Record groups

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A holdings guide with in-depth information for all archival fonds is available online in Archives Portal Europe.

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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
Auswärtiges Amt des Deutschen Reiches (Foreign Office of the German Empire)
8 000 linear metres
Auswärtiges Amt der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany)
1949/51 ff.
13 000 linear metres
Ministerium für Auswärtige Angelegenheiten der DDR (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the GDR)
3 000 linear metres

Tutorials are available in German for each of these three groups to help users with their research.

Tutorials (in German)

The archives also contain

  •     international treaties
  •     personnel files
  •     personal papers
  •     documentation on the construction of the Reichsbank building
  •     collections

Record groups

Transport of files

General introduction to the holdings guide of the Political Archive

Important information on the structure of the holdings and how to use them (in German)

Brochure "Das Politische Archiv des Auswärtigen Amts"

The brochure presents the Political Archive of the Federal Foreign Office and its diverse services.