Schwerin Main State Archive (Landeshauptarchiv)

The State Archive can look back on a long history that is closely linked to the development of Mecklenburg. Already in the 15th century an archive of documents of the Mecklenburg dukes can be found at Schwerin Castle. In the 16th and 17th century, the residences in Schwerin and Güstrow were home to special chancellery archives, which formed the basis for the main archive after the last division of the main land in Schwerin in 1701. After further additions in 1779, it was united with the document archive to form the Secret and Main Archive of the Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

1909 - 1911 the current archive building at the Burgsee was built according to the plans of the architect Paul Ehmig. After the Second World War, the preservation and repatriation of the stored material was a main priority. The dissolution of the state of Mecklenburg and the formation of the northern districts in the former GDR resulted in extensive access to files from 1952 onwards, which finally led to the establishment of a branch office in the former Marstall building in Ludwigslust. The Mecklenburg State Archives were responsible for the two districts of Schwerin and Neubrandenburg.

Since the re-establishment of the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in 1990, the document fund has been considerably enriched by the takeover of files of the dissolved state and economic bodies as well as the former parties and mass organizations.

On 01.01.2006 the Landeshauptarchiv Schwerin was transferred to the newly established Landesamt für Kultur und Denkmalpflege.


Landeshauptarchiv Schwerin
Graf-Schack-Allee 2
19053 Schwerin
Phone: +49 385-588791 11
Fax: +49 385-588794 12

Greifswald State Archive (Landearchiv Greifswald)

The Greifswald State Archive is a relatively young foundation of the immediate post-war period. As a branch of the Mecklenburg State Archives Schwerin it was established in August 1946 in the old Greifswald barracks building at the Nexöplatz in order to take up the archives of the former Szczecin State Archives. Today the holdings of the former State Archives of Szczecin can be found in the State Archives of Greifswald, Szczecin and Köslin.

Since 1993, the State Archive also houses the extensive holdings of the SED district administration in Rostock as well as the archives of many parties and mass organizations of the former northern district of the GDR. With the State Archives Act in the summer of 1997 and an ordinance on the competence of the state archives in 1998, the Greifswald State Archives are responsible for the archival support of all state authorities and subordinate federal authorities based in one of the five north-eastern districts of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Since 1990, the main focus of the archive's activities has been on tasks that have arisen in connection with the legal regulations governing the reappraisal of the GDR's past. Extensive research into the regulation of open property issues, rehabilitation procedures, pension certificates and the safeguarding of personal rights of individual citizens. In addition, there are requests for confirmation of forced labour in the Pomeranian region, requests for information about family members from Pomerania who have disappeared since the war, and constantly increasing family history inquiries from expellees from the Federal Republic of Germany that were not possible before 1990.


Landesarchiv Greifswald
Martin-Andersen-Nexö-Platz 1
17489 Greifswald
Phone: +49 385-588797 00
Fax: +49 385-588797 12

State Church Archive Schwerin (Landeskirchliches Archiv Schwerin

By announcement of 16.11.1936, a regional church archive office was formed in the former Mecklenburg state church, with the task maintaining the archives of the state church locally.

At the same time the position of a regional church archivist was created. The current church archive developed only since 1967 through the centralisation of the archival material from the individual areas and institutions of the regional church (previously the official archive of the Oberkirchenrat). It is responsible for church governing bodies (state synod, state bishop, church management, upper church council), state church offices and institutions, state church works and associations, specialist supervision within the framework of archive maintenance of the archives of the parishes (parish archives) and the church districts (state superintendent archives).


Landeskirchliches Archiv Schwerin
Am Dom 2
19010 Schwerin
Phone: +49 385-20223 292
Fax: +49 385-20223 299

State Church Archive Greifswald (Landeskirchliches Archiv Greifswald)

The State Church Archive Greifswald preserves the archives of the church governing bodies and church administration of the former Pomeranian State Church (Landeskirche Pommern) as well as its services and works.

The Archive is currently closed for structural reasons. A part of the outsourced collection is located in the Schwerin branch for indexing.

