Secret State Archive of Prussian Cultural Heritage

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Secret State Archive of Prussian Cultural Heritage
Secret State Archive of Prussian Cultural Heritage - Logografie.png
legal form Foundation under public law / Federal corporation under public law
founding 1598 (first mentioned in 1282)
Seat Berlin
purpose As a predominantly historical archive, it serves official purposes, historical, local or private or commercially motivated research, as well as informing the public through publications and exhibitions. For this purpose, documents, files and official books, cards, pictures or other suitable information carriers are taken over, sorted and recorded, received and made accessible for use.
Chair Hermann Parzinger
Managing directors Ulrike Höroldt
Main entrance of the service building
Building on Archivstrasse

The Geheime Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz (GStA PK) in Berlin is an institution of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation . It is one of the larger German state archives and mainly houses numerous documents from Brandenburg - Prussia (house and court of the Hohenzollern , Prussian army , provincial authorities, political organizations, maps, etc.) of historical importance in its holdings. It currently holds around 38,000 linear meters of archive material .

Legal bases

By belonging to direct federal Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK), the Secret State Archives Prussian Cultural Heritage subject to the legal requirements of the Federal . The foundation was established by the "Law on the establishment of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation and the transfer of assets from the former State of Prussia to the Foundation" of July 25, 1957. The Secret State Archive (then: Berlin Main Archive) was incorporated into it in 1963.

In application of the Legal Entities Processing Act of September 6, 1965, the GStA PK is also responsible for certain archives and records from the regional authorities of the former Prussian eastern provinces.

In terms of archive law, the GStA PK sees itself bound by the provisions of the “Law on the Protection and Use of Federal Archives ” ( Federal Archives Act ) and the relevant federal laws.

The specific concerns of the GStA PK with regard to the use are regulated by the "Usage, Fee and House Rules of the Secret State Archive PK".


The core tasks of the GStA PK are to preserve, develop, make accessible and evaluate the historical traditions of its area of ​​responsibility.

Particularly with regard to the written material of certain institutions of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundations, the tasks of the GStA PK also include the formation of tradition, i.e. H. the archival evaluation of the offered (archivable) written material for archival worthiness and the acceptance of the written material assessed as archivable. Tradition is formed by taking over documents from third parties in the form of bequests or family archives or the records of associations and societies or collections that have references to Brandenburg-Prussian history.


The responsibility of archives ("Sprengelkompetenz") is determined by territorial and administrative history as well as by legal bases.

The GStA PK is therefore responsible for the central authorities and institutions of Brandenburg-Prussia - from the Mark Brandenburg (tradition from 1188), through the Electorate of Brandenburg and the Kingdom of Prussia (from 1701) to the Free State of Prussia (from 1918) - and the Prussian Parliaments (tradition from 1847). After a temporary separation (from 1852), since the end of the Second World War , the records of the Brandenburg-Prussian House Archives (BPH) have also belonged to the area of ​​responsibility. Responsibility for documents of the Prussian Army is determined in relation to the Federal Archives-Military Archives by the border year 1867/68. The GStA PK therefore keeps the older military holdings up to 1867. Responsibility for records from the administration of foreign relations with non-German states ends with the establishment of the German Empire , which is why some of the more recent records from 1871 are in the Political Archives of the Foreign Office , partly in the Federal Archives . For the relations of Prussia to the states of the German Reich and to the Vatican , Prussia's responsibility remained until 1918, which is why these traditions are mainly kept in the GStA PK.

According to the Legal Entities Resolution Act of 1965, provincial, regional and local archives and records from authorities and institutions in the former Prussian eastern provinces, insofar as they did not remain on site as a result of the Second World War, are subject to the GStA PK. The Brandenburg Provincial Archive (abbreviation: Pr.Br.), founded in 1883 as a department of the Secret State Archives, is now largely based in the Brandenburg State Main Archives, founded in 1949 .

Research hall I of the GStA PK

Documents of non-governmental and private origin are usually taken on a voluntary basis as a donation, by inheritance or as deposit or as a purchase for the holdings and collections. This primarily includes estates and family archives, documents from associations / associations, including Freemason associations, (scientific) societies and occasionally from companies.


