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Bergbau-Archiv Bochum Wirtschaftsarchive Bochum
Bischöfl. Diözesanarchiv Aachen Kirchenarchive Aachen
Bistumsarchiv Essen Kirchenarchive Essen
Bistumsarchiv Münster Kirchenarchive Münster
Bochumer Zentrum für Stadtgeschichte Kommunalarchive Bochum
Carl und Liselott Diem-Archiv Sonstige Archive Köln
Centrum Schwule Geschichte e.V. 1985 Sonstige Archive Köln
City Archive of Duisburg Kommunalarchive Duisburg
City archives of Xanten Kommunalarchive Xanten
Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln Sonstige Archive Köln

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“Archives in North Rhine Westphalia” is a portal that provides access to the vast archive landscape in this federal state, covering all archive areas and institutions:

  • Over 475 facilities
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  • Over 200.000 digital copies of archived material

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  • Fast access to archives via a map, covering all areas, and also to information via functions and material available on the portal.
  • Detailed information from a large number of archives on their material:
    • Reference catalogues: information on archived material
    •  A small part of the material is available in digital form.
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