City Archives Hanover

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City Archives Hanover

The Hannover City Archive is the largest municipal archive in Lower Saxony . It collects the written material resulting from the activities of the mayor, the council and the administrative bodies of the city of Hanover . The beginnings of the city archive go back to before 1300.


As part of the city ​​administration , the archive has always been located in the old town hall . The earliest archival index is documented in 1505. The stocks go back to the year 1241. The mayor Christian Ulrich Grupen carried out a comprehensive reorganization . In 1863 the rest of the administration moved into the Wangenheim Palace . The growing holdings led to the archive being outsourced from the town hall. In 1889 the facility was given new premises in what was then the new building of the Kestner Museum (now the Museum August Kestner ).

The flood disaster in February 1946 caused considerable flood damage. These losses have meant that 80% of the history of the town from the 19th century has been lost.

In 1952 the refurbishment took place in the Doge Wing of the Old Town Hall .

After the purchase of the property at Am Bokemahle 14/16 , an office and warehouse building of the pharmaceutical wholesaler Andreae-Noris Zahn AG , on October 29, 1985 , and the conversion of the former trading house into an archive building by the architect Ernst Friedrich Brockmann , the city archive relocated its seat in the south of the city .

Since 1889, the archive has been run by a full-time academic. Adolf Ulrich was the city's first scientific archivist. He was followed by Otto Jürgens , Karl Friedrich Leonhardt , Herbert Mundhenke , Klaus Mlynek and Karljosef Kreter . Cornelia Regin is currently the acting head of the city archives.

In 1999 the Friends of the City Archives Hannover was founded. The chairmanship was held from 1999 to 2013 by Günther Kokkelink , who was named honorary chairman after his departure. His successor is Carl-Hans Hauptmeyer .

In 2009 the city archive played a key role in the establishment of the regional emergency association for the protection of cultural property. Cornelia Regin has been appointed cultural property protection officer.


Citizen's letter for the sculptor Georg Herting
Magistrate of the then independent city of Linden , Old Linden City Hall , October 4, 1897

The archive has a rich mediaeval tradition that has been spared major losses. Only the fire in the bone hewn office building in 1428 tore gaps in the otherwise undisturbed rows of manuscripts (city books and registers). The stock of documents (from 1241) has survived the centuries without damage. Due to timely relocation during the Second World War , the archive was preserved. Nevertheless, there were serious losses of tradition. During the air raids on Hannover destroyed firebombs mainly documents the construction history and the Registry as Bauamt House (1943). Documents on the history of the 19th century were destroyed by the Leine flood of 1946.

The holdings totaling 10,000 meters of shelves include 6,000 documents (since 1241), 25,000 official books and registers (1289–1945 / 46), several 100,000 files (since 1500) and millions of residents' registration cards (since 1872) in various layers of tradition (from municipal departments, offices and agencies) including the minutes of the council up to the present. The holdings also include: 20,000 maps, plans and cracks (since 1725) and the documents (archives) of the incorporated municipalities since 1974. These include the city of Misburg and the municipalities of Ahlem , Anderten , Bemerode , Vinnhorst , Wettbergen and Wülferode .

In addition to the collection of Bernhard Homeister, the holdings of private origin include 100 family estates and similar items . a. by Hermann Wilhelm Bödeker , Conrad Wilhelm Hase , Rudolf Hillebrecht , family of Charlotte Kestner , b. Buff and Johann Christian Kestner with children and grandchildren especially August Kestner and Hermann Kestner , Georg Ludwig Friedrich Laves , Theodor Lessing , Friedrich Lindau , Kurt Morawietz , Edwin Oppler , the Volger family and the von Windheim family . In addition, the archive preserves association records and documents from the parties represented in the council, bequests from lost commercial enterprises such as Döhrener Wolle or deposits such as that of the Sparkasse Hannover . The collections include photos of urban origin, posters, postcards, seals and the urban autograph collection . The digital magazine serves (since 1999) the permanent preservation of documents from electronic systems.



Own publications

Other literature

Web links

Commons : Stadtarchiv Hannover  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. archive history
  2. ^ Karljosef Kreter. Gerhard Schneider (Hrsg.): City and tradition. Festschrift for Klaus Mlynek (= Hannoversche Studien , Vol. 7), Hannover: Hahn, 1999, ISBN 978-3-7752-4957-7 and ISBN 3-7752-4957-5 , p. 279; Preview over google books
  3. Klaus Mlynek : Homeister, (2) Bernhard. In: Dirk Böttcher , Klaus Mlynek, Waldemar R. Röhrbein, Hugo Thielen : Hannoversches Biographisches Lexikon . From the beginning to the present. Schlütersche, Hannover 2002, ISBN 3-87706-706-9 , pp. 177f .; online through google books
  4. Klaus Mlynek: ULRICH, (1) Adolf. In: Hannoversches Biographisches Lexikon , p. 366; online through google books

Coordinates: 52 ° 22 ′ 4.4 "  N , 9 ° 45 ′ 12.3"  E