View of the stacks

About us

The Political Archive is the "memory" of the German foreign service. The archive contains 26 linear kilometres of material, which can be consulted for research purposes in line with the legal regulations. This website will tell you more about the services provided by the Political Archive.


Please note, that the reading room is closed on 11 May 2018. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Database retrieval and ordering archive material

Practical information

You will find all important information on visiting the archive, the reading room, registration, and use of the records in the Political Archive here.

View of the reading room

Tutorials (in German)

Here you can find Tutorials to systematic searches in the archive's three most important record groups: German Empire (R), Federal Republic of Germany (B) and GDR (MfAA).

User and staff member in the reading room

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

This is where you can find answers to frequently asked questions about using the Political Archive and selected information for specific user groups.

The Political Archive in the 1950s

History of the Political Archive and its holdings

Today, the Political Archive stores archive material covering over 26 linear kilometres and looks back over an eventful history since 1920.

AAPD 1983

Document publications

Important documents from the files of the Federal Foreign Office have been published with detailed comments in various academic series.

Law on the Preservation and Use of Federal Archival Documents

Statutory regulations

The statutory basis for the legal status, competence, responsibilities and use of the Political Archive is explained here.

News and Notices (in German)

Nachrichten aus dem Archiv

Contact and opening hours


Opening hours

8:30 a.m.
- 4:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m.
- 3:00 p.m.

Pull times for records

10:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m.


Visit us at

Kurstraße 36, D-10117 Berlin

Survey map

+49 (30) 1817-2179
+49 (30) 1817-5-2179

Federal Foreign Office

Main website of the Federal Foreign Office