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Originally appearing in Volume V22, Page 964 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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GERMANY.—Unfortunately lists of German State archives (Geheimes Archiv) are not published. Repositories are very numerous: for their localities, see the Hand- and Addressbuch der deutschen Archive of C. A. H. Burkhardt (2nd ed., 1887). In 'Prussia, besides the central repository at Berlin, there are sixteen provincial ones of importance. The other kingdoms and states forming part of the German empire have each their repository, not always at the capital. Some account of their contents will be found in Langlois and Stein (op. cit.) and in Fr. von Loher's Archivlehre. Grundziige der Geschichte, Aufgaben and Einrichtung unserer Archive : for the publication of State Records see Dahlmann-Waltz, Quellenkunde zur deutschen Geschichte; and for Prussian archives in particular R. Koser's Uber den gegenwartigen Stand der archivalischen Forschung 'in Preussen (1900). For the numerous and valuable records of German towns reference may be made to the works already mentioned. Many of the towns, e.g. Cologne, publish volumes drawn from their archives, and even include in them documents from other sources. Of special interest to English students is Konstantin Hohlbaum's work upon the Hanse towns. The Record Office has a volume of transcripts from German archives.
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