The archive is the memory of the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen. The files tell the sto-ry of the institution and its collections from its creation in 1799 until today. They make trans-parent how the works of art came together and how the galleries were created and developed over the course of time. They report on rescue, loss and destruction during wartime and on reconstruction during peace-time and allow the museum’s everyday life during changing times to come alive before the reader’s eyes. They also tell the story of the people who were active here during the institution’s 200 years of existence.

Unlike in other Bavarian authorities, where written correspondence concerning completed operations is typically, at some point, compiled, partially sorted out, handed over and mostly forgotten about, surviving written documentation is part of the daily toolbox used by the art historian or conservator. The archival records – including official records, inventories and vis-ual documentation – are collection items for safekeeping and objects for research, just as the artworks themselves are.

Files that are over 30 years old may be accessed by appointment by members of the public with a specialized interest in the field who are able to demonstrate legitimate interest (, as long as the files are not subject to a blocking period, are not re-stricted due to reasons of conservation or a disproportionately high amount of effort would not be required to retrieve and present them.

Currently, no user fees are charged. Copies cannot be provided. The number of working places in the library is limited.