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City Archive of Duisburg

The City Archive stores, organizes and registers documents that are important for the history of the city of Duisburg. It makes these documents available for scientific research and interested members of the public.

Most of the documents in the City Archive originate from municipal administrative institutions and committees. The tradition reaches from the Middle Ages to the present. It includes classic analog information carriers (e.g. documents, registers, files) as well as electronic data. In addition to documents from the administration, documents of private origin are also stored in the City Archives. These include materials from Duisburg associations as well as written bequests of important personalities in local politics and cultural life. In the library of the archive, you will find, beginning in the middle of the 19th century, all important publications on the history of the city of Duisburg and the region (Ruhr area and Lower Rhine region).

In order to make the archive material accessible, it is verified and recorded by the archivists. This is done with the help of a database, into which older finding aids are increasingly being incorporated. The staff advises the users on all questions of urban history by referring to relevant archival sources and literature.

The City Archive has its own restoration workshop. Here, archival documents that have been damaged by natural decay or mechanical impact are preserved and restored using tried and tested procedures.

City Archive of Duisburg

Opening Times & Contact

Your Contact

Karmelplatz 5
47051 Duisburg
Germany

Phone number
+49 203 283-2154
Fax
+49 203 283-4330
Opening hours
Tuesday to Friday
9.00 am - 1.00 pm
Thursday
1.00 pm - 6.00 pm
(charge-out until 4.00 pm)

The Duisburg City Archive will be open again with restrictions from Tuesday, 25 May 2021. Use is only possible by prior appointment by telephone. You can reach the archive team on 0203/283-2154 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday. In the reading room of the archive, you are required to wear a medical mask.

Important note: The Duisburg church and address books are currently outsourced to a service provider for digitisation. The church and address books are therefore currently not available in the reading room of the Duisburg City Archives. You will be able to view the original records again from the beginning of September 2021. Towards the end of the year, we will also make the digitised church and address books available online via the internet.
Our holdings
The city archive stores documents, city bills, files, registers as well as picture and sound documents. The holdings cover a period from the 12th century to the immediate present. Their volume amounts to a total of nine kilometers of shelving. The Duisburg City Archive is thus one of the largest municipal archives in North Rhine-Westphalia. You will find in the City Archive some 3,000 medieval charters documenting central municipal rights and obligations. The oldest document in the Duisburg City Archives is a royal charter from 1129. municipal bills, registers and files since the beginning of the early modern era. The City Archives have a complete series of minutes of the city council from 1538 onwards. city invoices from 1348 onwards provide an insight into the city's financial system, but also into the everyday life of its citizens. Files shed light on the political and social situation in the city of Duisburg from the perspective of municipal administrative offices, especially in...

The city archive stores documents, city bills, files, registers as well as picture and sound documents. The holdings cover a period from the 12th century to the immediate present. Their volume amounts to a total of nine kilometers of shelving. The Duisburg City Archive is thus one of the largest municipal archives in North Rhine-Westphalia.

You will find in the City Archive

  • some 3,000 medieval charters documenting central municipal rights and obligations. The oldest document in the Duisburg City Archives is a royal charter from 1129.
  • municipal bills, registers and files since the beginning of the early modern era. The City Archives have a complete series of minutes of the city council from 1538 onwards. city invoices from 1348 onwards provide an insight into the city's financial system, but also into the everyday life of its citizens. Files shed light on the political and social situation in the city of Duisburg from the perspective of municipal administrative offices, especially in the period from the 18th to the 21st century.
  • Documents, registers and files from the formerly independent, later incorporated cities such as Ruhrort, Meiderich, Hamborn and Rheinhausen.
  • About 4,000 registers of civil status, which are a central source for Duisburg family research; about two thirds of the registers are already available in digitalized form. For the older period since the 17th century, the City Archive preserves family history sources, including copies of all Duisburg church records (17th century to 1874) and all address books published in Duisburg from 1833 onwards.
  • Documents of non-urban origin, which provide insight into the urban world beyond the official perspective. These include in particular some 80 estates of important Duisburg personalities, the records of clubs and associations as well as 4,000 maps, 13,000 building plans and 4,000 posters.
  • about 50,000 photos on the history of the city of Duisburg in the 20th century. The photos are arranged according to topographical and thematic aspects and most of them can be viewed directly in the reading room.
  • a largely complete collection of Duisburg daily newspapers from the middle of the 19th century onwards; predecessors of today's daily newspaper from the 18th century are also kept in the archive. Since the 1960s, the newspapers have been evaluated in the archive on a daily basis and articles are recorded in a collection of newspaper clippings on individual topics and biographies.
  • an extensive reference library on the history of the city with about 50,000 volumes, which is accessible via a keyword catalog, among other things.

 

To the inventory of the municipal archives

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