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The Austrian Volkshochschularchiv (ÖVA) is the only institution in Austria that systematically collects documents and materials on the history of adult education.
The ÖVA's activities are aimed at the creation of collections. The holdings are recorded electronically in the form of an archival finding aid. The archive information system THESEUS offers an overview of the holdings and collections stored in the ÖVA with the "Archivplan", which is also available on the web portal.
The archive and library holdings are continuously evaluated electronically in the THESEUS archive information system and, in addition to the entire library holdings, include the archive holdings and the electronically recorded programme archive.
The archive and library holdings are continuously evaluated electronically in the internal archive information system and, in addition to the entire library holdings, include the archive holdings and the electronically recorded programme archive.
Mag. Daniela Savel
The Austrian Archives for Adult Education take over research requests for researchers who are not able to come in person to the Archives to do their research there. The researcher must compensate the Archives monetarily for the time its research archivists spend carrying out the request.
The results of the research will be sent along with an invoice by mail or e-mail by the individual deadline set in each case according to the scope of the research. Any additional shipping fees must be paid by the recipient.
Methods & Expertise for Research Infrastructure
The archive preserves the historically preserved materials, documents and registries of the Austrian adult education centres, their predecessor institutions and their umbrella organisations.
We make the archive material accessible in a professional and professional manner using the latest technology and thus secure it permanently for the future.
We guarantee access to the archival material entrusted to us, weighing information interests against data protection and conservation requirements in a responsible manner.
We offer our users service-oriented and comprehensive support for their research and research projects.
Through subject-specific publications, we contribute to research into the history of adult education centres and the development of modern adult education as well as to the popularisation of science.
We conduct scientific research and prepare documentation and expert reports for external and internal clients.
Restrictions of the free accessibility result from:
(a) data protection law and
(b) for reasons of conservation and shall apply
(c) in cases involving business secrets.
The user is obliged to submit a specimen copy of all publications, diploma theses, dissertations and habilitations to the Austrian Adult Education Archive (in accordance with the provisions of § 11 Para. 3 of the Federal Archives Act) immediately after publication, without being requested to do so and free of charge.
In the case of publications, copyrights and personal rights as well as other interests of third parties worthy of protection, in particular data protection issues in accordance with § 11 paras. 1 and 2 Federal Archives Act, must be observed.
Dr. Robert Streibel / Dr. Christian H. Stifter
Project partner: Documentation Archive of the Austrian Resistance (DÖW)
Financed by: Wiener VHS GmbH, Science Department of the City of Vienna (MA7)