State Archives Leipzig

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The Leipzig State Archive was founded in 1954 and has been a department of the Saxon State Archive since 2007 .

State Archives Leipzig


The Leipzig State Archive stores around 25 kilometers of regular shelves for documents , official books, files, drawings, maps and cracks as well as electronic and other data carriers from nine centuries of German history. The basis of the activity is the Archives Act of the Free State of Saxony .

Within the Saxon State Archive, the State Archive Leipzig is responsible for archiving documents from the courts, authorities and other public bodies in the former administrative district of Leipzig . It also archives documents from the economy, parties and organizations, associations, estates and collections.

The archives of more than 40 mainly Leipzig publishers, including such well-known ones as FA Brockhaus , EA Seemann, Gustav Kiepenheuer, S. Hirzel, Edition Leipzig, Bernhard Tauchnitz, Bosworth & Co, Friedrich Hofmeister, Anton J. Benjamin / Hans C. Sikorski, Verlag für die Frau or BG Teubner.

The State Archive in Leipzig, with a total length of over 720 meters, contains the most important archival records from music publishers in German-speaking countries in terms of both quality and quantity. It covers the 19th and 20th centuries and documents the national and international activities of important music publishers such as Breitkopf & Härtel , CF Peters and VEB Deutscher Verlag für Musik.

Another focus of the tradition is the holdings of the Central Office for German Personal and Family History Leipzig , which was independent until 1995 , today the German Central Office for Genealogy , including the family history collections of the Reichssippenamt.


The Leipzig State Archive was set up in 1954 as a branch of the Dresden State Archive under the name "Leipzig State Archive". In 1965 it was converted into an independent state archive with the name “State Archive Leipzig”. In 1995, the Central Office for German Personal and Family History Leipzig was incorporated into the Leipzig State Archives. Also in 1995 the State Archives moved out of the building of the former Reichsgericht and moved into a modern functional building in the Leipzig district of Paunsdorf .

On January 1, 2005, the Leipzig State Archives were merged with the State Archives in Chemnitz and Dresden , the Freiberg Mountain Archives and the Central Department to form the “Saxon State Archives”. The former Leipzig State Archives have existed as Department 3 of the Saxon State Archives since 2007.



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  • Thekla Kluttig: The German Central Office for Genealogy - Myth and Reality , in: Archivar 66 (2013), Issue 1, pp. 6–12.
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  • Thekla Kluttig: Free from the archive box. Archives of publishers in the Saxon State Archives - State Archives Leipzig , in: Archivar 65 (2012), Issue 4, pp. 380–386.
  • Thekla Kluttig: From rose petals, banknotes and the Swiss Confederation - Sources on Leipzig companies in the Leipzig State Archives , in: Leipzig's economy in the past and present. Actors, scope for action, effects (1400-2011), ed. by Susanne Schötz , Leipzig 2012, pp. 417–432.
  • Thekla Kluttig: Archives of the economy in an East German state archive - the example of Leipzig , in: Archive and Economy 45 (2012) Issue 3, pp. 125–132.
  • Volkmar Weiss: The extended SächsArchReport. Documentation from the head of the German Central Office for Genealogy 1990 - 2007 . Neustadt an der Orla: Arnshaugk 2019, ISBN 978-3-95930-202-9 .

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Coordinates: 51 ° 20 ′ 45.6 ″  N , 12 ° 28 ′ 22.3 ″  E