In the archive we preserve original manuscripts of most of Rudolf Steiner's writings (edited in the Complete Works under the numbers 1 to 45 (GA 1- 45) and also part of the printing proofs of his editions.

Notebooks and Notes

There are 622 notebooks and 7450 notes with Rudolf Steiner's annotations. The most diverse entries and records can be found in this valuable collection: drafts, thoughts, names, addresses, appointments, suscription lists, calculations of costs, excerpts and drawings. These notebooks are not a diary, because they do not usually include autobiographical notes.


We preserve in the archive 1800 letters from Rudolf Steiner and about 12000 letters adressed to Rudolf Steiner. They provide information about his life, the origin of his writings, the organization of lectures and cycles of conferences, the life and development in the theosophical, later anthroposophical society.

Shorthand notes

From the 6200 lectures that Rudolf Steiner gave during his life, 3700 have been written down in shorthand and most of these shorthand notepads have been preserved. There were 5 official stenographers during the lectures: Helene Finckh, Walter Vegelahn, Hedda Hummel, Georg Klenk and Franz Seiler. 



Lectures & transcripts

Thousands of typewritten transcripts of shorthand notes and of additional notes written down by listeners are preserved in the Rudolf Steiner Archive. They serve as a text basis for the publication of Rudolf Steiner’s lectures. 


During his lectures, Rudolf Steiner drew on blackboards. From 1919 on, the blackboards have been covered with thick, black paper enabling to roll the drawings up after the lecture and keep them. About 1100 drawings have been preserved and they are published in the art volumes of the Complete Works 
(K 58/1 - K 58/29).
The blackboards have been exhibited in important museums and galleries around the world and are available for loan every year for exhibition purposes.

Rudolf Steiner's private Library

The library comprises approximately 9400 volumes. It has been ordered by subject: art, theater, music, literature, Goethe, dictionaries, pedagogy, medicine, legal literature, occultism, history, philosophy, geography, theology, natural sciences, mathematics, travel guides.
The library offers an insight on Rudolf Steiner's scientific foundation. Notes, comments, marks or dog-eared pages are traces that Rudolf Steiner has left in his books.

Documentation on the Complete Works

The archive collects book copies of every published edition of the Complete Works from the first published edition to the present ones newly edited. This library documents the origin and development of the edition of Steiner's writings and lectures. It is a valuable source to follow up corrections and additions over the years.

The Artistic legacy

In Munich 1907, for the Congress of the Theosophical Society, Rudolf Steiner arranged the Conference Room with an artistic approach and included an art performance in the programme. This was the start of his artistic work. The First Goetheanum building belongs to his main works. His artistic legacy expands in the fields of architecture, theater, speech, eurythmy, painting, drawing and sculpture. His sketches, drafts, models, pastels and water-paintings are preserved in the archive.

Documents on Life and Work

Historical programmes, articles in newspapers, photos, entrance tickets record the life and works of Rudolf Steiner. By these means we can access and have a insight into events and developments in Rudolf Steiner's life.

Picht Library

Carlo Septimus Picht (1887-1954) was one of the first editors of Rudolf Steiner's works. He put together an ideal library. In this vast library we can find books to which Rudolf Steiner made reference or quoted.

Other legacies

Besides Rudolf Steiner's estate, there are other legacies or partial estates which are held in the archive. Among them, the legacies of Marie Steiner-von Sivers, Marie Groddeck, Carl Kemper, Tatjana Kisseleff, Maria Pozzo, Hermann Ranzenberger, Walter Roggenkamp, Ilona Schubert, A. Belyj, Assja Turgenieff.