Image Archive of the Herder Institute

We collect and open up space for image sources East Central Europe (currently approximately 570,000 units) to make these both the research and the interested public. A first access, our online searchable Image Catalog.

» Image Catalog

He is currently documented about 1/5 of the image portfolio and is constantly expanding. About the visuals not yet available online our team will gladly provide information.

Opening times

Monday to Thursday
8:00 – 16:30 clock
Friday
8:00 – 15:00 clock

Phone: +49 6421 184-148
bildarchiv@herder-institut.de

What can be found in our Image Archive?

  • Regions and localities: image resources relating to the modern states of Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia as well as the Kaliningrad district.
    The regions in the west and north of what is today Poland – i.e. Lower Silesia and East and West Prussia as well as the Baltic – historically form the bulk of the institute's collection.
    The collection also contains more material on the Czech Republic, while only a limited number of motifs is available for Slovakia, Hungary, the Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus.
  • Topics: Predominantly pictorial motifs on art, architecture and urban development, but also documents relating to cultural history.
    In addition, there is a diverse range of pictorial material on landscapes, everyday life, historical and cultural events as well as political iconography and people. 
  • Media: the spectrum includes negatives, slides, photographs (analogue and digital), postcards, graphic and architectural drawings as well as illustrations, originating from 16th century images up to digital photography and with a focus on photography and postcards from the late 19th century.

What can the Image Archive of the Herder Institute offer you?

  • Research opportunities, available online, in written form and on site, are being constantly expanded through development projects.
  • Service and support from skilled staff and consultation to assist you with your research.
  • Provision of photographs in digital and analogue form for publications, exhibitions, scientific documentation as well as for private purposes - refer to services (requests can be made for special orders).
  • The presentation of specific material by means of publication and exhibitions.
Arial Photo
Colored Drawing
Color Slides