Archive / Documentation

schwarz-weiß-Foto vom Unterricht am Mozarteum, jemand sitzt am Klavier | © Universität Mozarteum

As a publicly accessible art ARCHIVE space, the University Archive documents current and historical activities of the Mozarteum University and proactively supports teaching, access to the arts, and research.

+43 676 88122 370

Paris-Lodron-Straße 9
5020 Salzburg

Opening hours
Mon-Fri from 9.00-11.00 a.m


The collection focus of the Kunst-ARCHIV-Raum is on the events of the Mozarteum University. In this context, event programs, photos, press reports, posters, folders and other documents on events are primarily collected. Since August 2015, the holdings of the Kunst-ARCHIV-Raum have been successively entered into a digital archive information system. Thus, a comfortable search according to a wide variety of criteria is possible. An alumni database allows former students to be searched by name, subject, teacher or graduation year.


Records Management und digitale Archivierung | © Universität Graz / Helmut Lunghammer

Saving our digital cultural heritage

The experts of the Art ARCHIVE Room of the Mozarteum University dealt intensively with the necessities and possibilities of digital archiving at a conference in Graz. This does not begin in the archive, but is based on well-coordinated workflows within an institution (records management).

Accordingly, "Records Management and Digital Archiving - Designing Spaces for Digital Transformation" was the theme of the spring conference of the specialist group of archivists at universities and scientific institutions of the Austrian archives association VÖA, which took place in Graz from 10 to 12 May.

The Kunst-ARCHIV room was able to contribute very well to the discussions on document management systems, file plans, e-mail archiving and digital long-term archiving and also received valuable impulses for future projects.

This year's conference was also marked by international exchange. Experts from England, Germany and Switzerland spoke and discussed with those from Austrian universities, the Austrian State Archives and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Keynote speakers Gianni Penzo Doria from the University of Insubria in Varese and Adrian Brown, Director of the Parliamentary Archives London, reported on their successful digital archiving projects.


  • Musiker mit Kontrabass, neben ihm eine Holzmarionette | © Christian Schneider

    The Almanac 2021/22 shows the University Mozarteum's radius of activity, focussing on numerous initiatives for Ukraine aid, the new performance agreement period, the International Summer Academy, a wide range of studies, diverse events, worldwide cooperations and projects, as well as international successes. University members receive a free copy in the Art ARCHIVE room!

  • Team des Kunst-Archiv-Raum an einem Tisch mit alten Fotografien und Dokumenten | © Universität Mozarteum

    "It should be noted that the students of the conservatory outshone the professional singers listed as guests in their main roles". This was reported in the Salzburger Volksblatt about the first Figaro performance of the Mozarteum, which was shown in June 1918 under the musical direction of Bernhard Paumgartner in the "Salzburger Stadttheater".

  • Menschen um einen Tisch, auf dem Bücher durchgeblättert werden
    Open Day in the Art ARCHIVE Room 

    Every year around 9 June, the Art ARCHIVE Room presents archive treasures from its holdings and collections on varying themes. Visitors can admire the original documents, manuscripts, photos and other materials. Depending on the theme, there will also be lectures and musical contributions. 9 June is International Archives Day, which numerous institutions use to display their valuable archival materials. In Salzburg, the International Archives Day is celebrated in cooperation with several Salzburg archives under the lead of the Knowledge City Salzburg.




Personal memories of an institution

Under the title "Universität Mozarteum - Erzählte Geschichte" (Mozarteum University - Narrated History), in-depth audio interviews have been conducted with former and current members of the university since 2012. The interest is in the interviewees' personal memories of the Mozarteum, of colleagues, of events, of special events as well as of everyday life, the building situation and more. With this oral history project, the Kunst-ARCHIV-Raum strives to create a body of testimony that provides insight into the living history of the Mozarteum.

The goal is to collect memories, impressions and experiences, and to use personal narratives as sources for the history of the Mozarteum University Salzburg.

