The terrace of the Goethe- und Schiller-Archiv

The Archive

The Goethe- und Schiller-Archiv (GSA) is the oldest literary archive in Germany. It contains over 150 estates of writers, scholars, philosophers, composers and fine artists, 14 archives of publishing houses, associations and literary societies (e.g. the Goethe Society, the Insel Verlag Leipzig, the German Schiller Foundation and the General German Music Association), as well as an autograph collection with items by some 3,000 writers from the end of the 13th century to the present day. The enormous scope of these extensive collections with their focus on the 18th and 19th century make the Goethe- und Schiller-Archiv one of the world’s central archives of German-language literature, music, fine arts and science. In 2001 UNESCO added Goethe’s literary estate to its “Memory of the World” register.

„My manuscripts, my correspondence, my collections of every kind are worthy of the most meticulous care.“

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in a conversation with Chancellor Friedrich von Müller (1830)

View of the Archive’s facade from the west
View of the Archive’s facade from the west

Visiting adress

Goethe- und Schiller-Archiv
Jenaer Straße 1
99425 Weimar

mailing address

Goethe- und Schiler-Archiv
Postfach 2012
99401 Weimar


Projects of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Free State of Thuringia, represented by the State Chancellery of Thuringia, Department of Culture and the Arts.

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