The Leopoldina has one of the oldest academy archives in the world, storing documents dating back over 360 years. Placed side by side, they would extend over 1,700 metres.
Ever since the Academy was founded, new members have been obliged to submit a curriculum vitae and a list of their publications to the President. The Leopoldina archive contains enrolment books, as well as numerous original curricula vitae of physicians and natural scientists of the past more than 360 years and beyond. Portraits of members have been collected since the middle of the 19th century.
These materials form the basic resource of the archive and provide information on many biographical issues as source material on the history of natural sciences and medicine.