13th century to 1803

Since 1282 efforts to secure the margravial, later electoral-Brandenburg deed ownership can be documented, which was kept in various, partly fortified places, so u. a. in Tangermünde and in the city of Brandenburg an der Havel . After the sovereignty of the Hohenzollern family took over (1415), the royal seat of Berlin-Cölln became the permanent place of safekeeping for the documents and the newly created files . These were initially housed in the Gray Monastery (Berlin) or in the Dominican Monastery, then in the Berlin City Palace.

With the assumption of government of Elector Joachim Friedrich (1598) and the appointment of an official responsible only for the archives, the Secret Archives received institutional continuity. The first Brandenburg archives official, "Registrator" Erasmus Langenhain, carried out the first comprehensive order work, v. a. on the documents. In 1604, the Secret Council was established as the first central administrative authority responsible for all electoral territories. The Secret Archive was so closely connected with it that it also acted as its registry . The traditions of the Privy Council therefore make up the majority of the older files. Traditions from other, even older, authorities, such as those of the feudal chancellery, the war chancellery or the court chamber, on the other hand, have only reached the secret archive sporadically and unsystematically and are largely lost today. During the Thirty Years' War , the documents and files were evacuated several times, so that the files in particular got into great disorder and extensive reorganizations were necessary. From 1639 this was carried out by Christoph Schönebeck (from 1653 “Archivarius”), who mainly sorted the files according to territorial, e.g. Partly divided into 62 (later 69) "repositions" according to subject matter, which in turn were roughly subdivided into alphabetical keywords. This order was laid out so broadly that not only the accesses of the later 17th and 18th centuries, but also files of modernly organized newer authorities until well into the 19th century were incorporated, albeit with increasing difficulties. In 1710 the document holdings of the Secret Archives were combined with the sovereign's most secret files, the so-called “registratura in publicis” to form the “Secret Archives Cabinet”, which remained as a separate unit within the archive until the middle of the 19th century. Since King Friedrich Wilhelm I , a government authority connected to the ruler, the cabinet, emerged, from which diplomatic and military documents in particular were handed over to the Secret Archives for the first time from 1742 and later continuously.

However, the Secret Archives were unable to acquire a central archiving function in the 18th century, especially since the General-Ober-Finanz-War- und Domainen -direktorium ( General-Ober-Finanz-War- und Domainen -direktorium ) founded in 1723 as the central authority for internal and economic matters - and the financial administration functioned, developed its own official archive, completely independent from the Secret Archives. In 1803 the Secret Chancellery was dissolved as the central body of all departments of the Secret Council. In the course of these organizational changes, the Secret Archive was given the title “Secret State Archive” in order to emphasize the modern character of a central state authority.


The Stein-Hardenberg reforms after 1806 also had an impact on the position of the Secret State Archives. The abolition of the central chancellery in 1803 and the replacement of the archive from the registry of the Foreign Department in 1809 ended the previous close connection to a central authority. The Secret State Archives were assigned to the State Chancellery in 1810 . However, with the exception of the taxes from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Royal House , the Secret State Archives hardly received any fees from the department- bound ministries , which were replaced by the dissolved Secret Council and the General Directorate in 1808 , since most of the other ministries went to the ministerial archives assigned to the Ministry of Finance. Its basis was formed by the official archive of the dissolved General Directorate. The ministerial archive remained a separate facility from the state secret archive until 1874. After the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, the Secret State Archives took over larger parts of the central registries of the former Kingdom of Westphalia , which were later followed by further parts in contrast to other successor states. Since the Prussian provincial archives were established in the provinces after 1815, partly as a successor to older archival institutions of the predecessor territories, partly as a result of consolidation of abandoned archives, in 1831 the office of "director of the State Archives ”and occupied by Karl Georg von Raumer , who had been in charge of the State Archives since 1822. From this the Prussian Archive Administration developed, whose close personal ties to the Secret State Archives remained until 1896, limited until 1945. The close connection to the House of Hohenzollern was loosened when, after the introduction of a constitution (1848/1850) at the instigation of King Friedrich Wilhelm IV. From 1852, the records relating directly to the House of Hohenzollern were separated and summarized in a "house archive". As a result, the Brandenburg-Prussian House Archive became more and more independent in terms of structure and personnel. In 1895 it was given its own archive building on Luisenplatz in Charlottenburg .

