All records that are no longer needed for official duties are reviewed by the City Archives for their permanent value. Documents worthy of archiving are taken over permanently and made accessible for use. In addition, the city archive also collects documents from companies, parties, associations and private individuals on the development of the city of Schramberg.
In cooperation with the Schramberg City Museum and the Schramberg Museum and History Society, the city archive promotes knowledge of local history through exhibitions, guided tours, lectures and publications, thereby strengthening the citizens' identification with their hometown.
The Municipal Archives is the oldest cultural institution of the Municipality.
The oldest holdings of the city archive date back to the time of the Schramberg dominion before 1806. However, most of the documents from this period are kept in the Hauptstaatsarchiv Stuttgart and in the family archive of the Counts of Bissingen and Nippenburg, but can be viewed as photocopies or on microfilm in the city archive.
The records of the municipal and town administration since 1806 and of the districts of Sulgen, Tennenbronn and Waldmössingen, which today belong to the town of Schramberg, form the largest part of the holdings.
In addition, there are documents from notary's offices and district offices, documentation created by the city archives, company archives (clock factory Gebrüder Junghans), archives of political parties and associations, school archives, newspaper collections, photo, film and sound archives (more than 100,000 photos), deposits and estates of private individuals (including the estate of the family researcher Alfons Haigis with data on more than 250,000 people from Schramberg and the surrounding area), microfilms and repoductions from other archives.
In 2022, the indexing of the holdings will begin with the archive software AUGIAS, which will then gradually be searchable online via the homepage www.findbuch.net.
Anyone who can credibly demonstrate a legitimate interest may inspect the archive records, provided that there are no protection or retention periods for official documents or special agreements for documents deposited by third parties.
The legal bases are the state archive law and the archive regulations of the city of Schramberg. The city archive answers inquiries and presents the archive material for inspection in the user room. A well-established specialized library is also available.
Many documents valuable to the history of the city are privately owned and come to light when people die or move house.These may be old records such as letters, chronicles or diaries, photographs, postcards, paintings and drawings, as well as books, brochures, pamphlets or newspapers that have been kept as a memento.
Unfortunately, such records are lost due to ignorance of their historical significance. The City Archives are fundamentally interested in these testimonies, as they contain a dimension of history that is often missing from official records.
You can hand over such documents to us at any time. The City Archives will be happy to advise you on the possibilities of a donation or loan in estate situations and household liquidations.
By handing over your documents to the City Archives, you are helping to pass on the historical and cultural heritage of the city of Schramberg!