All interviews conducted as part of the project Universität Mozarteum - Erzählte Geschichte (Mozarteum University - Narrated History) are archived in the Kunst-ARCHIV-Raum of the Mozarteum University. There, the recordings can be used by researchers as well as an interested public. The interviews are also archived by our cooperation partner MenschenLeben in the Austrian Media Library Vienna.

We would be pleased if you would make yourself available for an interview as part of the project Universität Mozarteum - Erzählte Geschichte! An informal contact meeting will be followed by an interview conducted by a member of our trained team. In the course of this, there is the opportunity to discuss your own memorabilia (photos, etc.).


Susanne Prucher
+43 676 88122 370

Sind die Wünsche an das Mozarteum damals wie heute gleichgeblieben? Der Kunst-ARCHIV-Raum zeigt in einer Bildergalerie ein Projekt des Departments für Bildende Künste & Gestaltung aus dem Jahr 2006: im Oktober 2006 wurde das neue Hauptgebäude der Universität Mozarteum am Mirabellplatz 1 nach umfangreicher Generalsanierung mit einem Tag der offenen Tür eröffnet, zu dem 17.000 Salzburger*innen und internationale Gäste kamen.

Die damalige Abteilung für Bildende Künste, Kunst- und Werkpädagogik bat die Gäste, ihre Wünsche an das Mozarteum auf ein Blatt Papier zu schreiben und sich damit fotografieren zu lassen.

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General information

1) Self-conception / Legal basis

The Kunst-ARCHIV-Raum is the central archive of the Mozarteum University in the sense of § 3 Abs. 2 Z 3 Bundesarchivgesetz. The Art-ARCHIVE-Room documents the present and historical activities of the University Mozarteum and makes them publicly accessible. As a public institution, the Art ARCHIVE Room supports teaching, development of the arts and research through the  

  • long-term archiving of all documents accruing at the organizational units (in particular departments, institutes and administrative units) of the Mozarteum University Salzburg and its legal predecessors (including image and sound carriers, plans, printed matter, etc…), provided they are classified as archival.
  • Advising organizational units on the preservation of potential archival materials.  
  • Securing, appraising, and preserving archival materials from sources other than the University's organizational units (e.g., records of University employees or partner institutions).
  • Making archived holdings available for official, scholarly, artistic, and journalistic purposes.
  • Supporting or participating in the scientific and artistic evaluation and presentation of archival holdings in publications, exhibitions, and other.

The Kunst-ARCHIV-Raum maintains active contact with national and international professional associations.

2) Archival records

Records are considered in particular written documents, manuscripts, typescripts, correspondence, handwritten creative transcripts, sketches, files, deeds, account books, publications, registers, maps, plans, as well as visual, film and audio material, files or other information carriers in analog or digital form. Documents worthy of archiving are those that make essential activities and business processes comprehensible and are of historical, artistic, political or legal significance for the Mozarteum University Salzburg because of their content or because of the persons involved. Documents from private sources (e.g. estates) will be kept as long as they have been handed over to the Art ARCHIVE Room for safekeeping, have been classified as worthy of archiving by the archive or university management, and permanent archiving can be guaranteed.

3) Transfer of archival records

The organizational units of the Mozarteum University shall transfer all records that have been classified as being of archival value to the Kunst-ARCHIVRaum no later than 10 years after the records have been closed. The handing over is based on transfer lists, which are prepared by the offering unit according to the specifications of the Kunst-ARCHIV-Raum. Organizational units of the Mozarteum University, which take care of the custody of their archive material themselves by Rectorate decision, are obliged to name a responsible operator and to provide the Kunst-ARCHIV-Raum with a written overview of the existing documents as well as the conditions of use.