Since 1852 the archives were subordinate to the Prime Minister, who mainly influenced the archives policy by appointing the director of the Prussian archive administration (for example with the historians Max Duncker and Heinrich von Sybel ). In 1874, under the direction of Max Duncker, the Secret State Archives moved into premises in the old warehouse (formerly: Hohes Haus) on Klosterstrasse , where the ministerial archives were already housed. Its main part, the tradition of the General Directorate, has now been incorporated as the II. Main Department (HA), other holdings of the Ministerial Archives were connected to the already existing repositories of the now I. Main Department of the Secret State Archives. The order work on the basis of the Schönebeck order from the 17th century turned out to be more and more difficult due to the increasing access of written material from modern authorities. Therefore, Max Lehmann's suggestions (“Regulatory for the orderly work in the Secret State Archive”) of 1881, which for the first time fundamentally formulated the preservation of the context of origin ( provenance principle ) as the supreme order principle, were recognized as a solution to the order problems and subsequently by separating the younger ones Traditions from the now "old repositions" from 1807 largely implemented. The records from the Province of Brandenburg were separated from the central state records on the basis of the principle of provenance and assigned to the Brandenburg Provincial Archives founded in 1883 (after 1933: State Archives for the Province of Brandenburg and the Imperial Capital Berlin), which remained a separate department within the Secret State Archives.

The shortage of space and conditions of use at the warehouse location became increasingly oppressive towards the end of the 19th century. Friedrich Althoff , Ministerial Director in the Ministry of Culture, therefore included the Secret State Archives in his plans for a science location ("Prussian or German Oxford"), which became more concrete after the Dahlem domain was closed . At the Dahlem site, a large new building was to be built in the vicinity of the institutes of the Kaiser Wilhelm (today: Max Planck) Society. The beginning of the First World War interrupted the work that had already started until the early 1920s. The new building designed by Eduard Fürstenau (three-wing system and separate storage area) was opened in 1924 and the archives were moved from the warehouse to Dahlem. In addition there was archive material u. a. from the province of Grenzmark Posen-West Prussia , founded in 1919 , which after its dissolution in 1938, however, was largely given to the Stettin State Archives . A service villa for the head of the Prussian archive administration was also built on the site. In the main building, the Prussian archives administration used rooms for the teaching purposes of the Institute for Archival Science (IfA), which trained the Prussian archivists. Also in rooms of the Secret State Archives, the Prussian archive management taught from 1931 for the purpose of German Ostforschung the publication office in Berlin-Dahlem , which from 1936 under the management of the Prussian State Archivist John Papritz stood and 1938 with subordination to the Ministry of the Interior 's own premises in the Gelfertstraße in Berlin-Dahlem.

A large increase took place from 1926, when archival records of the Prussian Army from the period before 1868 were taken over , as opposed to the Reichsarchiv . These were in government archives until the end of the Prussian monarchy in 1918, v. a. of the War Ministry and the Great General Staff and handed over to the newly established Reich Archives in 1919. In the publication series "Mitteilungen der Prussischen Archivverwaltung" (Communications from the Prussian Archive Administration), overviews of the records of the central authorities and institutions in Brandenburg-Prussia, including the Prussian Army and the Brandenburg Provincial Archives, appeared from 1934 onwards. After the establishment of the Army Archives in Potsdam , however, the military records summarized in the IV Main Department had to be handed over there in 1936. In April 1945 these were almost completely destroyed in Potsdam by the effects of the war. During National Socialism , the law to restore the civil service was also applied in the Secret State Archives from 1934 . The most prominent example is the archivist Ernst Posner , who was forced to retire, emigrated to the USA and played an important role in the expansion of the American state archives system. The large number of users ( Aryan records ) that began after 1933 came to a standstill after the start of the war and was completely stopped with the start of the large file transfers (from 1942), which were forced by the increasing bombing of Berlin. Finally, the PreussAG salt mines in Schönebeck and Staßfurt were chosen as the relocation sites , to which the remaining parts of the Brandenburg-Prussian house archive, which was severely damaged by the war, were moved.

