List of astronomical photographic plate archives

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Note: currently the present list is based entirely on the Catalogue of the WFPA[1].

  • Algeria
Algiers Observatory
  • Argentina
Astronomical Observatory of Córdoba
Félix Aguilar Observatory
  • Armenia
Byurakan Observatory
  • Australia
Australian Astronomical Observatory
Melbourne Observatory
Perth Observatory
Sydney Observatory
  • Austria
Leopold Figl Observatory
Vienna Observatory
Kanzelhöhe Observatory for Solar and Environmental Research
  • Belgium
Royal Observatory of Belgium
  • Bulgaria
Rozhen National Astronomical Observatory
  • Canada
Dominion Astrophysical Observatory
University of Toronto Astronomy Department
  • Czech Republic
  • Chile
Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory
  • China
Shanghai Astronomical Observatory
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
Tartu Observatory
  • Finland
Helsingfors Observatory
Tuorla Observatory
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
Dr. Karl Remeis-Sternwarte Bamberg
Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)
Hamburg Observatory
Jena University Observatory
Tautenburg Observatory
Sonneberg Observatory
Heidelberg-Königstuhl Observatory
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Indonesia
Bosscha Observatory
  • Italy
Observatory of Turin
Asiago Astrophysical Observatory
Loiano Observatory
Rome Observatory
Catania Astrophysical Observatory
  • Japan
Kiso Observatory
  • Latvia
Baldone Astrophysical Observatory
  • Mexico
Tacubaya Observatory
Tonantzintla Observatory
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
Mount John University Observatory
  • Poland
Astronomical Observatory of the Jagiellonian University
Poznań Observatory
Toruń Centre for Astronomy
  • Romania
Bucharest Observatory
Cluj-Napoca Observatory
  • Russia
Engelhard Astronomical Observatory (EAO) of the Kazan Federal University
  • Serbia
Belgrade Observatory
  • Slovakia
Skalnaté Pleso Observatory
  • Spain
  • Sweden
Kvistaberg Observatory
Stockholm Observatory
Uppsala Astronomical Observatory
  • Switzerland
  • Tajikistan
Hissar Observatory
  • UK
  • Ukraine
Astronomical Observatory of Kyiv National University
Main Astronomical Observatory
Astronomical Observatory of Lviv National University
Nikolaev Astronomical Observatory
  • USA
Allegheny Observatory
Carnegie Observatories
Harvard College Observatory
Kitt Peak National Observatory
McCormick Observatory
McDonald Observatory
Lick Observatory
Lowell Observatory
Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute
Sproul Observatory
Van Vleck Observatory
Yale University Astronomy Department
Yerkes Observatory
  • Uzbekistan
Maidanak Astronomical Observatory
  • Vatican
Vatican Observatory
  • Venezuela
Llano del Hato National Astronomical Observatory

Although now a little out of data, a starting place for astronomical plate archives in North America is in Osborn and Robbins: Preserving Astronomy's Photographic Legacy, ASP Conference Series, Vol 410, 2009. The article beginning on page 83 and the Appendix C in this volume give relevant information. Both articles are available through the ADS service:


  1. Catalogue of WFPA