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Information on Access and Use

Re­quests for in­form­a­tion

To re­quest in­form­a­tion on any of the archived ma­ter­i­als spe­cified on our col­lec­tion page, please con­tact the WU Uni­versity Archives either by phone or in writ­ing, in­dic­at­ing your name, your ad­dress, and the ex­act nature of your re­quest. The more pre­cisely you describe what it is you’re look­ing for, the bet­ter we’ll be able to help you by provid­ing in­form­a­tion that is as spe­cific as possible. If you have a re­quest re­lated to aca­demic re­search, please make sure to fa­mil­i­ar­ize your­self with the avail­able lit­er­at­ure on WU’s his­tory be­fore con­tact­ing the WU Uni­versity Archives.

Con­fid­en­ti­al­ity peri­ods

Pur­su­ant to the ap­plic­able legal pro­vi­sions (§ 8 [1] of the Fed­eral Archives Act, Bundesarchivge­setz), archived ma­ter­i­als are sub­ject to a 30-year con­fid­en­ti­al­ity period. As a rule, archived ma­ter­i­als are only made pub­licly avail­able after the end of this 30-year period, sub­ject to ap­plic­able pri­vacy reg­u­la­tions.

Open­ing hours

The Uni­versity Archive is ac­ces­ible by ar­range­ment.


To ac­cess the WU Uni­versity Archives, you have to make a prior ap­point­ment by phone or in writ­ing. Be­fore start­ing your work in the read­ing room, you’ll have to com­plete a user form, and you’ll also have to present an of­fi­cial photo ID at your first visit.

Cop­ies and re­pro­duc­tions

Upon re­quest and upon prior ap­proval by WU Uni­versity Archives staff, you can use your own cam­era to take pho­to­graphs of doc­u­ments. If the pre­ser­va­tion status of the re­quired doc­u­ment per­mits and if no copy­right or pri­vacy reg­u­la­tions im­pede it, the WU Uni­versity Archives can also provide you with re­pro­duc­tions of doc­u­ments upon re­quest, sub­ject to staff avail­ab­il­ity. We will soon post a table of the ap­plic­able fees for re­pro­duc­tions and for re­print­ing doc­u­ments from the WU Uni­versity Archives in pub­lic­a­tions.

Pub­lic­a­tions based on ma­ter­i­als from the WU Uni­versity Archives

If you refer to re­cords from the col­lec­tion of the WU Uni­versity Archives to a sig­ni­fic­ant de­gree in a pub­lic­a­tion, you are ob­lig­ated to ad­equately in­dic­ate the ori­gin of the doc­u­ments.
In­spec­tion cop­ies of any pub­lic­a­tion which uses re­cords from the WU Uni­versity Archives must be provided un­promp­ted and free of charge. In the case of texts or ser­ies of texts pub­lished in di­gital format only, cop­ies of the files or web links must be provided to the WU Uni­versity Archives.

Terms and Con­di­tions

We are cur­rently pre­par­ing terms and con­di­tions for the use of the WU Uni­versity Archives.