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Accessing and using material

One purpose of the State Archives is to help you find what you’re looking for as quickly as possible. On the following pages you will find information on the use of the Archives and helpful tips for your research. If you’d like to visit our Reading Rooms, this section will also tell you how you might prepare and how to can plan your visit in practical terms.

Your visit


Generally speaking, the North Rhine-Westphalian Archive Act specifies that anyone may use material from the State Archives of North Rhine-West

Lesesaal mit mehreren Tischreihen. An jedem Arbeitsplatz befinden sich ein PC, eine Mehrfachsteckdose und ein Barcode-Scanner.

What is an archive collection?


A collection refers to a group of documents which, according to logically comprehensible criteria such as their origin, their context of origin (provenance principle)