Rigsarkivet

  • Danish National Archives

History

The Danish National Archives is the archive-holding body for the central authorities such as ministries, agencies and national organisations (and from 2012 holds the records formerly held at the Provincial Archive of Zealand).

The National Archives are made up of the Danish National Business Archives (Aarhus), the Danish Data Archives (Odense), the Danish National Archives (Copenhagen) and the 3 provincial archives at Viborg, Aabenraa and Odense.

Building(s)

The Danish National Archives have reading rooms in Copenhagen, Odense, Viborg and Aabenraa.

The Danish National Archives, Copenhagen (Rigsarkivet, København) Rigsdagsgaarden 9 DK-1218 Copenhagen K.

Telephone: +45 33 92 33 10 E-mail: mailbox@sa.dk

The Danish National Archives, Odense (Rigsarkivet, Odense) Jernbanegade 36 A DK-5000 Odense C

Telephone: +45 33 92 33 10 E-mail: mailbox@sa.dk

Danish National Archives , Viborg (Rigsarkivet, Viborg) Ll. Sct. Hans Gade 5 DK-8800 Viborg

Telephone: +45 33 92 33 10 E-mail: mailbox@sa.dk

The Danish National Archives, Aabenraa (Rigsarkivet, Aabenraa) Haderslevvej 45 DK-6200 Aabenraa

Telephone: +45 33 92 33 10 E-mail: mailbox@sa.dk

Archival and Other Holdings

The Danish National Archives hold more than 400 kilometres of original paper records and documents and 4,500 databases from public authorities with content reflecting every aspect of Danish society.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

Visitors to the Reading Room may request assistance from the professional archival staff, many of whom will have specialised areas of expertise.

In order to make it easier to search in the collections, the National Archives have developed a number of guides, inventories and leaflets that introduce and describe the records of the various authorities, institutions and private individuals. The main part of this material is in Danish but some material is available in English - mainly in the areas of foreign policy and genealogy. The search aids are extremely useful for people using the archives and who are trying to understand the systems used by most authorities to classify their records.

Daisy – online catalogue Daisy is the online catalogue of The Danish National Archives.

In Daisy you can search for information about the creators of our Archive series (authorities, companies, private individuals, etc.) as well as searching through the Archives series itself. If the records are scanned, you can see them online. If the records are not scanned, you can order them for use in the reading room.

https://www.sa.dk/da/brug-arkivet/bestil-arkivalier/arkivdatabasen-daisy-find-bestil-arkivalier/

Arkivalieronline The Danish National Archives digitise Parish Registers and Population Censuses in order to make them Internet accessible. The digitisation project is accomplished primarily through scanning microfiches and microfilms.

The Parish Registers and Population Censuses will be displayed as pictures of the original records. These pictures demonstrate that many records have been negatively affected by poor storage conditions, poor ink quality and general wear-and-tear – a state of affairs that is unfortunately irremediable. No registers have been compiled in which it is possible to conduct a search by name, occupation, address etc.

Almost all Danish Parish Registers completed prior to 1950 have already been launched. Within the coming years Parish Registers completed before 1960 will be uploaded to the internet database.

https://www.sa.dk/en/services/arkivalieronline/

Opening Times

Copenhagen reading room: Tuesday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m and Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Document ordering may take 2-3 days

Odense reading room: Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Document ordering Wednesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Remote storage Ordering may take up to 4 days

Viborg reading room: Tuesday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Document ordering Tuesday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Remote storage Ordering may take 7 days

Aabenraa reading room: Tuesday and Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Document ordering Tuesday and Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Remote storage Ordering may take up to 1 week.

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