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The Political Archive is the “memory” of the German foreign service. The archive contains 26 linear kilometres of material, which can be consulted for research purposes in line with the legal regulations. This website will tell you more about the services provided by the Political Archive.
How to prepare for your visit and how to get to the Reading Room.
This page contains essential background information for working with all of the holding groups. Sound preparation will make your work in the archives easier and faster.
Here you can find answers to frenquently asked questions about using the Political Archive as well as selected information.
Today, the Political Archive stores archive material covering over 26 linear kilometres. The structure of the record groups as well as a certain number of gaps in the records result from the Archive’s…
Important documents from the files of the Federal Foreign Office have been published with detailed comments in various academic series.
The statutory basis for the legal status, competence, responsibilities and use of the Political Archive is explained here.
Political Archive of the Federal Foreign Office
+49 (30) 1817-2179
+49 (30) 1817-5-2179
Kurstraße 36, 10117 Berlin
Monday - Thursday 8.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Friday 8.30 a.m. - 3.00 p.m.
(only with prior permission)
Pull times for records
Orders are accepted twice a day. Files ordered before 10 a.m. are made available in the reading room at 2 p.m. on the same day, files ordered before 2 p.m. are made available the following day when the reading room opens.