State archive Saxony-Anhalt

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The State Archive of Saxony-Anhalt (LASA) is the ministerial archive of the State of Saxony-Anhalt and the archive of the former central authorities of the Prussian Province of Saxony and the Free State of Anhalt and their predecessor territories from the 10th century. As one of the largest German state archives, it stores around 50 continuous kilometers of shelves documents , official books, files, drawings, maps and cracks as well as electronic and other data carriers from eleven centuries of German history at four locations . The State Archives Act of June 28, 1995 (last amendment of July 3, 2015) forms the basis for the activities of the State Main Archives Saxony-Anhalt.


Magdeburg Department
Dessau department
Merseburg department
Wernigerode location

The state archive of Saxony-Anhalt is subdivided as follows:

Central Services Department
Brückstrasse 2, 39114 Magdeburg
Magdeburg Department
Brückstrasse 2, 39114 Magdeburg
Magdeburg department, Wernigerode location
Lindenallee 21 ( orangery ), 38855 Wernigerode
Merseburg department
Koenig-Heinrich-Str. 83, 06217 Merseburg
Dessau department
Heidestraße 21 (old water tower ), 06842 Dessau-Roßlau


The predecessor authority of the Magdeburg Department and indirectly the Merseburg Department - whose older holdings were in Magdeburg until 1993 - was the Magdeburg State Archives. This was set up in 1823 as the state archive of the newly formed Prussian province of Saxony. In the state of Anhalt, which was politically independent until the end of the Second World War, there had also been a state archive in Zerbst since the 1870s , which was relocated to Oranienbaum Palace after being destroyed in the war in 1945 and the Magdeburg archive, which was now called the State Main Archive Magdeburg or Saxony-Anhalt until 1964, subordinate. The State Archive of Saxony-Anhalt was created in 2001 through the amalgamation of the State Archives Magdeburg - State Main Archives -, the State Archives Merseburg and the State Archives Oranienbaum, which had only been formed in 1993 through the restructuring of the State Main Archive Saxony-Anhalt or by taking over an empty archive building (Merseburg, DZA) . On July 11, 2015, following the amendment of the Archive Act, it was renamed the State Archive of Saxony-Anhalt.

Until 1993/94 there were five other state archive locations in Saxony-Anhalt that belonged to the German Central Archives of the GDR and were located in Merseburg , Coswig (Anhalt) , Dornburg , Barby and Möckern . Oranienbaum Castle was also an archive location.


Heads, directors or leaders

of the Magdeburg archive:

Well-known archivists


  • Rudolf Engelhardt, Josef Hartmann: Magdeburg State Archives 1949–1979. In: Archive messages . Journal for Theory and Practice of Archives, Issue 2 (1979), pp. 43–48.
  • Rudolf Engelhardt, Josef Hartmann, Wolfgang Hassel: The State Archives Magdeburg 1979–1989. In: Archive messages. Journal for Theory and Practice of Archives, Issue 4 (1989), pp. 110–113.

Web links

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