With the founding of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site in 1965, an archive and a library were also opened. The majority of the written documents are copies, while most of the photos are reproductions. All documents are preserved under optimal climatic conditions. The archive is located in the administrative section of the Memorial Site.
The archive collects material related to the Dachau concentration camp and its subcamps. It also includes the antecedent and, above all, the post history of the concentration camp as well as the history of the Memorial Site. The archive also provides information on persons who were imprisoned in the Dachau concentration camp or served in the SS area; information relevant to objects and thematic issues is also provided. The search request forms are to be found under “Person and Thematic Search”.
A large part of the written material and the photo holdings have been digitalized. The documents may be researched on an archive databank in the reading room. An overview of how the holdings are arranged and managed is given in the inventory.
The archive is comprised of the following sections:
- Written documents (estates, memoirs, reports, biographies, trial documents)
- Maps and plans
- Newspaper clippings
The archive is open to anyone interested. Research inquires on specific persons are not restricted to relatives. The protection regulations of the Bavarian Archive Law and the Memorial Site’s user regulations apply.
All documents permitted to be used are presented in the reading room. Ten workplaces are available there. Two accesses to the databank are also available for use and here visitors may make their own search inquiries. If disclosure and circulation of the documents are permitted, then archive staff can provided a digital or paper copy. The particulars are subject to the Memorial Site’s fee regulations.
Archive opening hours
Following prior registration, the archive of the Dachau Memorial Site is open for the public from Tuesday to Friday between 9 am and 5 pm.
Registration for visiting the archive
Registration in good time (i.e. four working days before the appointed date, by telephone, in writing or per e-mail) is obligatory.
Person and Thematic Search
The names and imprisonment details of prisoners in the Dachau concentration camp were registered in various documents and have in part survived. A digital prisoner register contains the imprisonment details of over 90 percent of the more than 200,000 prisoners. However, the SS destroyed the prisoner files kept in the protective custody camp shortly before liberation. The photos of the police records department have also not survived. We also offer search inquiries for the Soviet prisoners of war murdered at the Hebertshausen shooting range.
The archive’s staff will answer your inquiries concerning all the thematic areas related to the Dachau concentration camp and Memorial Site. Inquiries with respect to other themes may also be submitted, for example the camp SS, the Dachau internment camp (1945-1948), and the Dachau East refugee camp (1948-1965).
Please send your inquiries to the archive directly:
The following request form may be used by both relatives and researchers to help identify suitable search options:
Please note that due to the high number of enquiries we receive, it could take several weeks until our team can respond to your request.