Opening hours of the Danish National Archive

Reading Room

Tuesday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Saturday closed 1 April to 30 September)

Please note that it is not possible to order documents on Saturdays.

Assistance

Tuesday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Document ordering

Tuesday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Remote storage: Ordering may take 2-3 days.

Telephone hours

Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Address

Rigsarkivet
(The Danish National Archives)
Rigsdagsgaarden 9
DK-1218 Copenhagen K.

Telephone: +45 33 92 33 10
Fax: +45 33 15 32 39
E-mail: mailbox@ra.sa.dk

Closure days

Closed on Sundays and normal Danish holidays, the Saturday before Easter, the fourth Friday after Easter and the following Saturday, Friday after Ascension, 1 May, 5 June (Danish Constitution Day), 23 December-2 January (inclusive). If 22 December or 3 January is a Saturday, these will also be closure days.

Danish National Archives

The Danish National Archives collect and store archival records from the Danish Royal House, central state authorities, military forces and from private organisations and individuals.

Furthermore you can find records from local and regional authorities and institutions in Sealand, Lolland-Falster, Moen and Bornholm. 

The collections date back to the 12th century, and today there are more than 140 kilometres of shelving.

Professional historians as well as amateur researchers visit the National Archives. Their objectives and interests differ widely; from genealogy and local history to more specific topics such as falconry during absolutism.

Working with the records of the National Archives is not as simple as going to a library to find a book. The records are not classified by subject, but are arranged in the original order in which they were accumulated.

If you want to find information about a specific subject you should start by finding out which authority was in charge of that particular area ­ - then you can begin to search amongst the records of that authority.

Finding aids

In order to make it easier to search in the collections, the National Archives have developed a number of guides, inventories and leaflets that introduce and describe the records of the various authorities, institutions and private individuals. The main part of this material is in Danish but some material is available in English - mainly in the areas of foreign policy and genealogy. The search aids are extremely useful for people using the archives and who are trying to understand the systems used by most authorities to classify their records.

The collections

The majority of the National Archives' collections consist of text, usually on paper. This applies to census lists and draft lists, among other things, which are of special interest to genealogists.

The National Archives furthermore have a vast collection of medieval documents written on parchment. In addition to the written records there is a large collection of maps and drawings, and a special collection contains the many seals that were once used to authenticate important documents.

Copies from other archives

The National Archives primarily house records that have been accumulated by Danish public authorities and private individuals. There are certain matters regarding Denmark and Danish citizens that may only be clarified by searching through archives and collections in other countries. The National Archives have copies of such records in the form of film, in the Danica collection.

Assistance

Visitors to the Reading Room may request assistance from the professional archival staff, many of whom will have specialised areas of expertise.