Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt
Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte


The Archives of the State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology

Since the merging of the former State Offices for the Conservation of Historic Monuments and for Archaeology in 01.01.2004, the new, joint State Office has held archives relating both to the conservation of historic buildings (the Altaktenarchiv or 'Old Archive') and to archaeology (the Fundstellenarchiv or archive of find sites, the Bildarchiv or picture archive, and the Hausarchiv or internal archive).

The archival holdings of the State Office are among the oldest of their kind in Germany and for the most part they relate to the geographical area for which the State Office and its institutional predecessors have been responsible - the Federal State of Saxony-Anhalt and the neighbouring regions.

The Historic Buildings archive goes back to the district registers (Kreisverzeichnisse) of historic buildings, collected by the architect J. C. Costenoble from 1840 onwards, for the local government regions of Erfurt, Merseburg and Magdeburg. The basic element of the archive is formed by the inventory lists of the volumes Beschreibende Darstellung der älteren Bau- und Kunstdenkmäler der Provinz Sachsen und angrenzender Gebiete ('Description of the older historic buildings and artworks of the Province of Saxony and neighbouring areas'), published by the 'Historical Commission of the Province of Saxony' that was established in 1876.

The Archaeology archive was created in 1882 when the State Office's predecessor institution, the Provincial Museum of the Prussian Province of Saxony, was founded and took over the holdings of the Thüringisch-Sächsischer Verein für Erforschung des vaterländischen Alterthums und Erhaltung seiner Denkmale' (Thuringian-Saxon Club for Research into the Fatherland's Ancient History and the Preservation of its Monuments), founded in 1819. The collection of the Historical Commission' was added later.

Contact person for all the archives: Dr. Michael Stock
Telephone: (0345) 5247 - 350
Telefax: (0345) 5247 - 351
e-post: mstock(at)

'Old Archive'

Ground-plan of the Church of St Cyriakus in Gernrode
Ground-plan of the Church of St Cyriakus in Gernrode

The Altaktenarchiv or 'Old Archive' of the conservation department for Historic Buildings manages around 2,500 files of written documents, 7,400 sets of documentation of building work, 16,000 plans, 350,000 photographs, 134,100 negatives and 30,000 slides. The files of written documents include correspondence between administrative institutions, owners of monuments, restorers and construction firms from 1880 to 1991. The sets of documentation include, for example, surveys of buildings carried out for restoration purposes, statements of conservation goals, preliminary investigations prior to modernisations, documentation of the existing substance and demolition of historic buildings, drawn up since 1970. Plans of buildings and gardens have been collected since the 19th century. The negatives and photographs, produced since the start of the last century, and also slides from 1930 onwards, record buildings and interiors, urban spaces, movable artworks, park and garden architecture, reproductions of original plans and drawings, as well as excavations of earlier church buildings and archaeological finds of architectural importance in houses and castles.

Archive of find sites

Townland of Burg and environs
Townland of Burg and environs

The Fundstellenarchiv, or archive of find sites, preserves around 3,500 folders of files (sets of documentation) and 30,000 maps. These include written records relating to collections and archaeological activities and finds from the 18th century to the present day (e.g. reports of finds or excavations, drawings, or plans), working notes, catalogues, lists and registers, sets of correspondence and records of material gathered in the 19th and 20th centuries, single-sheet maps and larger map collections from four centuries (historic maps, property maps, administrative maps, geological maps, Messtischblatt and Urmesstischblatt surveys, town plans, hiking guides, thematic and topographical maps), bound sets of statewide lists of abandoned settlements and field plots, and a card-index of finds made in the State (Landesfundkartei) with around 90,000 index cards and 11,000 sheets of notes on the holdings of the museums in Saxony-Anhalt.

Picture Archive

Slide archive
Slide archive

The Bildarchiv, or archaeological picture archive, has around 50,000 negatives (including valuable holdings of glass negatives), 14,550 films and 200,000 slides on archaeological finds, find-contexts and find-spots in Saxony-Anhalt, which have been documented since 1912. The images also illustrate materials relevant to the natural sciences (for example, geology, archaeozoology, or archaeobotany), and experiments carried out in experimental archaeology, reconstructions in schools' outreach activities, and reproductions of plans, drawings and illustrations.

Internal Archive

A view into the 'Hausarchiv'
A view into the 'Hausarchiv'

In the Hausarchiv, the State Office's internal archive, around 1,200 archival boxes hold the papers of the Thüringisch-Sächsischer Verein für Erforschung des vaterländischen Alterthums und Erhaltung seiner Denkmale' (Thuringian-Saxon Club for Research into the Fatherland's Ancient History and the Preservation of its Monuments), and the 'Historical Commission of the Province of Saxony', materials from conferences, collaborative work with clubs and associations, supervision of voluntary staff, publicity activities and publications, papers relating to research projects, on the conservation of archaeological monuments, on exhibitions and building activities. There are also minutes and speeches from debates in the Provincial Parliament prior to the First World War, personnel and administrative files from the foundation of the 'Provincial Museum of the Prussian Province of Saxony' to the end of the GDR, correspondence, newspaper articles, reports, memoranda, card-indexes and registers, records of material, drafts of laws, scholars' nachlasses, materials from which publications were printed and materials (photographs, films, recordings) documenting events and the architectural phases of the buildings in which the LDA has its seat.




Visitor's Entrance:
Große Märkerstraße 21/22
06108 Halle (Saale)

Opening Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday   11 a.m. -  4 p.m.

Telephone: (0345) 2939 - 741
Köhler, Christine



Visitor's Entrance: Kleine Steinstraße 7, 06108 Halle (Saale)
Please contact the person in charge before visiting (see left)


Opening Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Telephone: (0345) 5247 - 322
Schmidt, Heike; Junski, Verena



Visitor's Entrance: Kleine Steinstraße 7, 06108 Halle (Saale)


Opening Hours:
Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Telephone: (0345) 5247 - 323
Stuhl, Kerstin



Visitor's Entrance: Kleine Steinstraße 7, 06108 Halle (Saale)


Opening Hours: By appointment

Telephone: (0345) 5247 - 521
Dr. Binding, Ulrike