City Archives Neuss

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City Archives Neuss

The Neuss City Archive is a municipal archive . It stores documents on the history of the city of Neuss from the Middle Ages to the present on around 4000 meters of shelves . Since 1967 it has been housed in two listed buildings at Oberstrasse 15.


A public archive in Neuss was first mentioned in a document in 1247 . It was located in the town hall and was subordinate to the town clerk . Some documents were lost in a major fire in 1586. In 1876 the city council refused to hand over the archive to the State Archives in Düsseldorf. In 1944, valuable holdings were relocated to Niesen Castle near Willebadessen to protect them from the effects of war. From 1950 to 1961 the archive was headed by Irmgard Feldhaus , who was also responsible for the city library and the Clemens Sels Museum . In 1961 the archive became independent and received a full-time city archivist in Joseph Lange . In 1967 the company moved to a building that the city had bought. In 1978 Jürgen Huck took over the management of the city archive and held it until his retirement in 1989. Jens Metzdorf has headed the archive since 2002 . A support association, the Forum Archive and History Neuss e. V. , founded in 2008.


The administration and reading room are located in a building that was built in 1778 in a classicist style as the post house of the Imperial Post Office . The first post holder was Peter Joseph Nepes. The building served as a post office until 1834. From 1851 to 1905 it was the seat of the stearin light factory Gebrüder Sels, then the candle factory Oberbeck & Sohn. In 1965 it was bought by the city.

The magazine is located in a former warehouse built in 1909 from reinforced concrete in the courtyard. It was renovated in 2009.


In addition to other publications on the history of Neuss, the city archive has been issuing the yearbook Novaesium - Neusser Jahrbuch für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte ISSN  0077-7862 together with the Clemens-Sels-Museum since 2004 .

Web links

Commons : Stadtarchiv Neuss  - collection of images

Coordinates: 51 ° 11 ′ 42.5 "  N , 6 ° 41 ′ 51.5"  E