Digital Collection of the University Archive Rostock

The University Archive Rostock with its historical holdings houses the memory of one of the oldest universities in Germany and the Baltic Sea region. With more than 3,000 linear metres of files and over 100 documents, it is one of the oldest and largest institutions of its kind in Germany.

With the foundation of the university in 1419, the historical tradition began. The development of the university is reflected in the holdings of the University Archive in varying densities.

The Archive has a long tradition. It has its origins in the archives of the Rector's Office and the Dean's Office. In 1878, the Council issued an archive regulation, on the basis of which the first archive of the university was established. Following the return of the holdings that had been removed during the Second World War, the archives developed continuously and systematically for the first time under their own specialist direction. The modern and digital cataloguing of the holdings began in 1992, which established the archive as an important research institution of the University of Rostock.

The university archive serves as a public archive for research and teaching at the university, its self-administration and legal security. Its task is to take over, index and secure archival documents from all structural areas of the university and their public accessibility. In addition, the documentation of the history of the University of Rostock is supplemented by bequests and collections.


University Archive Rostock
Universitätsplatz 1 
18055 Rostock
Phone: +49 381 498 8621
Fax: +49 381 498 8622


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