1816, including internal administration records as well as financial, economic, transport, religious and justice administration records. Descriptions of the collections indicate that there are relevant NSDAP documents, records of organizations within the NSDAP, among others. The relocation of many of the archival materials prior to the bombings of World War II has allowed most of them to survive. Among others contains restitution- and/or compensation-related materials: Bezirksregierung Arnsberg, Entschädigungsakten; Bezirksregierung Münster, Entschädigungsakten, Wiedergutmachung imöffentlichen Dienst; 1. B 427; 3. B 201 Bd. 9; closed files;Ämter (Bezirks- und Kreisämter) für gesperrte Vermögen, Vermögenskontrolle (L 300–L 357); Landgerichte, Rückerstattungen (Teilbestand: Landgericht Arnsberg / Q 121); Landgerichte, Rückerstattungen (Teilbestand: Landgericht Bochum / Q 121); Q 121 Landgerichte, Rückerstattungen (Teilbestand: Landgericht Dortmund / Q 121); Landgerichte, Rückerstattungen (Teilbestand: Landgericht Hagen / Q 121); Landgerichte, Rückerstattungen (Teilbestand: Landgericht Münster / Q 121); Landgerichte, Rückerstattungen (Teilbestand: Landgericht Siegen / Q 121); 1. L 300–L 357, 2. Q 121, 3. Q 121, 4. Q 121, 5. Q 121, 6. Q 121, 7. Q 121; closed files

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

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Opening Times

Monday & Tuesday: 03:30 am to 04:30 pm Wednesday to Thursday: 08:30 am to 06:00 pm Friday: 03:30am to 01:00 pm

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