1945–1990 Central State Archives Merseburg

The stocks stored in the salt mines in Schönebeck and Staßfurt survived the war almost unscathed. The area was first occupied by the Americans and handed over to the Soviet military administration in Germany in July 1945 . After multiple viewings and segregation, large parts of the recovered archive material were brought to the Soviet Union in 1947 , primarily archive material relating to foreign relations or the labor movement . In the 1950s, most of these archive materials, but not all of them, were handed over to the GDR authorities. The Soviet military administration released the former Prussian archives remaining in the Russian occupation on December 17, 1947. In Merseburg , a building suitable for storing archives was found in the card index house of the former state insurance institute.

With the founding of the GDR on October 7, 1949, the archive became the responsibility of the GDR Interior Ministry, represented by the State Archives Administration. In 1950 it was transferred to the Central Archive of the GDR, founded in Potsdam in 1946 and primarily intended to hold archival material from the German Reich, under the name “ German Central Archive . Merseburg branch ”affiliated. Some of the holdings, namely electoral Brandenburg documents, were separated out and, along with the outsourced parts of the Brandenburg Provincial Archives, became the basis of the Brandenburg State Main Archives, which was newly established in Potsdam. In Merseburg, from 1957, the traditions of Freemasons and other ideological associations that had been confiscated in the Third Reich and which had initially passed into the hands of the Soviets after the end of the war were kept in Merseburg. In 1961, as part of a government agreement, parts of the South and New East Prussian departments of the II. HA General Directorate were transferred to the Polish archive administration. These are now kept in the main archive of old files in Warsaw .



The southern magazine wing of the main building in Dahlem, which had already been damaged by bombs, burned on 28/29. April 1945 almost completely due to arson. As a result, large parts of v. a. of the holdings of the Brandenburg Provincial Archives that have not yet been swapped out are destroyed. After the end of the war, the Secret State Archives were placed under the authority of the City of Berlin. The archive, operating from 1945 as the “main archive for official files” or from 1950 as the “(Berlin) main archive”, was commissioned by the magistrate in July 1945 to identify, sift through and inspect archives and official registries in administrative buildings and relocation sites in Berlin and the surrounding area to recover. The rescue operations also affected traditions from Reich ministries and other institutions of the Reich. Added to this were the traditions of regional and local authorities and institutions from the eastern provinces of Prussia, which came under western control during the war and the first post-war years, which were set up as the XIV. To XVII main department (West Prussia, Pomerania, Posen, Silesia, Prov. Saxony) . The inventory structure created in this way was published in 1967/68 in the two-volume "Overview of the inventory of the Secret State Archives in Berlin-Dahlem".

From 1950 to 1958, the Berlin City Archives (now the Berlin State Archives ) had their offices in the main archive building.


After the foundation of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation in 1957, the former Prussian archives became the property of the Foundation. In 1963, the main archive was incorporated into the foundation as an organizational and administrative facility under the name now known as the “Secret State Archive of Prussian Cultural Heritage”. In 1970 there was a major streamlining with the Federal Archives in Koblenz. This received from the GStA PK the Reich provenances (Rep. 300 ff.), Which it had recovered after the end of the war in the service buildings and partly in official relocation sites in Berlin and the surrounding area. In return, the GStA PK received the holdings of Prussian provenance that had previously been kept by the Federal Archives and that had been moved to relocation sites west of the later demarcation line during World War II. In 1978/79 the stocks that had fled the war in the Königsberg State Archive were transferred from the dissolved Göttingen State Archive Camp to the GStA PK and there as XX. Main Department of the Historical State Archives Königsberg set up. An exchange of archives agreed between the Federal Archives and the State Archives Administration of the GDR in 1987 also affected the GStA PK, which transferred individual holdings from the X. Main Department, Brandenburg Province, to the GDR.

1989 to the present

The events of 1989 and the reunification of Germany in 1990 led to the return of the holdings in Merseburg to Berlin-Dahlem. As early as the turn of 1989/90, informal contacts were made with the Central State Archives in Merseburg, which, with the unification agreement of 1990, was placed under the GStA PK as the Merseburg office. Since storage at the old location in Dahlem was not possible, the Merseburg holdings were stored in an external storage facility in Berlin's Westhafen in 1993/94 . The repatriation ended in 1994. The status of the amalgamating order work was published in 2000 in an " archival tectonics " which, according to systematic and (administrative) chronological criteria, for the first time mapped all holdings, bequests and collections of the GStA PK in a closed context. A new edition took place in 2011.


