Sigmaringen State Archives

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The Sigmaringen State Archive , founded in 1865 as the Prussian State Archive , is located in Sigmaringen in Baden-Württemberg . It has been responsible for the Tübingen administrative region since 1973 . As part of the administrative structural reform, the former Baden-Württemberg State Archives Directorate and the six subordinate state archives were merged on January 1, 2005. Since then, the Sigmaringen State Archive has been a department of the Baden-Württemberg State Archive .


The Sigmaringen State Archives are responsible for the general and special administrative authorities, the courts and other offices of the state with their seat in the Tübingen administrative region as well as for the subordinate federal agencies that have their seat in the Tübingen administrative region. 347 registries are looked after.


The archive stores the written records of the state middle and local authorities in South Württemberg-Hohenzollern from 1806 to 1973 as well as the holdings of the central authorities of the State of Württemberg-Hohenzollern from 1945 to 1952 with the documents of the state parliament, the state chancellery, the ministries and the state court and the Administrative Court. The historical core is the tradition of the principalities of Hohenzollern-Hechingen and Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen , which were sovereign until 1850, as well as the Prussian administrative district of Sigmaringen, which existed until 1945, the so-called Hohenzollern Lands . The state holdings are supplemented by deposited archives, which have been handed down far back into the Middle Ages and are of great importance for the history of Hohenzollern and Upper Swabia . Only the Fürstlich Hohenzollern house and domain archive of the Prince of Hohenzollern , the Obermarchtal archive belonging to Prince Thurn and Taxis with the medieval and early modern tradition of the Friedberg- Scheer County , the Buchau Abbey and the Marchtal Monastery , the archives of the Counts and Barons Schenk von Stauffenberg and the Sigmaringen City Archives . Photo collections document everyday history in the 20th century. Photographs from the First World War and the railroad are of supraregional importance . The deposit of the Hohenzollerische Landesbahn AG is also important for the history of the railway .


The Prinzenbau - the seat of the State Archives
Historic interior

The Sigmaringen State Archive is housed in the so-called Prinzenbau in the Sigmaringen city center (Karlstrasse 1–3), a listed building complex, and has modern, air-conditioned warehouses. The Alte Prinzenbau, built by the princely building inspector Uhl between 1822 and 1825, was one of the first houses outside the city and was located in the “Long Garden”, which today extends as the “Prinzengarten” behind the buildings on Karlstrasse. The palace was the residence of Princess Amalie Zephyrine . The Neue Prinzenbau was built between 1842 and 1847 according to the plans of building inspector Bröm with neo-Gothic elements and one of the first hot water heating systems in Europe. Between 1988 and 1994 the building complex was renovated for more than 20 million German marks and fundamentally rebuilt for the purposes of the State Archives, with the old representative rooms such as the garden hall, mirror hall, black hall and the chapel being lovingly restored. The current archive building meets all technical requirements. The future viability of the site is also secured in the long term, as the property allows the construction of additional (underground) magazines. The historic rooms of the Prinzenbau, which has a decisive influence on the townscape of Sigmaringen, still allow an insight into the contemporary living culture of the Princely Hohenzollern family from the 19th century. Prince Leopold and his wife Antonia in particular shaped the appearance of the palace. The prince's building is adorned with a beautiful rose garden.



  • “The holdings of the Sigmaringen State Archives. Volume 2. South Württemberg. Wü and R holdings. ”(= Publications of the State Archives Administration Baden-Württemberg 53/2), Stuttgart 2000.
  • "State Archives Sigmaringen. History - holdings - tasks ”. Edited by the Sigmaringen State Archives. Edited by Albrecht Ernst, Sigmaringen 1994.
  • Walter Bernhardt: “The Princely Hohenzollern Archive in Sigmaringen from 1803 to the present.” In: Journal for Hohenzollern History 9, 1973, pp. 9–78.
  • Franz Herberhold : “The formation of the Sigmaringer Archives. A contribution to archival studies in the 19th century ” In: Archivalische Zeitschrift 50/51, 1955, pp. 71–90.
  • Maren Kuhn-Rehfus: “The Prinzenbau in Sigmaringen. On the building history of the Old and New Palais. A monument to historicism. ”In: Contributions to regional studies. Regular supplement to the State Gazette for Baden-Württemberg No. 2, 1981, pp. 8-14.
  • Wolfgang Schmiedl, Roland Zwickel: "Sigmaringen State Archive - Documentation of a Monument Restoration. " In: Journal for Hohenzollerische Geschichte 30/31, 1994/95, pp. 373–383.
  • Eugen Stemmler: "The Sigmaringen State Archive since 1945. New problems in an old archive." In: Der Archivar 14, 1961, Sp. 349–356.
  • Jürgen Treffeisen: "The Sigmaringen State Archive as the Archive of the State of Württemberg-Hohenzollern (1945–1952)". In: Zeitschrift für Hohenzollerische Geschichte 34, 1998, pp. 309–327.
  • Volker Trugenberger (Ed.): "The purely historical must also be important for the state". Historical treasures from the Sigmaringen State Archives , Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 2015 (accompanying volume to the exhibition of the Baden-Württemberg State Archives, Sigmaringen State Archives , on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Sigmaringen State Archives), ISBN 978-3-17-029436-3 .

Web links

Commons : State Archive Sigmaringen  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Maren Kuhn-Rehfus: The Prinzenbau in Sigmaringen. On the building history of the Old and New Palais. A monument to historicism . In: Contributions to regional studies . Regular supplement to the State Gazette for Baden-Württemberg No. 2, 1981, pp. 8-14.
  2. Michael Hescheler: The rescuer leaves the state archive. In: schwä Retrieved on August 4, 2020 : "Volker Trugenberger directed the State Archives for 25 years."
  3. Franz-Josef Ziwes is the new manager in the State Archives Sigmaringen. In: Baden-Württemberg State Archives. August 4, 2020, accessed on August 4, 2020 : “He will be followed by the previous deputy head, Dr. Franz-Josef Ziwes. "

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