About us

The German Archives Portal (Archivportal-D) contains archival information provided by German-based archives and is the central access point for users interested in Germany´s archival material.

The project "Building a German Archives Portal"

With the project "Building a German Archives Portal", a basis to enable users to access digital archival records (e. g. information on institutions, index information as well as digitized archival material) via the internet has been established. The project kicked off at the end of 2012 and is for now scheduled to run until May 2016. It offers central and comprehensive access to records of all kinds of German archives, including state and local archives, church archives and business archives. Researchers are able to sift through the finding aids provided by the participating archives, to view search results and, if available, to have a look at digital copies of archival records. Thus, the Archivportal-D significantly facilitates and accelerates comparative research in the inventories of a wide variety of different archives.

The project forms part of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB). In addition to developing and further customizing the data management layer for the Archivportal-D, a presentation layer specifying the different types of archives has been generated. In terms of organisation and technical environment, the Archivportal-D has been embedded inside the DDB. Hence it is able to guarantee a long-term and persistent operation from an archive-specific perspective.


The German Research Foundation has funded the realization of the Archivportal-D since autumn 2012. The project consortium consists of reliable and skilled institutions:

-        Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg (project leadership)

-        FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz-Institut für Informationsinfrastruktur

-        Archivschule Marburg – Hochschule für Archivwissenschaft

-        Landesarchiv Nordrhein-Westfalen

-        Sächsisches Staatsarchiv

-        Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (since 2015)