The tradition kept in the GStA PK begins with the oldest document from 1188 in the archive. The tradition of the central state authorities ends as a result of the "synchronization of the states with the Reich" during the Nazi era, mostly in 1933/34. The records of the State Ministry and the Ministry of Finance, however, go up to 1945. Archival material created after 1945 is the written material of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (unless managed by the Central Archive of the State Museums in Berlin ). In addition, the legacies and family archives, the map department and the holdings of various clubs and associations include records from the period after 1945. Essentially, the 39,000 linear meters of archive material are divided into main departments (HA), which are mostly further subdivided into repositories. In most cases, a repository corresponds to an archive inventory, i.e. H. the unmixed tradition of an inventory builder, e.g. B. an authority. The Brandenburg-Prussian House Archive (BPH), the traditions of the Freemasons and Masonic-like associations before 1945 (FM), the card holdings and collections (XI. HA, partly XX. HA) and the bequests and family archives (VI. HA) have different organizational structures.

The archive tectonics of the GStA PK consists of:

  • Central authorities of the Mark Brandenburg from 1188
  • Central administrative and judicial authorities of Brandenburg-Prussia until 1808 (Privy Council - Cabinet and Cabinet Ministry - General Directorate - other administrative and judicial authorities)
  • Special administrations of the transition period 1806–1815 (Prussia. Special administrations after the Tilsit Peace - Kingdom of Westphalia - Special administrations of Prussia and its allies in the wars of freedom)
  • Head of State and supreme state authorities, ministries and other central authorities of Prussia (Head of State - State Chancellery, State Council and State Ministry - Federal and Foreign Affairs - Interior - Finance - Culture - Economy and Transport - Justice)
  • Prussian Parliaments 1847–1933
  • Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK) from 1957
  • House and yard of the Hohenzollern family (documents - persons - institutions)
  • Prussian Army (records up to 1866/67) (military administration and command of troops - military history - record of military civil status)
  • Territorial traditions, provincial and local authorities (Brandenburg - "Prussia" / East Prussia - Pomerania - Silesia - West Prussia, Posen, Grenzmark)
  • Non-governmental provenances (parties, organizations, associations - scientific associations - Freemasons and similar associations - goods, families, persons)
  • (Pre-) archival collections (manuscripts - maps - seals, coats of arms, genealogy - (official) printed matter - pictures, films, objects)


In principle, anyone interested can use the records kept in the GStA PK on request, provided they were created more than 30 years ago, as well as the holdings of the service library. An exception are archival material at risk of being preserved and documents subject to a protection period under the Federal Archives Act. For scientific purposes, protection periods can be shortened upon request. Excess deliveries that are kept as a deposit may be subject to special conditions of use or restrictions. Personal use of the archive on site is basically free of charge. For the written answer to family history or commercial user inquiries, however, fees according to the fee schedule of the GStA PK apply.

The holdings, bequests and collections of the GStA PK are indexed through analog finding aids (repertories) and increasingly through an archive database. Around a third of the archive material recorded in the database can also be researched online; this offer is gradually being expanded. The holdings of the service library are recorded in an online catalog , which is also integrated in various network catalogs . The archival material and the holdings of the service library can only be viewed in the research rooms of the GStA PK. A loan for the purpose of use is not possible. The GStA PK has a general research room with 60 seats and a technical research room in which maps and plans as well as microfilms and microfilms can be viewed.

Since the new usage regulations came into force at the beginning of 2019, it has been possible - with a few exceptions - to make free reproductions with your own digital recording devices. The use of these reproductions is free provided the source is acknowledged.

Service library


The beginnings of the Kgl. Cabinet and archive library extend to the takeover of the private library from the estate of the Kgl. Prussian Real Secret Legation Councilor Johann Christoph Wilhelm von Steck (1730–1797). In 1863 a card catalog was set up and the arrangement system in the library was renewed.

