Welcome to the Archives of Germany's oldest University.
Here you can find out about the Archives' main functions, its holdings and its rules for use. Our historical documents are used for research in various ways. Here we also offer you an insight into publications based on our archived materials as well as projects that are still underway.
The University Archives is dedicated to acquiring administrative papers and records that are of continuing value for the “university's memory” but no longer needed by its departments and offices. These documents, which are normally related to the university's administration, research and teaching, as well as charters, registers and other materials are stored, preserved and then made accessible to the academic world and the general public. The Archives does not only focus on archival “classics” but also on personal papers, photographs, political pamphlets, plans and museum pieces, provided they refer to the history of Heidelberg University. Moreover, the University Archives incorporates a specialized library dealing with university history in particular.
A central institution of Heidelberg University, the Archives plays an important role in shaping the university's corporate identity. As it is a public institution, all archival materials are freely available unless their use is limited by legal regulation.
The move to the current building (Akademiestr. 4) in the old town of Heidelberg in 1998 was very beneficial, providing the Archives with additional storeroom; at present its holdings encompass about 4.000 linear metres.
This website offers a selection of online finding aids providing you with more detailed information on particular groups of records. This service is under constant development.