Tasks and Organisation
The Austrian State Archives are among the most important archives worldwide.
They are a subordinate agency of the Federal Chancellery serving two purposes: On the one hand, they are central archives for the federal services of the Republic of Austria (supreme bodies and ministries), which have a legal responsibility to transfer their acts and documents to the State Archives. On the other hand, their historical departments are the keepers of the archival heritage of the Habsburg empire (1526–1918) and its central authorities, as well as of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation (until 1806). The oldest piece in the collection of acts and charters of the Babenbergs and Habsburgs dates back to 816.
In the Austrian State Archives 126 employees are in charge of records stored on about 177,700 linear metres of shelves.
A significant archives library comprising about 800,000 volumes is available to employees and users.
Due to the supra-regional nature of its holdings, the Austrian State Archives are a contact point for researchers from all over the world. Every year some 5,000 users come to the reading rooms of the State Archives.