Reinhard Heydenreuter

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Reinhard Heydenreuter (* 14 November 1942 in Penzberg, Upper Bavaria) is a German lawyer and historian.

He was Archive Director at the Bavarian Main State Archives and Head of the Archives of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences as well as Professor of Modern History and Bavarian Regional History at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt and the University of Passau.


From 1953 to 1962 Heydenreuter attended the Humanistische Gymnasium Tegernsee. After taking his Abitur there, he studied law, history and philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich until 1968. In 1969 he passed his first state examination in law and in 1974 his second state examination, both with distinction. From 1970 to 1974 he did his legal clerkship and received a doctoral scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation. From 1973 to 1977 Reinhard Heydenreuter was a research assistant at the Chair of Civil Law and Legal History at the University of Augsburg and was a lecturer in constitutional history in the Philosophy Department. In 1974 he entered the Bavarian archival service followed by a traineeship (Archivschule München). In 1977 he passed his state examination for the Bavarian archival service. In 1978 he received his doctorate in Bavarian regional history with the thesis Der landesherrliche Hofrat unter Herzog und Kurfürst Maximilian I. (1598-1651).

From 1978 he was a member of the archives council and head of the legal and municipal department at the General Directorate of the Bavarian State Archives. He is a lecturer in history and law at the Bavarian University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration and Administration of Justice, Department of Archives and at the Bavarian School of Archives. In 1979/80 Reinhard Heydenreuter spent time in the United States on behalf of the Bavarian Archives Administration. There he recorded the American occupation files 1945 to 1949 (OMGUS holdings) at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. for ten months.

In 1982 he was appointed senior archivist. Since 1988, in addition to his work at the General Directorate of the Bavarian State Archives and the Bavarian School of Archives, he has been head of the archives of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. In 1990, he returned to Washington, D. C., to record a wide variety of American records on behalf of the Bavarian Archives Administration. In 1996 he completed his habilitation at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt with a thesis entitled Herrschen durch Strafen. On the Development of the Early Modern State in the Duchy and Electorate of Bavaria.

Since 1999 Reinhard Heydenreuter has been honorary professor at the Ukrainian Free University of Munich. In 1999/2000 he was Director of Archives at the State Archives in Augsburg, and also Chairman of the Society for Bavarian Legal History at the University of Augsburg. Since 2000 he was head of the research and science department at the Bavarian Main State Archives. In 2002 he was appointed lecturer for Bavarian History at the University of Passau. In the same year he became a member of the Shevchenko Society of Sciences (Lviv/Ukraine) and head of the Institute for German-Ukrainian Relations at the Ukrainian University of Munich.

In 2004 he became deputy director of the Academy of the Augustinian Canons of Windesheim (Eichstätt research centre). In 2005 Reinhard Heydenreuter became an associate professor at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.

He was a CSU city council member in Penzberg from 2008 to 2016.[1]

Heydenreuter is a member of the Catholic student fraternity K.D.St.V. Radaspona Munich in the CV.


  • 2020: Culture Award of the City of Penzberg (together with Johannes Bauer)[2]


  • The sovereign court council under Duke and Elector Maximilian I. (Series of publications on Bavarian regional history 72), Munich 1981
  • Law, Constitution and Administration in Bavaria 1505-1946 (Exhibition Catalogues of the State Archives of Bavaria 13), Munich 1981
  • Armenfürsorge und Daseinvorsorge. Dokumente zur Geschichte der Sozialgesetzgebung und des Sparkassenwesens in Bayern (Ausstellungsataloge der Staatlichen Archive Bayerns 31), Munich 1992 (together with Ingo Krüger and Hermann Rumschöttel)
  • Art theft. The History of the Quedlinburg Abbey Treasure, Munich 1993
  • Stolen from the beginning. The History of the Quedlinburg Abbey Treasure (Ullstein-Taschenbuch), Berlin 1995
  • Die erträumte Nation. Griechenlands Wiedergeburt im 19. Jahrhundert, Munich 1993 (together with Jan Murken and Raimund Wünsche), 2nd ed. Munich 1995
  • From the Dingplatz to the Palace of Justice. Kleine Bayerische Rechtsgeschichte (Hefte zur Bayerischen Geschichte und Kultur 16), Augsburg 1993
  • Criminal History of Bavaria, Regensburg 2003
  • Small Munich City History, Regensburg 2007
  • with Wolfgang Pledl, Konrad Ackermann: From Abbrändler to Zentgraf: Dictionary of Regional History and Local History in Bavaria, Munich 2009
  • Benefactors of Science: Foundations for the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich in History and Present, Munich 2009
  • History with a future. 100 years of the city of Penzberg in Upper Bavaria. Volk, Munich 2019.

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Individual references

  1. Jack Eberl moves up for Heydenreuter. In:, 18 March 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  2. Süddeutsche Zeitung:Culture Prize for Bauer and Heydenreuter.Retrieved November 4, 2020.