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Business Archives Portal

Business archives portal WAP online

The new Business Archives Portal (WAP), is an online directory of business archives in 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.

How can one benefit from the portal? The WAP is the the up-to-date directory oof business archives in German-speaking countries. It offers business archives – and especially archives of small-scale and mid-tier enterprises – an 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 professionality of business archives in German-speaking countries. 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 expanded by as many participating business archives as possible. Editors of the WAP will ask the participating archives to update the databases once a year. Please take some time for the necessary initial registration. For further questions please contact :