The Municipal Archives in Rashi House are the memory of the city. Storing documents and images from the city’s history since 1074, the Archives make their stock both accessible and usable, help cover the needs of the administration and the citizens, support academic research and impart the city’s long and rich history to a broader public.
As in the years before, the Municipal Archives of Worms have drawn up an annual report outlining and documenting in detail the activities of the archive, its photo department, of the local branch of the State Office for the Preservation of Historical Monuments, and of the Jewish Museum in Rashi House.
For the archives as the ‘memory of the city’ and the Institute for City History, 2008 was marked by the takeover of numerous papers and documents, by major efforts to facilitate the exploitation of the Archives’ stock, and by intensification of public relations, including the publication of several new titles. The number of users is still on the increase, much as the number of visitors to the Jewish Museum.
Everybody who is interested in the Municipal Archive’s achievements and fields of attention will appreciate reading this annual report.
Click here to open the … annual report as a pdf (available in German only).
In autumn 2008, the Municipal Archives presented three new publications extending the knowledge about the city’s history in many different fields. The following titles are now availabe in bookstores:
… read more (German only)
The Municipal Archives have now filed the documents of the Neuhausen Hospital Foundation Stadtarchiv of Horchheim. On a bookshelf, these records comprise 65ft of invoices, files and documents from the early 18th century to today. With the help of a student apprentice, these documents were filed and made available for public use. Thanks to these efforts, a significant constituent of the ‘memory of the city’ is now accessible for the public.
… read more (German only)
Since when has my society been existing? Our association started compiling a chronicle but we have no pictures, no data, no material! We are not certain when our club was founded, and we have no documents to tell us …
In their stock, the Municipal Archives store a plenty of comprehensive information about the rich and many-sided life of the city’s societies, clubs and associations. Societies preparing a jubilee celebration, compiling a chronicle, or being interested in their history or former members are well-advised to contact the staff of the Municipal Archives and their well-stocked photo department.
As the ‘memory of the city’, the Archives store numbers of documents about new and re-foundations of societies after the second world war. It was in the very years from 1947 to 1950 that many clubs and societies were newly founded or re-founded in Worms, calling on the municipality and the French military authorities to obtain a permission. The Archives store many of these files that are particularly revealing to societies and organizations, and are pleased to make these invaluable sources accessible and usable for them. Newspaper articles, photographs (if extant), posters, data about persons involved, and information such as old chronicles, are also provided.
Just to name an example, the Kiefer-Koch Quartet of Neuhausen, re-founded in spring 1947, presented its statutes to the municipality’s department of culture (see illustration). In that same year, the tourist office’s foundation meeting was held, which is documented by a poster stored in the relevant collection in the Archives.
The Municipal Archives have recently taken over and filed many documents from societies and place them at interested persons’ disposal. Everybody is welcome.
For more updated information on dates and events, do visit the City News page (German only).
(No responsibility is taken for the correctness of this information, which may be subject to change or alteration.)