Archives introduce themselves - The Stormarn District Archive

By Bettina Albrod

The Stormarn district archive in Bad Oldesloe is the central memory of the district and at the same time a research centre for the history of Stormarn. Its main tasks are the preservation of administrative documents and the provision of sources for research and local politics. To this end, all documents are continuously made digitally accessible. 

Building of the Stormarn District Archive
Building of the Stormarn District Archive / Photo: Stormarn District Archive |

Dhe beginnings of the Stormarner archive system date back to 1924. Initially, local historians looked after the archives; in 1981, a regulated storage of administrative documents began. Since 2002, the archive has been managed by specialised archivists. Around one thousand linear metres of documents are stored here, of which a good 86 percent are from the district administration, mainly from the period from 1950 onwards due to war losses.

The archive material is supplemented by documents from companies that the district helped to found, documents from associations, clubs, foundations, political parties, trade unions and commercial enterprises as well as the estates of people from the worlds of politics and art.

There is also a reference library, which is a member of the Joint Library Network and provides the largest specialised collection of literature from and about Stormarn for research purposes. As a district between the Hanseatic cities of Hamburg and Lübeck, there is a broad-based press landscape. The issues of several daily newspapers are collected in the archive and are mostly available digitally.

A special feature of the Stormarn district archive is the photographic legacy of several journalists, which means that around 400,000 photographs are available as visual contemporary documents, as well as 20,000 slides, more than 5,000 posters, several thousand maps and plans, audio and film material and around 200 interviews with contemporary witnesses. More and more Stormarner archive material can also be found on the Archive Portal-D and in the German Digital Library. Since 2019, the online project "Sharing knowledge" has given interested parties the opportunity to contribute information on previously unknown places and people in photos.

Satirical poster Franz Josef Strauß
Satirical poster Franz Josef Strauß / Photo: Stormarn District Archive |

Where can you find pictures with Franz Josef Strauß? In Schleswig-Holstein, of course!

The Gemeinsame Normdatei (GND) can also be used to find sources about the Bavarian Minister President Franz-Josef Strauß in the Stormarner Archiv, for whom one would probably rather search in archives in southern Germany.The standardised data of the German National Library connects the content of the providing institutions in the German Digital Library. This creates a cross-organisational data network that shows a visit by the prominent politician to Bad Oldesloe as well as a biting satirical poster. 

The Stormarn Lexicon is based at the district archive, which presents interesting facts about the region in a scientifically sound manner and is constantly updated. A pool of authors contributes to the constant expansion of the encyclopaedia. 

Click here to access the holdings of the Stormarn District Archive at Archivportal-D.


Kreisarchiv Stormarn
Mommsenstraße 14
23843 Bad Oldesloe
E-Mail: kreisarchiv [at] (kreisarchiv[at]kreis-stormarn[dot]de)