Rigsarkivet i Viborg

  • Danish National Archives in Viborg
  • Provincial Archives of Northern Jutland
  • Landsarkivet for Nørrejylland


Danish National Archives , Viborg
Ll. Sct. Hans Gade 5
Central Jutland


+45 33 92 33 10


The National Archives for North Jutland, now the Danish National Archives in Viborg, is the institution in the Danish National Archives where most of the records relating to the Jutlandic heathen colonies are kept. One of the archive's tasks has always been to compile registers of the archival records held at the archive.

The Archives have a collection of about 60 kilometres of records. Comprising material from state and local authorities and institutions, as well as from private individuals. The Archives were built and opened as an archival repository in 1891, following the Danish Public Archives Law of 1889. The Archives cover an area from Skagen in the north, to the old frontier at the Kongeåen – including Ribe – to the south.

Since their inception the archives have built a collection of about 60 kilometres of records, comprising material from state and local authorities and institutions, as well as from private individuals, associations and organisations, including the landed estates located in Northern Jutland. The collection covers the period from 1389 until the present day.

Records Management and Collecting Policies

State authorities such as the Police, the Courts, the Supreme Administrative Authorities of the counties and the Clergy are required by law to submit records of archival value. At the Archives, the records are arranged according to the same principles as those used by the authorities that produced them.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

use of database Daisy.

Opening Times

Tuesday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Document ordering: Tuesday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Conditions of Access

The Reading Room accommodates 98 people. It is divided into two sections: the main Reading Room and the film Reading Room. Additionally there are two separate research rooms which can be used by appointment. Users are allowed to bring papers, laptops and other research aids.

All records at archival storage have been catalogued and numbered, and can be ordered using the inventories found in the Reading Room. Records are taken out by members of the staff – during weekdays, on the same day they are ordered. However, if the records requested are located in remote storage, ordering may take 2 days.

The records has to be ordered via Daisy.

In the film Reading Room you will find records of land registration, fire insurance registers and draft lists. There is a large collection of handbooks at the Archives, of which the most important are readily accessible. The staff in the Reading Room will assist you to use the records. Photocopies can be ordered in exchange for payment of a small fee.


Zimmer frame or wheelchair users can enter the reading room via a disability lift at the main entrance. From the cloakroom on the ground floor, there is a lift to the reading room and the visitors’ lunchroom on the top floor.

The reading room is designed so that wheelchair and Zimmer frame users can get around. Work tables are easily accessible. There is also a wide variety of archival aids, copies of registries and handbooks placed at a height accessible to wheelchair users.

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