Press Collection

The press collection consists of a newspaper collection and a press clippings archive. The newspaper collection comprises press publications since 1945 from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia or, as the case may be, the Soviet Union. It also contains regional newspapers from towns and regions of the historical German Eastern territories. The press clippings archive is organized thematically per country as well as by persons and places. A special collection contains newspaper clippings from the interwar period.

Since 1950, we have been building up an extensive press collection. It represents a unique collection of sources on the contemporary history of East Central Europe. Specifically, it includes a wide range of currently subscribed newspapers (e.g., from minority groups) as well as the archived newspaper holdings of over 700 titles, in approximately 12,500 volumes or bundles. These content of the collection are indexed in the  national newspaper database (Zeitschriftendatenbank, ZDB).

We serve local and interlibrary loans, are happy to advise you on the use of our holdings and research services during our opening hours, help you with your literature search and process your research and copy orders according to our cost regulations. Due to the large format of the newspaper volumes, the majority of the press collection can only be used on site. Some of the holdings are in external storage, so we ask you to order them in advance (if possible, one week before your visit).


Lipinsky, Dr. Jan
Tel. +49 6421 184-153