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The Austrian State Archives

War Archives

Contents:

INTRODUCTION


Address:

Kriegsarchiv
Nottendorfergasse 2-4
A-1030 Wien

Tel: (0222) 795 40 - 0
Fax: (0222) 795 40 -109
(Notice: the phone number from abroad is: +43-1-79540 - 0 resp. +43-1-79540 - 109)

(You may reach the archive via subway line U 3, station Erdberg)

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CHARACTERISTICS AND PHYSICAL SIZE

The origins of Austrian military archival affairs date back to the year 1711, when through the initiative of the former president of the Imperial Aulic War Council Prince Eugene of Savoy, the ”Aulic War Council Chancellery's Archive” was established. But only in 1801 were the actual ”Imperial-Royal War Archives” founded on the initiative of Archduke Charles of Austria. In the course of the 19th century this institution became the central military archives of the Habsburg Monarchy and a center for military historical research. Today the archives has in its custody the holdings of the central military offices, the territorial authorities and the field chancelleries of the Imperial (&) Royal Army. Additionally it holds the archives of the Imperial (&) Royal Navy and famous collections of maps, plans and pictures. Thus the War Archives offers a single source for the history of most European states and of many overseas territories.

The Archives holds about 40 linear kilometers (roughly 25 miles) of records including more than 240,000 archival units (boxes/facsimiles/books), more than 416,000 maps and plans, as well as about 300,000 pictures.

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Directorate

Director: Hofrat Dr. Rainer Egger (Ext. 450)
Assistant Director: Hofrat Dr. Peter Broucek (Ext. 400)
Secretariat: Mrs. Monika Heckermann (Ext. 452)

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PRACTICAL HINTS FOR USERS AND CLIENTS

In principle, all records more than thirty years old are available to the public, so long as they do not fall under the provisions of the Information Protection Act or the Personal Information Act. A printed inventory, and help guides concerning the various record groups are available in the research room. Because of the organizational procedures, archival documents are not available for use until 24 hours after being ordered. Records can used exclusively in the central research room of the Austrian State Archives (Ext. 504).

Initial information will be given by the archives' directorate. If not too time-consuming, written inquiries will be answered without charge by the archive advisors. Photocopies, photographs, readerprints and microfilms can be ordered for a charge.

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OPENING-HOURS OF THE RESEARCH ROOM

Monday and Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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THE ARCHIVAL HOLDINGS


1st Group: Personnel Records

Advisor: Oberrat Dr. Christoph Tepperberg (Ext. 408)

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2nd Group: House-Guards and Military-Schools

Advisor: Beamtin Renate Domnanich (Ext. 409)

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3rd Group: Parish Registers and War Casualties

Advisor: (**) Fachoberinspektor Karl Taferner (Ext. 413)

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4th Group: Judicial Archives

Advisor: Vertragsbediensteter Rudolf Ganser (Ext. 410)

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5th Group: Old Campaign Files

Advisor: Hofrat Dr. Peter Broucek (Ext.. 400)

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6th Group: New Campaign Files

Advisor: Rat Mag. Dr. Wolfgang Kuderna (Ext. 403)

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7th Group: Central Offices

Advisor: Amtsdirektor RegRat Karl Rossa (Ext. 453)

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8th Group: Mid Offices and Territorial Authorities

Advisor: Amtsdirektor RegRat Karl Rossa (Ext. 453)

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9th Group: Naval Archives

Advisor: Rat Dr. Peter Jung (Ext. 317)

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10th Group: Air Force Archives

Advisor: Rat Dr. Peter Jung (Ext. 317)

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11th Group: Collections of Maps and Plans

Advisor: Rat Mag. Dr. Robert Rill (Ext. 300)

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11th Group: Collections of Pictures

Advisor: Beamter Otto Kellner (Ext. 310)

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Records' group "Personal - Funds and Collections"

Advisor: Hofrat Dr. Peter Broucek (Ext. 400)

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Notes

(*) Restricted access
(**) Public registry office (military parish registers)

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

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Last modified: 25-Jan-98 (rmh)
This page originally created November 1996
Contents: Rainer Egger, Christoph Tepperberg; layout: Arnold Schoba
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