The archive for local history is as much the museum’s depot and study collection as it is a service point (an advisory office for e.g. scholars and researchers, for teachers and school children, for historical initiatives and lay historians; a site of interesting finds and a primary source for photographs, documents, records, and objects from local history).
The collection process has the following points of focus:
- Photographs, artistic renderings, postcards, and other visual material that documents the historical life and form of the city and of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg
- Documents, both public records and personal collections, which can be reconstructed using personal biographies and company/industry histories
- In-kind donations and memorabilia that tell the story of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg; objects of everyday use (see, for example, the exhibit Ans Licht gebracht – der Müll unserer Vorfahren (Into the light – the garbage of our ancestors”) or products and machinery from local industry (for example, the printing industry)
- Recorded interviews with witnesses to history, who often provide perspectives on common history much different from what can be found in the usual history books.
Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00 to 16:00
Thursday 12:00 to 18:00
To schedule an appointment:
Tel. +49 30 50 58 52 34
It is strongly recommended that appointments be made ahead of time, as our team is small.
You can view and download relevant fees for archival use here.
Objects and documents from the five categories in the collection can be found online on our landing page at museum digital.
Further information on this digitization project (2013–2015) can be found on our blog.