The Stadtarchiv Nürnberg

With the annexation of the Imperial City of Nuremberg by the Kingdom of Bavaria in 1806, the Imperial City Archive was transferred to the Bavarian State. After the re-establishment of a municipal self-government in 1818, the state returned part of the archives, including the foundations' archives first and foremost, to the City of Nuremberg. These archives and the files that have grown since then in the municipal registries formed the basis for the Stadtarchiv Nürnberg (City Archive Nuremberg), which was re-established in 1864/65 and is one of the largest municipal archives in Germany due to its extensive tradition, especially of the 19th and first half of the 20th century, as well as the "private" archives collected in addition to the "official" tradition. The holdings kept there date back to the year 1050.

The Stadtarchiv Nürnberg sees itself as the "city's memory" by acting as a knowledge repository and service provider for the public, science, local history and family research and administration. It is responsible for all questions concerning Nuremberg's city history and develops its own research projects. By evaluating, taking over, maintaining and indexing archival documents, the Stadtarchiv Nürnberg is safeguarding the city's historical tradition and at the same time leading it into the future. In this way, the institution makes it possible for administrative action to be traced, serves to protect the law and makes the authentic sources available to all citizens for a wide range of questions.

The city archive keeps all kinds of documents resulting from the city administration's work: documents, files, protocols, electronic data, media products. Photos, maps, plans, films, sound recordings, posters and postcards on Nuremberg history are collected as a supplementary tradition. Patrician archives, family archives, individual bequests, corporate and association archives provide unique insights into the city's history.

The archive material is stored under suitable climatic conditions so that it can survive for the next centuries. The indexing of content in a database, the contents of which can also be accessed on the Internet, enables research on a wide variety of issues. The city archive is also the contact point for oral and written information as well as individual advice in the search for historical sources. These can be viewed analogue in the reading room and also in the digital reading room in future.

In the field of researching and mediating the history of the city, the City Archives evaluate sources themselves, publish research results in individual publications and publication series or illustrate them in exhibitions on the history of the city and the historical cityscape. In addition, oral history projects highlight individual aspects of Nuremberg's city history.

Antonia Landois

Collections owned by the Stadtarchiv Nürnberg available on bavarikon

Exhibitions of the Stadtarchiv Nürnberg available in bavarikon


Stadtarchiv Nürnberg
Marientorgraben 8
90402 Nürnberg

Telephone: +49 (0)911/231-2770