Visiting the Political Archive
Enlarge image Researchers in the reading room (© Jörg F. Müller/ AA)
Planning your visit
Please use this contact form to apply for permission to use the Political Archive. We kindly request that you fill out all the fields and describe the topic of your research in as much detail as possible.
If your application to use the archive has already been approved, and you would like to organise an appointment or order files in advance, please use the contact form for the reading room. As the reading room is often busy, it is essential that you make an appointment at least three weeks in advance.
Under Section 5(1) of the Law on the Protection and Use of the Federal Archives (Federal Archives Law), files that are over 30 years old are open to the public. The most recent files currently available in the reading room date back to 31 December 1984. Records relating to natural persons may not be consulted until 30 years after these individuals’ death or 110 years after their birth.
Free of charge
Enquiries and use of the Political Archive are free of charge. Please note that information can only be provided in line with staff capacities.