Using the archive

As a rule, archival items are available for research purposes after the 30-year retention period has expired (Bundesarchivgesetz § 8 Abs. 1) and provided that legal restrictions concerning data protection and personal rights are observed.

Prior to access, a user sheet must be completed and (on the first visit) a passport or similar official ID must be presented. It is recommended that you consult the responsible staff member or the head archivist before you initiate an archival research.

Please order archival items as early as possible. Orders take at least one day. Photocopies and scans can by provided for a fee as long as long as there are no conservational concerns.

Written research queries from researchers not located in Vienna will be processed according to available staff resources.