Lower Saxony State Archives (Germany)
visiting and postal address
Am Archiv 1
+49.(0)511.120 66 01
+49.(0)511.120 66 39
Dr. Sabine Graf
tel: +49.(0)511.120 66 85
fax: +(49).(0)511.120 66 39
* Hannover: Mon, Wed, Fri 8.00-16.00, Tue, Thu 8.00-18.30
* Aurich: Mon-Fri 8.00-16.00
* Bückeburg: Mon-Fri 8.00-16.00
* Oldenburg: Mon, Wed, Fri 8.00-16.00, Tue, Thu 8.00-18.30
* Osnabrück: Mon, Wed, Fri 8.00-16.00, Tue, Thu 8.00-18.30
* Stade: Mon-Fri 8.00-17.00
* Wolfenbüttel: Mon, Wed, Fri 8.00-16.00, Tue, Thu 8.00-18.30
Public access to the archives is granted.
holdings, mission, structure
The Lower Saxony State Archives retain the state source records for the German Federal State area of Lower Saxony and its predecessors. Currently, there are approx. 90 km of documents, files, maps, plans, images and electronic files available from as early as the 9th century until today - spanning almost 1,200 years. The electronic documentation system at present provides approx. 8 million sets of data, and records are continuously added to.
The duties of the Landesarchiv are determined by the Niedersächsisches Archivgesetz (Lower Saxony law concerning archives). Accordingly, the Landesarchiv identifies from the records of relevant authorities and the courts of the Federal State what is worth archiving, i.e. whatever is of lasting value. These records are adopted as archives, communicated and made available.
In addition, archivists take a vital part in publishing and using the archives.
The Landesarchiv is established at 7 locations: Hannover (capital of the Federal State Lower Saxony), Aurich, Bückeburg, Oldenburg, Osnabrück, Stade, and Wolfenbüttel. The Zentrale Archivverwaltung (central archive administration) and the Hauptstaatsarchiv Hannover (main state archive) are located in Hannover. Archival jurisdiction extends over historical territories and today's administrative districts. Division in accordance with historical territories (duchies, bishoprics, princedoms, and counties):
* Lüneburg, Calenberg-Göttingen and Hildesheim: Hauptstaatsarchiv Hannover,
* Ostfriesland (East Frisia): Staatsarchiv Aurich,
* Schaumburg: Staatsarchiv Bückeburg,
* Oldenburg: Staatsarchiv Oldenburg,
* Osnabrück, Bentheim, Emsland: Staatsarchiv Osnabrück,
* Bremen and Verden: Staatsarchiv Stade,
* Braunschweig: Staatsarchiv Wolfenbüttel.
* Hauptstaatsarchiv Hannover is responsible for supreme state authorities and central sectorial planning agencies, general state authorities, and the Courts of the Region Hannover and the administrative districts of Diepholz, Hameln-Pyrmont, Hildesheim, Holzminden, and Nienburg (Weser);
* Staatsarchiv Aurich for general state authorities and Courts within the administrative districts of Aurich, Leer, and Wittmund as well as of the City of Emden;
* Staatsarchiv Bückeburg for general state authorities and Courts in the administrative district Schaumburg;
* Staatsarchiv Oldenburg for general state authorities and Courts within the administrative districts of Ammerland, Cloppenburg, Friesland, Oldenburg, Wesermarsch, and Vechta as well as of the Cities of Delmenhorst, Oldenburg (in Oldenburg), and Wilhelmshaven;
* Staatsarchiv Osnabrück for general state authorities and Courts within the administrative districts of Emsland, Grafschaft (County of) Bentheim, and Osnabrück as well as of the City of Osnabrück;
* Staatsarchiv Stade for the general state authorities and Courts within the administrative districts of Celle, Cuxhaven, Harburg, Lüchow-Dannenberg, Lüneburg, Osterholz, Rotenburg (Wümme), Soltau-Fallingbostel, Stade, Uelzen, and Verden;
* Staatsarchiv Wolfenbüttel for general state authorities and Courts within the administrative districts of Gifhorn, Göttingen, Goslar, Helmstedt, Northeim, Osterode am Harz, Peine, and Wolfenbüttel as well as the Cities of Braunschweig, Salzgitter, and Wolfsburg.
Veröffentlichungen der Niedersächsischen Archivverwaltung.
holdings concerning the Baltic Sea
*Provincial Archives in Hanover:
Relations of the principality of Calenberg to Courland, Denmark, Holstein, Livonia, Lübeck, Mecklenburg, Poland, Pomerania, Prussia, Russia, Sweden
Relations of the principality of Lüneburg to Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Prussia, Livonia, Courland, Moscow, Lübeck (grand chapter), Pilten/Livonia, Prussia, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg, Pomerania
Estates (Caroline Mathilde, Queen of Denmark e. g.)
Relations of the German Chancellery in London to St. Petersburg, Copenhagen, Prussia, Holstein, Mecklenburg
Occupation of Mecklenburg
* Provincial Archives in Aurich:
Relations of the county of East Frisia to Denmark, Lübeck, Poland, Sweden
* Provincial Archives in Bückeburg:
Relations of the county of Schaumburg(-Lippe) to Denmark, Sweden, Prussia, Mecklenburg, Pomerania, Schleswig-Holstein, Lübeck
* Provincial Archives in Oldenburg:
Relations of the county (duchy) of Oldenburg to Denmark, Sweden, Schleswig-Holstein, Russia
* Provincial Archives in Osnabrück:
Material concerning the Peace of Westphalia
* Provincial Archives in Stade:
Swedish administration of the provinces Bremen and Verden
* Provincial Archives in Wolfenbüttel:
Relations of the principality of Wolfenbüttel (duchy of Brunswick) to Lübeck, Mecklenburg, Pomerania, Denmark, Poland, Russia and Courland
Collection of G. S. A. von Praun
Congratulations of Tsar Peter I to the Duchess Christine Louise of Braunschweig-Lüneburg on the birth of their common grandson, Peter (II), 1715