Municipal Collections: Council Collection – Council Archive (OV1QR2)
Municipal Collections: Council Collection – Council Archive
The Council Archive contains all sorts of documents pertaining almost exclusively to matters concerning the administration of Wittenberg, including the villages under its jurisdiction and its other possessions. Whereas the oldest documents date back over 700 years, the youngest are only a few months old. Its stocks currently fill shelves with a total length of 4½ kilometres or 2.8 miles. The archive’s resources are used by local historians and researchers from across the world closely assisted by the staff of the Municipal Collections.
Historical documents in the archive
The Council Archive contains very old documents dating back as far as 1293 recording events and legal circumstances unknown to most people today. One document issued in 1358 by Duke Rudolf II of Saxe-Wittenberg (who reigned from 1356 to 1370) granted permission to the towns of Wittenberg, Herzberg, Aken, Prettin and Kemberg to jointly fight bands of robbers.