University Archive Greifswald

The university archive developed from the depository of documents established when the university was founded in 1456. The term "archivum universitatis", which was first used in 1603, initially refers only to the written records resulting from the activities of the Rector and the Council.
The 4 faculties and individual university authorities maintained their own archives for a long time, which were not merged with the files of the Rector and the Council until 1949/50. In the following years the archive developed into an important research centre. During the Second World War, extensive parts of the archive were relocated to Hinterpommern and West Germany and returned to Greifswald in 1965 and 1988 with almost no losses. The archive reports to the Chancellor of the University. As an administrative and final archive, its responsibility extends to documents that are ready to be archived for the whole university with all its structural parts, the dissolved and existing societies, associations and foundations which were or are associated with the university, the social organisations formerly existing at the university and the collection of personal documents / the bequests of personalities who are or were associated with the university through membership or cooperation.


University Archive Greifswald
Baderstraße 4/5
17487 Greifswald
Phone: +49 3834 4201156
Fax: +49 3824 4201159

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

Rostock City Archive

The origins of the Rostock Council Archive can be traced back to the year 1265. Dr. Karl Koppmann was the first historian and archivist to take over the management of the house in 1884, transforming it into a modern city archive.

The archive moved in 1907. After damage caused by bomb hits in 1942 (approx. 300 running metres of Niedergerichtsakten) and the subsequent removal of the holdings, archival work was continued in 1946. The administrative archive of the city of Rostock was subordinated to the city archive in 1969. Since 1976 the house has had its own photo and reproduction office. Since 1996, the archive has been under the control of the Senate Department for Schools, Culture and Sport as an independent office.


Archiv der Hansestadt Rostock
Hinter dem Rathaus 5
18050 Rostock
Phone: +49 381-38113 61
Fax: +49 381 38119 947

Schwerin City Archive

The archive was founded in 1949 and took over the old registration of the magistrate and its specialist offices. It is responsible for the records of the Schwerin city administration.


Stadtarchiv Schwerin
Johannes-Stelling-Str. 2
19053 Schwerin
Phone: +49 385-562970
Fax: +49 3834 55156944

Stralsund City Archive

The first written document in the city archive of the Hanseatic City of Stralsund is from the 13th century with the city foundation deed of 31.10.1234. But it was not until the end of the 18th century that Rudolf Gülich made the attempt to bring order to the Council archives.

In 1919 the archive was given a director, but this was done in personal union with the museum, the library and the adult education centre. The processing of the holdings was still unthinkable. A glimmer of hope was the processing of the documents by the retired State Archives Director Hermann Hoogeweg in the 1920s. After the Second World War, the outsourced holdings were returned and checked. Herbert Ewe's appointment as archive director in 1952 marked the beginning of the scientific processing of the holdings. In addition to this activity, he renovated the Johanniskloster in order to be able to use this gem for the archive. The "Generalregister" he developed has meanwhile been replaced by modern computer technology. Since 1991, all holdings have been recorded electronically. The "Ariadne" programme has already made it possible to do a large part of the research online. The old holdings, the collection and the extensive library are intended for successive electronic recording.


Stadtarchiv Stralsund
Am Johanniskloster 35
18439 Stralsund
Phone: +49 3831-6664666
Fax: +49 3831-666464

Wismar City Archive

The Archive of the Hanseatic City of Wismar can look back on a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages as the "memory of the city administration". Today it sees itself both as an institution for researching the city's history and as a service institution for the interests of citizens and the city administration.

Since moving into new and modern equipped premises in 1998, it offers its users significantly improved working conditions. In addition to the 920 sacred and secular documents, the archive stores around 2000 linear metres of files. The extensive collections, including drawings, plans, photographs, films and posters, as well as the Council and Museum Library with over 25,000 volumes and a comprehensive newspaper collection, supplement the tradition of the eventful history of the Hanseatic City of Wismar and the offices of Poel and Neukloster. Through its own exhibitions and the publication of the "Wismarer Beiträge" as a popular science series, the archive is actively involved in historical educational work.


Archiv der Hansestadt Wismar
Altwismarstraße 7-17
23966 Wismar
Phone: +49 3841 251-4080
Fax: +49 3841 251-4082

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