Basic information ...

Notice of closure of research rooms and reading rooms of the National Archives

We notify researchers that in the period from 1 to 26 August 2016, the research rooms and library reading rooms of the National Archives in Prague-Chodovec and in Milady Horákové Street will be closed.

Thank you for your understanding.

Prague, 26 April 2016 PhDr. Eva Drašarová, CSc.
Director of the National Archives

Operation of the Library

The service hours of the detached workplace of the Library of the National Archives – Library B, housed in the building in the M. Horákové Street 133, Praha 6, tel.: +420 974 847 832:

Monday: 9:00 to 11:30, 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 9:00 to 11:30, 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: closed
Friday: closed

Notice to Researchers

Digitalization of the Registers of Jewish Religion Communities
With the financial support of JewishGen were in the year 2013 at the National Archives digitized 190 volumes of the archival file “Knihy židovských familiantů” (Books of Jewish Families, Jüdische Familiantenbücher), whose records often date back to the mid-18th century, and 4 volumes coming from Moravian Jewish communities (Hranice, Kostelec and Kyjov) and stored in the archival file „Rada židovských náboženských obcí v krajích českých“ (The council of the Jewish communities in the Czech Lands).

The digitized archival collection was accompanied in agreement with the management of the Archive of the Jewish Museum in Prague, the Moravian Regional Archives in Brno and the Regional Archives in Opava by books of Jewish Families that were found in the writings of the patrimonial administration (ZA Opava, MZA Brno) and the Jewish communities (AŽMP ), a total of 24 volumes.

Those interested in the history of the Jews in the Czech lands , and Jewish genealogy can now study the Books of Jewish Families on- line:  here

Digitalization of the Registers of Jewish Religion Communities

Digitalization of the Registers of Jewish Religion Communities In 2011, all volumes of the Registers of Births, Marriages, and deaths of Jewish communities deposited in the National Archives were digitalized. In the course of this year they will be gradually made accessible on: First of all there will be volumes from the fond „ Matriky židovských náboženských obcí v českých zemích“ (HBMa)(Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths of Jewish Communities in the Czech Lands) for the publication of which the original inventory was used after some improvements.

The registers, needing substantial preservation and restoration interference, were exempt from the process of digitalization and will be scanned later. Similarly, there will be published, with delay, those volumes of the registers where errors found during checking of snaps are then corrected.

In accordance with the Register of Births, Marriages, and Deaths Act (N.301/2000 Coll.) only entries older than 100 years from the last entry in the Births Registers and 75 years from the last entry in the Marriages and Deaths Registers will be made accessible in the individual volumes of the HBMa fond. The restriction does not apply to the Jewish control registers owing to the time range of entries.
 more »

Mgr. Pavel Baudisch and Okky Offerhaus in Kübu

Acquisition of significant images by photographer Okky Offerhaus on events of August 1968

On 8 November 2011, the National Archives enriched their collections and fonds with a major acquisition in the form of negatives depicting events taking place in August 1968, whose author is Mrs. Okky Offerhaus, a photographer living in Küb in Lower Austria, a picturesque location on the famous mountain Semmering railway. 

Author of photos below: Okky Offerhaus
 more »

National Archives (Czech republic)

Who we are, what we do

The National Archives is a state administration office as well as a central state archives directly controlled by the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic.    more »

National Archives (Czech republic)

Opening hours

Opening hours of the reading rooms of the National Archives more »

National Archives (Czech republic)

A guide for visitors

Everyone can make use of the records kept in the National Archives with respect to the valid legal norms. It is possible through the following ways...    more »

On-line records ...
National Archives (Czech republic)

Conscriptions ( 1850 – 1914 ) – Applications for Residence Permit of Prague Police Headquarters

Police registration forms (conscriptions) are deposited in the National Archives in the archival fond Police Headquarters Prague, forming part of paper documents of general registry of this office....    more »

National Archives (Czech republic)

The Inventories of the Jewish population in Bohemia 1723 - 1811

Project on processing and providing access to a database of census lists of Jews in Bohemia, from the years 1723/1724–1811 (with support of the Rothschild Foundation (HANADIV) Europe).    more »