Archival Projects

Besides the routine work of managing existing holdings, staff members also pursue larger projects which require additional resources. These projects include cataloging and indexing large acquisitions (ten shelf meters and more), creating or contributing to exhibitions and publications, or technical projects such as digitalization and restoration.

Because of their comprehensive nature and the specific type of materials included (correspondence, brochures, flyers, posters, photographs, etc.), some collections, once they have been processed, are well suited for presentation to the public in an exhibition or other form (as has been the case, for example, with material from the estates of Arie Goral-Sternheim and Rudi Dutschke).


Current Archival Projects
Here is a brief outline of current work-in-progress in the Archives.

From the beginning of 2012 until the end of 2016, the Archives digitized the extensive poster holdings in its special collection on Protest, Resistance, and Utopia in the Federal Republic of Germany.
Currently we are digitizing the front pages of brochures in the Archives’ holdings of gray literature. Digital copies are first integrated into our internal Digital Archives. In the future, posters, photos, and the front pages of brochures will be accessible for online searches. Staff: Philipp Brendel and Dieter Schröder (2015-2018)


Completed Archival Projects
This list of completed archival projects does not include the addition of new collections to the holdings.

In 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017, the Archives presented collections selected by theme for Hamburg’s Nacht des Wissens (Night of Knowledge) event which reflected the research topics addressed at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research. In 2012 and 2014, on Germany’s national “Day of Archives” organized by the VdA (Verband deutscher Archivarinnen und Archivare), the HIS Archives presented its work together with other Hamburg archives on the premises of the Hamburg State Archives.

A selection of images from the collection focusing on the commune Ablassgesellschaft (Hamburg, 1967–1969) and the drug therapy project Release (Hamburg, 1969–1974) were presented in Ankara in a photography exhibition, “Social Art”, in the context of a symposium also called Social Art.

  • Photography Exhibition on “Social Art” (Ankara, 2002)

The Archives initiated, supported, and contributed to an exhibition created by Arie Goral-Sternheim and shown at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research. After the artist’s death and the processing of his estate for integration into the Archives database, the Archives presented several exhibitions and conducted a commemorative matinee focusing on his oeuvre and activities:

  • Exhibition “Mühsam Was Still Alive Then…: Arie Goral Sternheim, the Jewish Youth Movement, and Libertarian Utopiae” (Malente, 2000)
  • Exhibition “Arie Goral-Sternheim” (Paderborn, 2000) 
  • Exhibition “From Far Away into the Past: Walks in the Grindel District with Arie Goral” (SUB Hamburg, 1999/2000) 
  • Commemorative Event “Jiskor – Memento for a Lion: a Commemorative Matinee for Arie Goral-Sternheim” (HIS Hamburg, 1996) 
  • Exhibition “Posters, Pamphlets, Flyers: Traces of the Left” (HIS Hamburg, 1994)

The Archives provided reproductions of documents for an exhibition on Rudi Dutschke that was curated by the Stadtmuseum Luckenwalde and first shown there. The exhibition was later shown in Hamburg in cooperation with the Archives of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research, where it was extended to include much original material (posters, flyers, magazines, annotated books from Dutschke’s library, manuscripts, and typescripts):

  • Exhibition “Rudi Dutschke: ‘They Shouldn’t Have to Feel Ashamed for Me in Luckenwalde’” (HIS Hamburg, 1996)