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Bank Austria Historical Archive

A look back at the history of Bank Austria

This international-calibre central archive provides all interested visitors a look at Bank Austria’s 153-year history and is responsible for managing all historically relevant documents of the bank and its predecessor institutions – Länderbank, Zentralsparkasse und Kommerzialbank Wien (Z) and Creditanstalt-Bankverein (CA).

By setting up this collection, Bank Austria is not only increasing the information available to its own internal staff, but is also setting up a service point for interested external persons such as scientists, historical researchers, students and the media.

Three thousand metres of Austrian banking history from 1855 to 1970

At a length of 3,000 metres, or the equivalent of roughly 30,000 archive boxes with written documents, photos, signs and audiovisual materials such as slides, films and tapes, the newly established bank archive contains countless historical documents on the history and activities of Bank Austria and its predecessor institutions from the founding of CA in 1855 through to 1970.

By establishing a central archive, Bank Austria is also displaying a high degree of transparency in implementing two legal requirements. One is the complete disclosure of the bank’s activities during the time of the National Socialist regime as required under a settlement reached with Austrian Holocaust victims, which has already been in fulfilment since November 2006 with the publication of the final reports of the independent Bank Austria historian’s commission and access to the research documents.

The other is a preservation order issued by the Austrian State Archive in 2001 which placed records from 74 banks and companies from the period between 1933 and 1967 under protection in the public interest. The organisations named in this order include Bank Austria’s predecessor institutions.

Long-term dissemination of knowledge and preservation of history

The establishment of the historical archive is also tied closely to Bank Austria’s numerous sustainability activities. In times of rapid and fundamental change, the historical experiences of a company, its knowledge of its common values and the actions that it takes to preserve its own identity are of essential importance and are a key basis for enabling the bank to master future challenges.

The materials contained in the Bank Austria Historical Archive are undergoing constant physical organisation and are also being recorded digitally. All interested persons can view the records up to 1945 in accordance with the applicable conditions. Persons wishing to view materials in the archive must arrange an appointment in advance by telephone, e-mail or fax and must provide valid official photo identification before accessing the archive.

As many historical documents contain information that is protected by the Data Protection Act and the Austrian banking secrecy laws, every visitor must sign a written non-disclosure agreement before being allowed to view any materials. 

Contact and opening hours
Bank Austria Historical Archive
Lassallestraße 1
A-1020 Vienna
Tel.: +43 (0) 50505 - 41053
Fax.: +43 (0) 50505 - 41328
Contact: Ulrike Zimmerl
E-mail: Ulrike.Zimmerl@unicreditgroup.at
Opening hours: by appointment