Hessian State Archives Marburg

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Hessian State Archives Marburg
- HStAM -

Coat of arms of Hesse
State level State of Hesse
position State Archives
legal form authority
Supervisory authority Hessian State Archives
founding 1869
Headquarters Marburg
Authority management Andreas Hedwig
Servants 111 2012
Web presence www.landesarchiv.hessen.de
Hessian State Archives Marburg

The Hessian State Archives Marburg (HStAM) is a department of the Hessian State Archives and is based in Marburg . In addition to the Hessian Main State Archive Wiesbaden and the Hessian State Archive Darmstadt, it serves as a regional archive . The Hessian State Archives Marburg is responsible for northern and parts of central Hesse . It was founded in 1869 by the Kingdom of Prussia, initially with old holdings from the Electorate of Hesse.


The Hessian State Archives Marburg was founded after the annexation of the Electorate of Hesse by Prussia after the German War and the incorporation into the province of Hesse-Nassau . In 1869 and in the mid-1870s, Prussia combined the former Hessian archives in Kassel, Hanau, Marburg and Fulda to form a state archive based in the university town of Marburg. There, the archive was initially in the before as prison used Landgrafenschloss housed. The State Archives were responsible for the authorities of the Hesse-Nassau province and all state authorities of the administrative district of Kassel with regard to the new additions . In 1938 it was given its current purpose-built archive building on Friedrichsplatz. Immediately after the Second World War , the first American art collection point in Germany, the Marburg Central Collecting Point , was set up in the building, which had been evacuated for war reasons . After this facility was dissolved in August 1946, the building was returned to the state of Hesse .

In the state of Hesse, the archive has been for the records of the administrative district of Kassel, parts of the administrative district of Gießen, as well as for the central and subordinate authorities, courts and public corporations in the independent city of Kassel , in the districts of Fulda, Hersfeld-Rotenburg, since the end of 1946 . Kassel, Marburg-Biedenkopf and Waldeck-Frankenberg, in the Schwalm-Eder district and in the Werra-Meißner district .

Directors of the Archives


In terms of the extent of its holdings, the Hessian State Archive Marburg is by far the largest archive in Hesse. The time frame of the tradition extends from the year 760 to the present. More than

The oldest documents come from the imperial abbeys of Fulda and Hersfeld . The holdings of the Landgraves of Hesse begin in the 13th century.

Historical holdings

Seal mark

Lost responsibilities

Modern administrative documents

From the Prussian period from 1866 to 1945 the files of the Kassel-based organs and authorities of the province of Hessen-Nassau and the administrative district of Kassel as well as the sub-authorities active there are archived, after 1945 the state offices of the district and municipal archives.

There are significant gaps in the tradition of the National Socialist era because the air raid on Kassel on October 22, 1943 destroyed files of the Prussian provincial administration.

The quantitatively extensive archive material of the central and subordinate authorities of the State of Hesse poses a challenge. Assessment and acceptance of such documents requires, especially with regard to the imminent introduction of electronic document management and electronic processing in Hesse, an assessment procedure coordinated between the state archives throughout Hesse and takeover of archived material.


The State Archives not only keep state records, but also to a large extent what has been deposited:

The archive of the Association of Baltic Knights , which had been kept in the Marburg State Archives until then , was handed over to the Herder Institute (Marburg) in May 2006 .

State Archives projects

The Hessian State Archive Marburg looks after the online edition of the documents of the monastery archive of the Reichsabtei Hersfeld and the online edition of the documents of the monastery archive of the Reichsabbey Fulda (751–1837). It opens up the aristocratic archives of the Schencken zu Schweinsberg and the family v. Berlepsch (14th – 19th century) and retro-converts the archival finding aids of the holdings “Political Archive of Philip the Magnanimous” and “Hanau Government”.

Affiliated institutions

Since 2004, the State Archive has had the archive of the German youth movement at Ludwigstein Castle ( Witzenhausen ), which with its rich holdings of bequests and important collections represents a focal point for relevant research. It collects and secures the documents of the German youth movement and German youth associations from around 1890 until today. In 2005, a branch office was set up in Neustadt (Hesse) in which the land register archive (with approx. 11 kilometers of shelves (2010)) and the civil status archive (with approx. 500 meters (2011)) of the three Hessian state archives are kept. The archive of the Philipps University of Marburg has been institutionally independent since 2006 . It is housed in the Hessian State Archive in Marburg, which also presents the archives to the users.


  • Archive news from Hessen , Marburg, Wiesbaden, Darmstadt 2001 ff.
  • Hessian State Archives Marburg . In: Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Hessen-Thüringen (Ed.): Old documents ... are as dear to us as gold. Treasures from Hessian archives . Frankfurt am Main 2000.
  • Carl Knetsch : The State Archives in Marburg . In: Archival Journal 39, 1930.
  • Wolfgang Leesch : The German archivists 1500–1945. Volume 1: Directory according to their places of work. Saur, Munich a. a. 1985, ISBN 3-598-10530-4 .
  • Katja Leiskau: The new building of the State Archives in Marburg 1935–1938 (= writings of the Hessian State Archives Marburg , 12). Marburg 1999.
  • Gerhard Menk : Gustav Könnecke (1845–1920). A life for archives and cultural history (= writings of the Hessian State Archives Marburg , 13), Marburg 2004, ISBN 3-925333-42-8 .
  • Katharina Schaal / Steffen Arndt: Treasures from the history of the Philipps University of Marburg in the library and museum archive . Marburg 2009.
  • Activity reports from the Hessian State Archives , Marburg, Wiesbaden, Darmstadt 2007 ff.
  • Fritz Wolff: The Hessian State Archives in Marburg. 100 years of its history . In: Hessisches Jahrbuch für Landesgeschichte 27, 1977, pp. 135–160 (with further references).

Web links

Commons : Hessisches Staatsarchiv Marburg  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Hessisches Hauptstaatsarchiv et al .: Activity report of the Hessian State Archives 2012 . June 2013, p. 42. (Including trainees)
  2. Law on the reorganization of archives and the right to deposit copies . In: Law and Ordinance Gazette for the State of Hesse . No. 24 , 2012, ISSN  0342-3557 , p. 458-463 ( digitized version ).
  3. ^ Johannes Burkardt: The historical auxiliary sciences in Marburg (17th – 19th century) , Institute for historical auxiliary sciences, Marburg 1997, ISBN 978-3-81850238-6 , p. 86.
  4. Activity report of the Hessian State Archives 2014, p. 36 ff.
  5. ^ Nicola Wurthmann / Mareike Hoff: A new service point for the Hessian judiciary. The land register archive of the Hessian state archives . In: Archivnachrichten aus Hessen 10/2 (2010), pp. 4–6.
  6. ^ Katharina Schaal: The archive of the Philipps University of Marburg . In: Archivnachrichten aus Hessen 7/2 (2007), pp. 30–32.

Coordinates: 50 ° 48 ′ 12 ″  N , 8 ° 45 ′ 48 ″  E