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Archiv der Republik

Information in brief

The Archiv der Republik, the establishment of which is closely associated with the new State Archives building in Vienna-Erdberg, has existed as a department of the Austrian State Archives in its own right since 1983.

It is the Austrian centre of research in recent history, and in terms of archival responsibilities, it is in charge of valuing, destroying, taking over and safekeeping, securing, maintaining and repairing, describing, capturing and making available of all the records produced by the Austrian central services (all ministries, central agencies and subordinate units) since 1918.

Legally speaking, its work is governed by the Bundesarchivgesetz, Federal Law Gazette I no. 162/1999, the Bundesarchivgutverordnung, Federal Law Gazette II no. 367/2002, and the Verordnung über nicht archivwürdiges Schriftgut des Bundes, Federal Law Gazette II no. 366/2002 (the law on federal archives, the regulation on federal archival holdings and the regulation on federal records which do not have archival quality).

Those records of Austrian central services (federal ministries) which had been kept by the other departments of the Austrian State Archives up until 1983 as they belonged to their purview in terms of contents were transferred to the Archiv der Republik upon relocation to the building at Nottendorfer Gasse in 1987. Since then, all registries of archival quality have been taken over by the Archiv der Republik directly.

The archival holdings of the Archiv der Republik, which comprise a total of 66 000 linear metres, are now combined in 22 record groups. They are structured according to contents (with currently more than 700 sub-holdings), which facilitates internal division of labour and responsibilities as well as orientation for visitors to the archive.

In those cases in which it was not possible to divide holdings up as from the cut-off year of 1918, the allocation of records was decided on a case-by-case basis. This is the reason why the Archiv der Republik does not hold any records from the fields of justice and education dating to the era of the First Republic. These holdings continue to be part of the Allgemeine Verwaltungsarchiv.

Likewise, it was difficult to divide up records from the field of transport. For example, a series of acts and charters going back to as far as 1867 was taken over by the Archiv der Republik. Holdings from the period 1938 to 1945 do not fit into the stricter administrative framework, either. Records which were not military in nature were allocated to the individual record groups according to contents.