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Bayerisches Hauptstaatsarchiv, Abteilung IV, Kriegsarchiv

Page history last edited by Paul Keenan 10 years, 6 months ago

Date of tip: 21 August 2007

Source: Brian K. Feltman, Feltman.4@osu.edu 


Location: Leonrodstraße 57, 80636 München. 


Contact Details: Telephone: (089) 1 89 51-68-0, poststelle@bayhsta.bayern.de


How to get there: From the main train station, take the U1 to Rotkreuzplatz.  From there, you can take Bus # 53 or Strassenbahn # 12 to the archive or just walk 15 minutes.


Language: German 


Getting started: Guests of the archive are asked to register prior to their arrival (via email or telephone) but will not be turned away if they fail to do so.  If you are a graduate student, a letter from an advisor is helpful, as is a card with your name and university info.  When you arrive you will be required to speak to one of the archivists about your project.


Opening Hours: M-R: 8.30-4.00, F: 8.30-1.30 (closed on all Catholic holidays as well)


General working conditions: The Kriegsarchiv has a small reading room with places for about sixteen researchers.  There is no Internet access and no microfilm reader.  There is a small library on site and most of the finding aids are not digitized or searchable.  

The Kriegsarchiv is the source for all things military in Bavaria, including the files of the Bavarian War Ministry and the 6th Army.  Numerous diaries and war letters complement an already impressive collection of files that are often overlooked by researchers


Consultation: As far as I know, there is no limit to the number of files that can be ordered in a day.  Documents may be ordered anytime throughout the day, with the exception of 11.30-1.00 and after 3.00.  All orders are placed on slips that are filled out and dropped in a box labelled “Bestellungen.”  In other words, there is no way to order documents electronically.  


Policy on technology: Laptops are allowed, but cameras and scanners are strictly forbidden.


Photocopy policy: There is noi limit on the number of copies you may order.  However, copies are rather expensive at .60 E per page.  Copies are handled by the archive staff and you must pay with cash or bank transfer.  The archive will attempt to send you a bill for the copies and then ship you the copies when payment has been received.  For researchers without a German bank account, the archive is willing to accept payment in cash before departure.  You still will not get your copies before you leave unless you have ordered very few. 


Forms: Researchers will be asked to fill out a registration form upon arrival and a form is also required for requesting copies.


Particularities: The staff of the Kriegsarchiv is very helpful and courteous, but nothing gets done in a hurry here.  This is not an archive where a lot may be accomplished in a few days, so plan accordingly.  Restricted hours of operation and infrequent checks of pending orders lead to a significant amount of down time.  I suggest that you order numerous files at one time so that you have enough material to get you through the gaps in document deliveries.  On one occasion, I ordered documents at 2.00 and did not receive them until 11.00 the next day, and only after asking why there was such a delay.  With that said, the archive staff is knowledgeable and more than willing to help with any problems you may have.

There is no cafeteria at the Kriegsarchiv but there are several bakeries in the area where you can get coffee, lunch, etc. for a reasonable price.     


Etc: The Kriegsarchiv is a hidden gem that is overlooked by many researchers who assume that the Bundesarchiv-Militärarchiv in Freiburg has all there is to offer.  Be sure to ask to look at the finding aids even if the archivists claim that they have no materials relevant to your project.  The files at the Kriegsarchiv are not well indexed and often times the archivists simply do not know exactly what the archive holds.


Places to Stay: For short stays, Hotel Jedermann is one of the best deals in Munich.  Jedermann is located at 95 Bayerstrasse less than one mile from the Hauptbahnhof.  A great breakfast is included and the hotel is centrally located.  It takes 30 minutes to reach the Kriegsarchiv, door to door. Contact info.: www.hotel-jedermann.de

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