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Business Archives Portal

Business archives portal WAP online

The new Business Archives Portal WAP is an online directory of the business archives in the German-speaking countries. The online directory can be consulted at and The WAP is a mutual project of the Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte e.V., the Vereinigung deutscher Wirtschaftsarchivare e.V. and the Institut für bankhistorische Forschung e.V.

Which benefit brings the portal? WAP is the the up-to-date directory of the business archives in the German-speaking countries. It offers business archives – and especially archives of small-scale and mid tier enterprises – a attractive and free possibility to present their own historic inventory on the internet.

Users, on the other hand, gain access to an easy and quick overview of important information (e.g. opening hours, conditions of use and contact persons). The search function allows a smooth research for books and the adresses for consulting the respective archives.

Altogether, the WAP is supposed to convey the impression of the manifold forms and not least the professionality of business archives in the German-speaking area. Moreover, it is aimed to encourage research concerning the history of economy and at the same time to emphasize the cultural importance of these institutions to the general public.

These goals can only be achieved if the portal is participated by as much business archives as possible. Please take time to Diese Ziele werden wir aber nur dann erreichen, wenn möglichst viele Wirtschaftsarchive das Portal gemeinschaftlich mit Leben füllen. Bitte nehmen Sie sich etwas Zeit für die notwendige Ersterfassung. The editors of the WAP will ask the participating archives to update the databases once a year. For further questions please contact :