Hrvatski državni arhiv

  • Croatian State Archives


The Croatian State Archives in Zagreb (CSA) is the central archival institution in the Republic of Croatia. It performs archival services related to archival and current records created by state bodies, state and public institutions and enterprises, by corporate bodies, and by families and individuals whose activity covers the whole or a greater part of Croatia, or is of national interest. Its beginnings are symbolically linked to the year 1643, when, according to a decision made by the Croatian parliament, state treasurer Ivan Zakmardi de Diankovec ordered the making of a special Chest of Privileges of the Kingdom for keeping the state's charters, privileges and legal regulations. Subsequently, it became the national archive and has developed by founding separate units that assume specific roles in the archival service. The CSA today has 160 employees operating within the following departments: the Department for the Protection and Processing of Archival Records, the Department for Information and Communication, the IT Department, the Croatian Film Archives, the Central Laboratory for Conservation and Restoration, the Central Laboratory for Photography, the Department of Comprehensive and Financial Services and the Department of Archives of the Archdiocese of Zagreb.The Croatian State Archives holds more than 23.500 linear meters of archival records, dating from the 10th century to the present day and arranged into more than 1.850 archival funds and collections, mostly created by central state administration bodies and educational, cultural, health care and military institutions.

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

At the end of 2006 Croatian State Archives started the construction of a new archival information system which should cover all archival functions: keeping, preserving, arranging and use of archival records. ARHiNET is a web application which includes several modules: Security and authorisation, Description and processing of archives, Archival registers and documentation, Creators and holders of archival material, Preservation of archives, Digital contents and Education. It enables the establishment of a national integrated system for the exchange of information amongst institutions that keep archival records and the standardization and upgrading of service in the archives. In October 2007, the online Registry of archival fonds and collections of the Republic of Croatia, which is an integral part of the ARHiNET system, was made publicly available, and online access was provided to the data on archival records kept in the archives and in other institutions that hold archival material. The Registry currently contains data on 15,000 funds and collections, 70,000 other archival units (series, files and items), 19,000 creators and 7,000 records creators and owners, more than 4,000 finding aids and 3,000 bibliographical units on archival holdings, as well as few thousand digital copies of particular documents. Data is being entered and continually updated on the basis of submissions by records creators and owners under the supervision of the state archives. Around 750 employees from more than 200 various institutions are currently registered in the system.

Opening Times

The Main reading room is open on workdays: Monday- Thursday–from 8:15 AM to 3:45 PM Friday–from 8:15 AM to 2:45 PM The Reading room for audio and video material is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 AM to 2 PMThe Reading room for Zagreb archdiocese records is open on workdays from 8 AM to 2 PM and on Thursdays from 8 AM until 12:30. The Metropolitan library reading room is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 AM until 12 and by appointment.

Research Services

If one is unable to pay a visit, one can write to HRVATSKI DRŽAVNI ARHIV, Marulićev trg 21, 10 000 Zagreb, Reference service phone: +385-1-4801-921, fax +385-1-4829-000. Requests and inquiries in regards to archival records should only be sent to the e-mail address:


  • YV/ClaimsCon'06; Webpage; communication with staff

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