As one of the oldest academy archives in the world, the Leopoldina’s archive stores documents from more than 360 years worth of Academy history. It secures the heritage of the Leopoldina and documents its history and administrative activity. The core collection of the Leopoldina archive includes matriculation records and minute books, curricula vitae, publication lists and portraits of the members, as well as series of correspondence and comprehensive administrative records of the academy.
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.
In addition, the archive stores some 70 bequests from important scientists, more than 10,000 photographs featuring the history of the academy and science, and various works of art, such as paintings, drawings and medals. With its collection on the history of the Leopoldina and its biographical materials, the archive offers science historians excellent research opportunities.