After the outbreak of the Second World War, most of the library's 87,000 volumes were moved to the salt mines near Staßfurt, Balkow Castle and the Johanniter Order Castle in Sonnenburg in Neumark. The whereabouts of the outsourced library items has not yet been clarified. After the end of the Second World War, the library consisted only of the 15,000 volumes that had not been relocated. Therefore, after 1945 an extensive rebuilding took place. In 1978/79 the Göttingen State Archive Camp also moved the entire library to Berlin. A large part of the library was incorporated, the remainder of the inventory was given on permanent loan to the Philosophical Faculty of the Technical University of Chemnitz in 2010 .

After the reunification in 1990, the library holdings of the Central State Archives Merseburg were partially taken over. The parts not selected for takeover were given to the newly established Merseburg State Archives (now: Merseburg Department of the Saxony-Anhalt State Archives ).


Thematically, the main focus of the library is on the history of the Hohenzollern dynasty , especially on Frederick II and the contemporary literature on the Prussian and German constitutional question around 1848. The literature on the regional and administrative history of Prussia and its provinces, especially the eastern provinces, is particularly extensive , including official publications such as official gazettes of the Prussian administrative districts or collections of laws of Prussia and other German federal states. The library also keeps a comprehensive range of school programs from Prussian schools in all parts of the country and a historical collection of newspapers, mainly from Berlin and Brandenburg. The specimen copies of the researchers at the GStA PK account for a large part of the increase . The holdings of the service library can only be used on site.


From 1831 to 1896, the management of the Secret State Archives lay with the head of the Prussian archive administration that existed until 1945. In 1899 he held the title of "General Director of the Prussian State Archives". In 1896, the post of “Second Director of the Prussian State Archives” was introduced, which was limited to the management of the Secret State Archives and existed in this form until April 8, 1936. At that time, General Director Brackmann renounced the direct management of the Secret State Archives and left this to the former "Second Director", Adolf Brennecke.

1822-1833 Karl Georg von Raumer
1833-1842 Gustav Adolf von Tzschoppe
1843-1852 Georg Wilhelm von Raumer
1852-1866 Carl Wilhelm of Lancizolle
1867-1874 Maximilian Duncker
1875-1895 Heinrich von Sybel
1896-1914 Reinhold Koser
1896-1906 Karl Sattler (GStA)
1906-1921 Paul Bailleu (GStA)
1915-1929 Paul Fridolin Kehr
1921-1930 Melle Klinkenborg (GStA)
1929-1936 Albert Brackmann
1930-1943 Adolf Brenneke (GStA)
1936 - May 1945 Ernst Zipfel
Oct. 1944 - June 1945 Erich Randt (GStA)
June - July 1945 Georg Winter , acting
July - September 1945 Gottfried Wentz , acting
1945-1947 Ulrich Wendland
1947-1957 Hans Bellée
1957-1974 Gerhard Zimmermann
1974-1990 Friedrich Benninghoven
1990-1996 Werner Vogel
March 1996 - July 2017 Jürgen Kloosterhuis
since July 2017 Ulrike Höroldt


