Hessian State Archives

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The Hessian State Archives (HLA) is one of the central contact points for all questions about Hessian history. In its Darmstadt , Marburg and Wiesbaden locations , more than 170 kilometers of shelves, more than 860,000 maps and plans as well as approx. 240,000 documents from 760 to today are available for use. It sees itself as an active part of an open knowledge and information society.

Hessian State Archives

Coat of arms of Hesse.svg
State level State of Hesse
position State Archives
Supervisory authority Hessian Ministry for Science and Art
founding 1st January 2018
Headquarters Marburg
Authority management Andreas Hedwig
Servants approx. 200
Budget volume approx. 14 million euros
Web presence https://landesarchiv.hessen.de/


On January 1, 2018, the Darmstadt and Marburg State Archives and the Main State Archives in Wiesbaden were merged into a single authority for the Hessian State Archives by organizational decree. The state archives form departments of the state archive headed by the president. The aim of this centralization was the nationwide uniform coordination and organization of technical tasks as well as the reduction of administrative work. In addition, the Marburg Archive School and the Hessian State Office for Historical Regional Studies have been cooperation partners of the Hessian State Archives since 2014 in order to strengthen cooperation in the field of training and further education of specialist staff and in conveying state history.

The Hessian State Archive consists of four departments, the Hessian State Archive Darmstadt, the Hessian State Archive Marburg (land register archive, civil status archive), the Hessian Main State Archive Wiesbaden and the Central Services department, to which u. a. also the digital archive Hessen and the municipal archive advice belong. Another branch is the archive of the German youth movement operated in cooperation with the Ludwigstein Youth Castle . The regional responsibility of the three Hessian state archives for the historical documents is based on the territorial boundaries of the 19th century in the area of ​​today's state of Hesse and the administrative districts of Darmstadt, Gießen and Kassel or the former administrative district of Wiesbaden.

The sections

Department 1 - Central Facilities - consists of the departments Organization, Personnel, Budget; Digital services (IT, digital archive, Arcinsys) as well as preservation, archive advice (coordination office for preservation of holdings in Hessen, federal security filming). It combines general and technical cross-sectional tasks and acts as a service and coordination facility for the entire state archive.

With the Arcinsys archive information system , the Hessian State Archives, in cooperation with the Lower Saxony State Archives, have developed a contemporary archive information system that covers the entire archiving workflow from the takeover to the provision of archive material. In addition to research, applications and archival documents are also ordered for users. As a web application, Arcinsys meets the requirements of the digital age: with powerful research tools, with the verification of digital objects and with improved digital presentation. At the same time, Arcinsys organizes the use of traditional archive material. Arcinsys currently contains around 8.2 million records from various Hessian archives; more will be added continuously.

In order to ensure the archiving and preservation of digital records, the three Hessian state archives set up the "Digital Archive Hessen" at the end of 2009. This develops solution strategies that ensure permanent storage and the requirements for integrity (archival material cannot be changed), authenticity (archive material comes from the specified author), completeness (no archive material was subsequently removed) and legibility (archive material can be displayed and interpreted). These can be specialist applications, documents from the document management system (HeDok), file storage in folder systems, digital photos or other things. As with analogue documents, the State Archives decide which records are classified as worthy of archiving. Selected data is stored in the digital magazine in order to make it available and usable for the archive user. Like analog archives, digital archives are made accessible in the Arcinsys archive information system; they can be researched via Arcinsys and - after the protection periods have expired - ordered.

The Archivberatung Hessen supports and advises more than 450 local authorities, ie counties, county-level and belonging to a county towns and cities in Hesse, in the exercise of its statutory mandate to archive their tradition in the context of local self-government. As an instrument of legal security and knowledge management, municipal archives help the administration of the archive medium; At the same time, they are places of historical self-assurance and the preservation of the cultural heritage of an entire community.

Hessian Main State Archive Wiesbaden

The Hesse Preservation Coordination Office (KBH) , which was set up as the central unit of the Hessian State Archives on January 1, 2017 and works in cooperation with the libraries, aims to act as a strategic contact for the development, bundling and implementation of conservation and restoration measures. The main focus of the KBH, which is located at the Hessian State Archives in Darmstadt, ranges from advice on funding opportunities from the federal government and the state of Hesse as well as the provision of the necessary information and application materials, through the professional assessment of applications and support with order processing, to quality assurance.

The Competence Center Records Management (CC RM) advises the state offices on issues of file management and records management, especially storage and separation. It offers online handouts, on-site consultations, advanced training on records management in your offices, information events on all issues relating to File management and segregation in our houses.

Department 2 - Hessian Main State Archive Wiesbaden : The Hessian Main State Archive Wiesbaden is the central point of contact for all questions about Hessian history since 1945 and the Nazi era in the area of ​​the federal state. In addition to the documents on denazification procedures and compensation, the archives of the Hessian ministries as well as all authorities, courts and state institutions with jurisdiction for the whole of Hesse can be viewed here. As a historical archive, the records from the area of ​​the Duchy of Nassau, the Landgraviate of Hesse-Homburg, the Imperial City of Wetzlar and the administrative district of Wiesbaden are open to all interested parties. At subordinate government agencies, the main state archive is responsible for the independent cities of Frankfurt am Main and Wiesbaden as well as the Hochtaunus district, the Lahn-Dill district, the Limburg-Weilburg district, the Main-Kinzig district, the Main-Taunus district and the Rheingau -Taunus-Kreis.