4) Use of the archive

The Kunst-ARCHIV-Raum is a reference archive. A consultation service is provided for the archive users. The offer of an online research is aimed at. The archive material can be used by direct inspection, oral or written requests to the Kunst-ARCHIV-Raum and request for reproductions (for a fee) from the Kunst-ARCHIV-Raum. Archival records are generally subject to an archival hold period of 30 years or 30 years after the death of the individual(s) involved except in the case of consent by the individual(s) involved. Blocking periods do not apply to archival records that are intended for publication or have already been published. The statutory provisions, in particular the Federal Archives Act, the Copyright Act and the Data Protection Act, must be complied with. The detailed terms of use are set out in the user regulations. 

1) Procedure and duty of care

The use of the archive material can take place through direct inspection, oral or written inquiries and requests for reproductions (for a fee) at the Kunst-ARCHIV-Raum. The user must sign the user's book at each visit. the archive material is to be treated with the utmost care. In particular, it is not permitted to add notes, lines or signs to the archive material, to copy it or to alter it by any other means. No change may be made in the order and arrangement of the archival materials. Any disturbances in the order or other discrepancies, as well as any damage or missing parts found, shall be brought to the immediate attention of the supervisor.  When publishing contents or reproductions of the archive material, a complete citation of origin and source: "Kunst-ARCHIV-Raum/Universität Mozarteum Salzburg" must be given. In the event of publication, the Kunst-ARCHIV-Raum of the Mozarteum University shall be provided free of charge with a specimen copy of works written using archival materials of the Mozarteum University; this also applies to approved diploma and master's theses, dissertations and post-doctoral theses, even if they have not yet been published.

2) Protection periods

The archival records are released for inspection after expiration of the legal protection period of 30 years (§ 8 Abs.1 Bundesarchivgesetz). The date of the last processing marks the beginning of this protection period.  Personal files (e.g. personnel files, minutes of meetings, disciplinary files, etc.) are made available with the written consent of the persons concerned or 50 years after the last processing operation. The publication of personal data in works (publications) is only permitted ten years after the death of the person concerned or the demise of the legal entity. If the year of death is unknown, this protection period ends 110 years after the birth of the person concerned (Section 11 (1) of the Federal Archives Act). A reduction of the protection period can only be granted in special cases within the framework of the legal possibilities (§ 8 para. 4 and 5 Federal Archives Act) and after review by the archive management.

3) Reproductions

The production of reproductions, printouts or electronic copies from data holdings of the Kunst-ARCHIV-Raum requires a written agreement with the Kunst-ARCHIV-Raum. The exploitation rights of reproductions remain with the Mozarteum University Salzburg.

4) Liability

Users are liable for all damages caused by their fault to the archival materials of the Mozarteum University or to the rights of third parties in connection with the use of archival materials. The user bears sole responsibility for safeguarding the rights relevant to publication, in particular copyright and data protection rights. The Mozarteum University shall not be liable for any damage to the property of archive users or for any damage to health in connection with the use of archive material of the Mozarteum University.

5) Tariffs

Subject to other written agreements with the management of the Art ARCHIVE Room, the following tariffs apply:  

  • Use of reproductions in publications (per reproduction):
    Edition up to 2.000: Euro 20.-
    Edition up to 10.000: Euro 40.-
    Edition over 10.000: Euro 80.-
  • Use of reproductions on the Internet (oro reproduction):
    Week: Euro 20.-
    1 month: Euro 40.-
    from 1 year: Euro 100.-  
  • Use of reproductions in exhibitions (per reproduction):
    egional exhibition: Euro 5,-
    (Inter-)national exhibition: Euro 15,-
    Touring or permanent exhibition: Euro 20,-
  • Quantity discount
    from 10 reproductions: 25%
    from 50 reproductions: 50%

The use of reproductions in unpublished publications such as bachelor, master and diploma theses, dissertations and post-doctoral theses is free of charge.

The use of reproductions (scans) for personal use is free of charge.

University employees and persons commissioned by the university may be exempted from the above rates. 

The following can be viewed in the archive on request:

  • Annual reports from 1880/81 to 2000/01
  • Event programs as of 2013