Publication series


  • Johanna Aberle: History of the Secret Ministerial Archives in Berlin (1838–1874). On the fate of the registries of the General Directory in Prussia after 1806 (microfiche edition). Berlin 2001
  • Carl Wilhelm Cosmar: History of the Royal Prussian Secret State and Cabinet Archives to 1806. Edited, introduced and explained by Meta Kohnke (publications from the archives of Prussian cultural property, 32) with additional materials. Cologne u. a. 1003
  • Eckart Henning : Archives and archivists of Prussia. Selected essays. Berlin 2013
  • Rita Klauschenz: abducted, brought back or still hidden? Archival material confiscated by the Soviet Union from the Secret State Archives (PK), in: Relocation and transfer of cultural assets as a result of the Second World War and their repatriation. (Publications of the Coordination Office for the Loss of Cultural Property 4). Magdeburg 2007, pp. 143-170
  • Melle Klinkenborg : The History of the State Secret Archives from the 15th to the 18th Century. Edited by Jürgen Kloosterhuis. (Publications from the archives of Prussian cultural property, work report 13). Berlin 2011
  • Jürgen Kloosterhuis: Prussia's archival revolution. Sources for the introduction of the principle of provenance in the Prussian Secret State Archives and the State Archives of the Provinces, 1881–1907. In: Archive work for Prussia, ed. of the same. Berlin 2000, pp. 423-440
  • Jürgen Kloosterhuis: Edition - Integration - Legitimation. Political implications of the archival developments in Prussia, 1903–1924. In: The topic “Prussia” in science and science policy of the 19th and 20th centuries, ed. by Wolfgang Neugebauer. Berlin 2006, pp. 83-113
  • Jürgen Kloosterhuis: Archives Sprengelkompetenz versus military interpretative sovereignty. (Military) political implications in the development of the Prussian-German army archives. An archive historical documentation. In: The topic “Prussia” in science and science policy before and after 1945, ed. by Hans-Christof Kraus . Berlin 2013, pp. 171–218
  • Jürgen Kloosterhuis: State archive without a state. The GStA in the first post-war years 1945 to 1947. An archive-historical documentation. In: Archive work in and for National Socialism. The Prussian State Archives before and after the change of power in 1933, ed. by Sven Kriese. Berlin 2015, pp. 479-599
  • Joachim Lehmann: The foundation of the Brandenburg-Prussian house archive. [no location], 1959
  • Joachim Lehmann: From Staßfurt to Schönebeck. Post-war fates of a German archive. In: Publications from the archives of Prussian cultural property. Work report 1. Berlin 1996, pp. 131–154
  • Georg Wilhelm von Raumer: History of the Secret State and Cabinet Archives in Berlin up to 1820, ed. by Eckhart Henning. In: Archivalische Zeitschrift, Vol. 72 (1976), pp. 30-75
  • Reinhart route: The long way to Dahlem. Building history and problems of the Secret State Archives. In: Archive work for Prussia, ed. by Jürgen Kloosterhuis. Berlin 2000, pp. 27-45
  • Werner Vogel: On the history of the secret state archive of Prussian cultural property. In: Archivist. 45: 338-343 (1992)
  • Johanna Weiser: History of the Prussian archive administration and its leaders. From the beginnings under State Chancellor von Hardenberg to the dissolution in 1945. (Publications from the archives of Prussian Cultural Heritage, Supplement 7). Berlin 2000
  • Gerhard Zimmermann: The main archive (former Prussian secret state archive) in the first post-war years. In: The archivist. 8: 173-180 (1955)
  • Archive work in and for National Socialism. The Prussian State Archives before and after the change of power in 1933, ed. by Sven Kriese (publications from the archives of Prussian cultural heritage. Research 12). Berlin 2015

