Archives: Inspection of archival material

Archives in Schleswig-Holstein are open to everyone.

Archives in Schleswig-Holstein are open to everyone. For scientific purposes, for local history issues, for researching your own family or for clarifying legal issues, you can evaluate archival material in the relevant archive. Archival material can be files, but also maps, documents, photos, films or digital data. Many archives maintain libraries with local and regional historical publications.

The Landesarchiv Schleswig-Holstein in Schleswig takes over and secures the historical documents of the state administration and its predecessor authorities centrally. The cities, districts, offices and municipalities maintain their own archives. In addition to the State Archives and the Municipal Archives, you can also use church archives for your research. The archive of the Christian-Albrechts-Universit├Ąt is managed in the Landesarchiv.

Archives open up historical documents in databases and directories that are available in the reading rooms of the archives and partly on the Internet. The archive staff will support you in your research.

Inspection is only possible on site in the reading rooms during opening hours. The valuable documents cannot be borrowed. As a rule, however, reproductions can be commissioned. Prior registration may be required.

Some archives require the presentation of your identity card. Detailed information can be obtained from the respective archive.


Further information can also be found on the website of the Schleswig-Holstein Archives.

  • Schleswig-Holstein Archives

Act on the Protection and Use of Public Archives in Schleswig-Holstein (Landesarchivgesetz - LArchG).

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