Archives introduce themselves - Archive of the German Women’s Movement

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The Archive of the German Women's Movement (AddF) is a documentation center and research institute and was opened in Kassel on March 8, 1984. It has built up an extensive and now unique collection on the history of women's movements and the everyday life of women in Germany in the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to preserving the collection, it carries out its own research projects and, as an independent cultural institution, brings the importance of the history of women's emancipation to the public's attention with readings, lectures, exhibitions and city tours.

The collection focuses on the activities of the organized women's movements, taking into account all currents, both the proletarian and the broad field of the bourgeois women's movement, from the confessional associations to the radical wing. In addition, documents are collected that provide information about women's lives and everyday life. The holdings are continuously supplemented by active collecting activities.

Exterior view of the Archive of the German Women's Movement in Kassel.
Exterior view of the Archive of the German Women's Movement in Kassel. | AddF/Sonja Rode

The archive - approx. 800 shelf meters (as of 2022) - consists of estates of women - such as Louise Otto-Peters (1819-1895), co-founder of the organized bourgeois women's movement, or of the physician, journalist and politician Gabriele Strecker (1904-1983) - and files of women's organizations - such as the German Protestant Women's Association (from 1899) or the German Association of Women Citizens (from 1835). In addition, extensive archival collections on persons, corporations and topics as well as a picture archive have been built up. The special library contains contemporary publications as well as current research literature and an extensive collection of periodicals. The holdings can be researched online.In particular, the META-Katalog of the umbrella organization i.d.a. also provides access to the digitized collection material.

Reading room of the Archive of the German Women's Movement in Kassel.
Reading room of the Archive of the German Women's Movement in Kassel. | AddF/Sonja Rode

In 2011, the archive holdings were included in the "Directory of Nationally Valuable Archives" of Kulturgutschutz Deutschland. Since 2021, the AddF has been designated a "Place of the History of Democracy" because it commemorates, preserves and researches the important role played by women and women's organizations in the establishment and expansion of democracy in Germany. The estate of the Kassel politician Elisabeth Selbert (1896-1986), one of the "mothers of the Basic Law," is an example of this.

The holdings of the Archive of the German Women's Movement in Archivportal-D.

 

Contact

AddF - Archiv der deutschen Frauenbewegung / Archive of the German Women's Movement
Research Institute and Documentation Center
Gottschalkstraße 57 / D – 34127 Kassel


Tel.: 0049-(0)561-9893670
www.addf-kassel.de

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