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Atlas Obscura Austrian State Archives

From a 9th century charter belonging to a collection of deeds from the Houses of Babenberg and Habsburg, to records of Austria’s annexation and subsequent incorporation into the Third Reich in 1938, the Austrian State Archives (Österreichisches Staatsarchiv) maps over 1,000 years of Austrian history in political documents. 

This remarkable repository aims to conserve the nation’s heritage through the lens of its diplomatic relations, watershed political events, war reports, and more. Completed in 1986, the archive building in Vienna was includes a conservation workshop and a library containing some 800,000 books relating to the Habsburg Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, the German Nation, Austrian foreign policy, military history and technology, geography, genealogy, and the history of Austria’s political parties, all organized chronologically.

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