Hessian State Archive Darmstadt

Department 3- Hessisches Staatsarchiv Darmstadt: The Hessisches Staatsarchiv Darmstadt is responsible for the documents of the regional council Darmstadt, the subordinate state offices in the independent cities Darmstadt and Offenbach as well as in the districts Bergstraße, Darmstadt-Dieburg, Gießen (except for the regional council Gießen established in 1981) , Groß-Gerau and Offenbach, in the Odenwaldkreis, in the Vogelsbergkreis and in the Wetteraukreis. As a historical archive, the Hessisches Staatsarchiv Darmstadt keeps the records of the former Landgraviate Hessen-Darmstadt and the territories incorporated over the centuries (aristocratic and clerical lords, imperial cities) as well as the Grand Duchy of Hesse (until 1918) and the People's State of Hesse (until 1945) with the three provinces of Upper Hesse, Starkenburg (South Hesse) and Rhine Hesse.

Department 3 - Hessisches Staatsarchiv Marburg: The holdings of the Hessisches Staatsarchiv Marburg are central for the regional historical research of North and East Hesse . It preserves the historical tradition from the area of ​​the Landgraviate / Electorate of Hesse ("Hessen-Kassel"), the secular and ecclesiastical lordships and the principality of Waldeck. Outstanding documents can be found in the records of the imperial abbeys of Fulda and Hersfeld. The Marburg State Archives are also responsible for the records of the regional councils of Kassel and Gießen as well as the subordinate state offices in the districts of Fulda, Hersfeld-Rotenburg, Kassel, Marburg-Biedenkopf, Waldeck-Frankenberg, in the Schwalm-Eder and Werra-Meißner districts and in the independent city of Kassel.

Hessian State Archives Marburg

The Hessian State Archives in Marburg include the Land Register Archives Hesse, the Civil Status Archives Hesse and the Archives of the German Youth Movement.

As a service point for the judiciary, the land register archive offers the Hessian local courts a central storage facility for closed land registers and land files. The submission is coordinated centrally by the Higher Regional Court in Frankfurt am Main. Should the district court have to refer to its documents again, a return loan will take place. The land register documents remain under the jurisdiction of the judiciary as permanent records, so that use by third parties is only possible via the respective local courts.

The central events in a person's life are recorded in the civil status registers. The registry offices responsible for this were set up in Prussia on October 1, 1874, and then in the whole of the German Empire (and thus also in Hessen-Darmstadt) on January 1, 1876. The subsidiary registers, a kind of "backup copy", are archived centrally for the federal state in the civil status archive in Neustadt (Hesse). After the continuation period has expired, the registry office supervisors will hand over the documents to the district administrations. This means that the secondary birth registers that were closed at least 110 years ago, the secondary marriage registers that were at least 80 years ago, and the secondary register of deaths that were closed at least 30 years ago are available for genealogical and scientific research.

Archive of the German youth movement

The archive of the German youth movement is a branch of the Marburg State Archives and a joint institution of the State of Hesse and the Ludwigstein Youth Castle. It collects and preserves documents from the German youth movement as well as from youth associations and youth cultures from around 1890 until today. Many of the new beginnings and reform movements of the 20th century are closely linked to the youth movement. As a joint institution of the Hessian State Archive in Marburg and the “Stiftung Jugendburg Ludwigstein and Archive of the German Youth Movement”, the archive promotes scientific research on these topics and participates in it with conferences and publications.


The archives of the Hessian State Archives are generally open to inspection. The archives provide relevant information for researchers from a wide variety of disciplines, private individuals who are interested in the history of Hesse, their hometown or their family, as well as for members of public and private institutions. In addition, the Hessisches Landesarchiv supports authorities and courts as well as citizens who need proof of private legal claims.

The archive material can be viewed and evaluated through a personal visit to the reading rooms of the Hessian State Archives. In the Hessian archive information system Arcinsys , holdings can increasingly also be viewed digitally online. At the end of 2019, over 30 million digital copies were already available in Arcinsys.

Historical mediation

In close cooperation with the commissions and associations, the Hessian State Archive participates in regional historical research and in providing historical-political education. Numerous publications make the historical sources of the archive accessible to a wider public. The Hessian State Archive has an impact on society with lectures, exhibitions in the archive foyer and traveling exhibitions.

The " Archive News from Hessen ", which appears twice a year, is the central information journal of the Hessen archive landscape. They are published every six months by the Hessian State Archives in cooperation with the Association of German Archivists eV / State Association of Hesse and the Association of Hessian Municipal Archives. The booklets contain numerous articles on current and historical topics, news from the world of archives, archiving issues and much more. They can be obtained free of charge by post.

The newsletter "HessenArchiv aktuell" appears monthly. It provides information on ongoing projects, gives insights into current archive work, provides information on interesting archive holdings and reports on events.

The Hessian State Archive is also active on social media.


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Coordinates: 50 ° 4 ′ 41.4 "  N , 8 ° 14 ′ 36.7"  E