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The Austrian State Archives and its Importance for Interregional Research

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Presentation of the Austrian State Archives and it´s work in international projects by Christoph Tepperberg at the workshop "Österreichische Archive in Europa", 17.th & 18th of October 2012 in the Austrian state Archives in Vienna

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The Austrian State Archives and its Importance for Interregional Research

  1. 1. The Austrian State Archives and its Importance for Interregional Research CrArc-Meeting 17 - 19 October 2012 in Wien-Erdberg
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 7. Central Building in Erdberg
  8. 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. 9. Organigram of the OeStA
  10. 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. 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. 12. AVA/FHKAGeneral 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. 13. HHStAFamily, 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. 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. 15. Repository – War Archives
  16. 16. Homepage of the OeStA Address: www.oesta.gv.atNavigation: Tasks & Organisation Holdings User Information Publications Service Family research
  17. 17. Homepage (German)
  18. 18. Homepage (English)
  19. 19. User information – reading room Erdberg
  20. 20. ResearchArchive information system: www.archivinformationssystem.at/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. 21. Archive Information System
  22. 22. Structured Search
  23. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 28. Thank you for attention! ©Dr. Christoph Tepperberg KRIEGSARCHIV christoph.tepperberg@oesta.gv.at