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A holdings guide with in-depth information for all archival fonds is available online in Archives Portal Europe.
To navigate between different fonds, please use the tree view on the left side of the browser window. You will find the general introduction useful. You can view this document on the start page of the holdings guide or you can download it as a PDF file via the panel on the right side of this web page. There you can also find the brochure “Das Politische Archiv des Auswärtigen Amts“ with plenty of background information. Both documents are available in German.
The Political Archive’s holdings cover 26,000 linear metres. This material is divided as follows into three main record groups:
|Reference code||Office of origin||Reference period||Approximate size|
|R||Auswärtiges Amt des Deutschen Reiches (Foreign Office of the German Empire)||1870-1945||8 000 linear metres|
|B||Auswärtiges Amt der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany)||1949/51 ff.||13 000 linear metres|
|MfAA||Ministerium für Auswärtige Angelegenheiten der DDR (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the GDR)||1949-1990||3 000 linear metres|
Tutorials are available in German for each of these three groups to help users with their research.
The archives also contain
- international treaties
- personnel files
- personal papers
- documentation on the construction of the Reichsbank building