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  1. The Austrian State Archives and its Importance for Interregional Research CrArc-Meeting 17 - 19 October 2012 in Wien-Erdberg
  2. Interregional Importance Today‘s Austria is a small country, But an „archival great-power“ It holds large quantities of archival sources, especially in its capital: Vienna Why?
  3. Vienna as Aulic Residence  Until 1806, Vienna has been residence of the Holy Roman Empire and the Habsburg dynasty  Until 1918, Vienna has been the capital of an European great power: the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy
  4. Common Central Authorities After 1918 the records created by the central administration of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy remained in Vienna also the records of the Holy Roman Emire of the German Nation Today these files are kept by the Austrian State Archives
  5. The Austrian State Archives • The Austrian State Archives are a public equivalent body of the Federal Chancellory of Austria • founded in 1945, • uniting several public archives, • housed in different locations in Vienna
  6. Today‘s Locations  Central Building (since 1988) Nottendorfer Gasse 2 (Wien-Erdberg) Underground Line U3, Bus Terminal director general, administration, 3 of the 4 departments  House-, Court- and State Archives (HHStA) Minoritenplatz 1 (Downtown) Underground Line U3  Old Aulic Chamber Archive, Franz Grillparzer-Room Johannesgasse 6 (Downtown) Exhibition- and events centre (in preperation)
  7. Central Building in Erdberg
  8. Key Performance Indicators 4 departments 200 kilometres of records 800.000 volumes of publications 100 employees 5.000 users per year 10.000 written inquiries per year Our oldest record: a Carolingian parchment from 816 (HHStA)
  9. Organigram of the OeStA
  10. Archive of the Republic (AdR) • „living archive“ • founded in 1983 • holds public records from 1918 to the present • acquisition of records from the Federal administration of Austria • digital longterm archiving – archiving of electronic files (digLA)
  11. Historical Archives Historical Archives – „dead archives“ 1. General Administrative Archive / Finance, and Aulic Chamber Archives (AVA/FHKA) 2. Family, Court and State Archives (HHStA) 3. War Archives (KA)
  12. AVA/FHKA General Administrative Archive / Finance, and Aulic Chamber Archives (AVA/FHKA) • Records of the Austrian central administration until 1918: for internal affairs, justice, education, agriculture, trade, tr affic, and finance
  13. HHStA Family, Court and State Archives (HHStA) • location Minoritenplatz (downtown) • hold records until 1918: on the history of the Holy Roman Empire on the history of house and court of the Habsburg empire, and concerning the diplomacy of Austria-Hungary
  14. War Archives (KA) 50 kilometres of records military records of the Habsburg monarchy, until 1918 military parish registers, until 1938 (CrArc) military collections: maps, plans, pictures, personal papers library of the OeStA
  15. Repository – War Archives
  16. Homepage of the OeStA  Address: Navigation:  Tasks & Organisation  Holdings  User Information  Publications  Service  Family research
  17. Homepage (German)
  18. Homepage (English)
  19. User information – reading room Erdberg
  20. Research Archive information system: Register of Archives Administrative library • Collection of links: Service  Collection of links • Tips for researchers: Tasks & Organisation  Kriegsarchiv  Tips for researchers Tasks & Organisation  The Hungarian archival delegation
  21. Archive Information System
  22. Structured Search
  23. Relevance for interregional research  Because of the transnational relevance of our records, the OeStA are of special relevance for historical research: • for the „successor states“ of the Austro-Hungarian Empire • for our neighbors • for interregional topics and projects
  24. Baden Agreement 1926 • These circumstances were taken into account long before the foundation of the OeStA: • by an agreement between the Republic of Austria and the Kingdom of Hungary: the so-called „Baden Agreement on Archives“ from 1926
  25. The Hungarian archival delegation • one dalegate at the HHStA (Magyar Országos Levéltár) • two delegates at the War Archives (KA) (Hadtörténelmi Intézet és Muzeum) relevant even for Slovakian historical research!
  26. Other bilateral Agreements • Further bilateral agreements exist between the OeStA and several national archival administrations, that is to say: Albania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Mazedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slova kia, Slovenia, and the Ukraine
  27. Interregional Projects 2012 • The OeStA is a popular project partner • Current: CrArc – Memory without Borders restauration, digitalization, and registration of files of transnational /interregional interest (several partners from Slovakia and Austria) • Current: Forte Cultura – Fortified Heritage multidisziplinary utilization of fortifications between Baltic and Adriatic Sea (Partners from Poland, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia and Ukraine) • In preperation: Digitization of documents on World War One from Southeastern Europe (Partner: public archives in South East and Central Europe)
  28. Thank you for attention! ©Dr. Christoph Tepperberg KRIEGSARCHIV