Welcome to the Archives Portal Europe Foundation
Are you tired of visiting numerous websites when doing research on a certain topic? Do you sometimes feel that you may be missing important information? The Archives Portal Europe is the time-saver you have been waiting for and a true treasure chest. It's your online access to European archives!
The Archives Portal Europe is an online research tool providing free 24/7 access to high-quality information held in archival institutions throughout Europe. It allows you to easily browse from a single online access point, millions of archival documents stored in thousands of archival institutions all over the continent. You might even stumble upon documents you might never have otherwise found.
The Archives Portal Europe will be your favourite online research tool in no time. You can conduct your research more efficiently and use the search results effectively because they are presented in their original, archival and historical European context.
Behind the scenes
Funded by the European Commission between 2009 and 2015, the European archives community has realised a tremendous achievement: the creation of the Archives Portal Europe. To guarantee the sustainability of this unique aggregation and publication platform and to ensure that contributing content to the Archives Portal Europe will always be free of charge, the national archives of the participating countries – the driving forces behind the former projects – have established the Archives Portal Europe Foundation. The Foundation is a legal entity under Dutch law and has been allocated a budget and responsibilities to further develop the portal from 1 October 2015 onwards.
In addition, the portal acts as a data aggregator for Europeana which displays digital heritage objects held in a wide range of cultural and scientific institutions around Europe, thereby helping to preserve knowledge about European cultural heritage for future generations.