Tectonics / stock groups / stocks

  • Overview of the holdings of the Secret State Archives in Berlin-Dahlem. I. Main Department, arr. by Ernst Müller and Ernst Posner. II. -IX. Main department, edit. by Heinrich Otto Meisner and Georg Winter. X.-XI. Main department, edit. by Reinhard Lüdicke. (Communications from the Prussian Archive Administration. Issues 24–26). Leipzig 1934–1939
  • Overview of the holdings of the Brandenburg-Prussian House Archive in Berlin-Charlottenburg. (Communications from the Prussian Archive Administration, no. 27). Leipzig 1936
  • Overview of the holdings of the Secret State Archives Berlin-Dahlem. Part 1: Provincial and Local Authorities, edit. by Hans Branig , Ruth Bliss, Winfried Bliss. Part 2: Central authorities, other institutions, collections, edit. by Hans Branig, Winfried Bliss, Werner Petermann. Berlin 1966-67
  • Tectonics of the Secret State Archives of Prussian Cultural Heritage, ed. by Jürgen Kloosterhuis, arr. by Rita Klauschenz, Sven Kriese and Matthis Leibetseder. (Publications from the Preußischer Kulturbesitz archives, work report 12), Berlin 2011
  • Jürgen Kloosterhuis: The key to secrecy. The tectonic history of the Secret State Archives of Prussian Cultural Heritage. In: Forays through Brandenburg-Prussia. Archival contributions to cultural education work in the Science Year 2010, ed. von dems., Berlin 2011, Se. 461-495
  • Meta Kohnke: The order of the holdings in the Secret State Archives in Berlin before and after the introduction of the provenance principle. In: Archivmitteilungen 11 (1961), pp. 111–116
  • Udo Dräger, Joachim Lehmann: On the history and dissolution of the Brandenburg-Prussian house archive. In: Archivmitteilungen 19 (1969), pp. 230-237
  • Renate Endler: The Masonic holdings in the Secret State Archive of Prussian Cultural Heritage. Vol. 1: Grand Lodges and Protector, Masonic Foundations and Associations. Vol. 2: Daughter lodges (series of publications by the International Research Center for Democratic Movements in Central Europe 1770–1850, 13 and 18). Frankfurt / Main 1994 and 1996
  • Portfolio group analysis General Directorate, edit. by Jürgen Kloosterhuis (publications from the archives of Prussian Cultural Heritage, work report 9). Berlin 2008
  • Family archives and personal papers in the Secret State Archive of Prussian Cultural Heritage. An inventory, edit. by Ute Dietsch (publications from the archives of Prussian Cultural Heritage, work report 4). Berlin 2008
  • Sources on the regional history of the Rhine Province in the 19th and 20th centuries. Part 1: Trier District, arr. by Dieter Heckmann (publications from the archives of Prussian Cultural Heritage, work report 4). Berlin 2004
  • On the history of the productive forces and production relations in Prussia 1810–1933. Special inventory of the Prussian Ministry of Commerce and Industry, edit. by Herbert Buck. Vol. 1–3 (series of publications by the German Central Archives, 2). Weimar / Berlin 1960–1970
  • Ministry of Commerce and Industry - Special Inventory. Edited by Herbert Buck, ed. by Christiane Brandt-Salloum (publications from the archives of Prussian cultural heritage, work report 5). Berlin 2004
  • Inventory on the history of the Prussian building administration 1723–1848, edit. by Christiane Brandt-Salloum, Ralph Jaeckel, Constanze Krause, Oliver Sander, Reinhart Fahrt, Michaela Utpatel and Stephan Waldhoff. Red. Reinhart route (publications from the archives of Prussian cultural property, work report 11). Berlin 2005
  • Schinkel's files. An inventory, edit. by Reinhart Route with the collaboration of Hans-Joachim Nossol, Angelika Sell and Rainer Trommer (publications from the archives of Prussian Cultural Heritage, work report 11). Berlin 2010
  • The Prussian mountain, smelter and salt works administration 1763-1865. The holdings of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Dept. of Mining, Steelworks and Saltworks Management in the Secret State Archive of Prussian Cultural Heritage, edit. by Frank Althoff and Susanne Brockfeld (publication from the archives of Prussian cultural property, work report 3). Berlin 2003
  • Sources on the history of the Jews in the archives of the new federal states, ed. by Stefi Jersch-Wenzel and Reinhard Rürup . Vol. 2 and 5: Secret State Archives Prussian Cultural Heritage. Part 1, arr. by Meta Kohnke, part 2 arr. by Kurt Metschies u. a., Munich 1999-2000
  • The military and society in Prussia. Sources on military socialization 1713–1806. Archives in Berlin, Dessau and Leipzig, ed. by Jürgen Kloosterhuis, Bernhard R. Kroener , Klaus Neitmann and Ralf Pröve , arr. by Peter Bahl, Claudia Nowak and Ralf Pröve. (Publications from the archives of Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Arbeitsbericht 15, 1–4). Berlin 2015

Service library

  • Herzeleide Henning: Library of the Secret State Archives Prussian Cultural Heritage. In: Handbook of the historical book inventory in Germany, ed. by Friedhilde Krause , vol. 15. Berlin a. a., 1995, pp. 54-57
  • Herzeleide Henning: The service library of the Brandenburg-Preuss. House archives: catalog (publications from the archives of Prussian cultural property, work report 17). Berlin 2015, ISBN 978-3-923579-24-2 .

Web links

Commons : Secret State Archive of Prussian Cultural Heritage  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

See also

Individual evidence

  1. § 2 of the usage regulations (of the foundation council)

Coordinates: 52 ° 27 ′ 40 ″  N , 13 ° 17 ′ 34 ″  E