General State Archives Karlsruhe

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Logo of the General State Archives Karlsruhe
Historic building of the General State Archives Karlsruhe

The General State Archives in Karlsruhe has the task of safeguarding the official archives of bygone eras for the administrative district of Karlsruhe . These are court files, documents from the state authorities, documents, archives of monasteries and orders of knights, church files and the like. There are also many aristocratic and private archives that are kept in the General State Archives.

The Baden General State Archive was the main archive of the former state of Baden and was founded in 1803. The GLAK - as the official abbreviation was - is housed in its original purpose-built archive building on the northern Hildapromenade in Karlsruhe.

Repertory Hall, until 2011
Extension that has housed the visitor rooms since 2011

The traditional General State Archive Karlsruhe is today responsible for the records of the state authorities and courts in the administrative district of Karlsruhe and the regional federal authorities located there. The historical core of this department, housed in a functional building completed in 1905, is the tradition of the margraves of Baden, the Electoral Palatinate and Upper Austria , the archives of the bishops of Speyer and Constance , parts of the episcopal archives from Strasbourg and Basel , archives of the orders of knights and, above all, many Archives of abolished monasteries such as Salem , Reichenau , St. Blasien , St. Peter in the Black Forest , Schwarzach or Frauenalb . Most of the approximately 130,000 documents come from these monasteries.

With the mediatization , the canton archives of the imperial knighthood and parts of the imperial city archives came here, as well as parts of the Electoral Palatinate archive and archival records from Upper Austria. The archival records of the top administrative level of the Grand Duchy of Baden from the 19th and 20th centuries are still of great importance. These include the files of the Baden state parliament and the ministries, the records of the grand ducal court authorities, but also of the Baden army corps in the Prussian army, as well as the records of the Baden central and subordinate authorities from the northern Baden region as an inexhaustible fund for regional and local research. The grand ducal family archive is located in the building; there are also numerous aristocratic and private archives, but also the estates of important public figures. The extensive collections include maps and plans as well as posters, portraits and photographs.

The General State Archives Karlsruhe has been a department of the State Archives Baden-Württemberg since 2005 . The extension was opened in 2011.

Directors or leaders

Archives councils


  • Eike Wolgast: Heidelberg professors as Karlsruhe archivists - Karlsruhe archivists as Heidelberg professors . In: Robert Kretzschmar (ed.): State archives as regional studies competence centers in the past and present . Stuttgart 2010, pp. 163-180.

Web links

Commons : Generallandesarchiv Karlsruhe  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Revue d'Alsace Konrad Krimm : A great, old lady of the country's history: the magazine for the history of the Upper Rhine , In: Revue d'Alsace, online

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