The Archives of the Max Planck Society are a central facility of Max Planck Society’s Administrative Headquarters. As such, they belong to the administrative bodies of a legal entity under private law. At the same time, they function as a public archive for the research on the Max Planck Society’s history, its administration and scientific work as well as on general historic research and objective information. Its legal status is founded on the Statute for the Archives adopted by the President of the Max Planck Society.
fig.: Statutes of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society for the Advancement of Science, Dept. I Rep. 1A No. 41; Library of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, prior to 1980; Statutes of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, II/102 No. 48