The DLR is the Federal Republic of Germany’s aerospace research centre. Its extensive research and development work in the field of aviation, space travel, energy, transport, digitization and safety is an integral component of national and international co-operations. The DLR has its headquarters in Cologne.
The Zentrales Archiv is responsible for all DLR sites. The documentary focus lies on the period from 1969, when the modern DLR arose out of the merger of the Deutsche Versuchsanstalt für Luft- und Raumfahrt, the Aerodynamische Versuchsanstalt and the Forschungsanstalt für Luft- und Raumfahrt. The oldest documents extend back to the late 19th century. The Zentrales Archiv’s image stock encompasses several thousand images and glass plate negatives and cover more than 100 years of aviation and aeronautical history.