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The Archive of Democratic Socialism (ADS) of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in Berlin is the youngest among the archives of the German political foundations. It was founded in the summer of 1999. With this archive the foundation preserves the memory of socialist forces in Germany after 1990. The main task of the ADS is to collect sources on the development of the Left Party (DIE LINKE.) in Germany and its predecessors, the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) and Electoral Alternative for Labour and Social Justice (WASG), to archive these documents and to facilitate access for research and the interested public. The archive takes over records of the Left Party, records of the parliamentary group and of the members of the Left Party in the national parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) and in the state parliaments (Länderparlamente), as well as personal legacies, and deposits.

The holdings of the Archive of Democratic Socialism are comprised of:

 

 

The record groups have in detail the following scales: 


Records of the party executive board of the PDS and the Left Party:

    

     96,0 m

Records of the parliamentary group of the PDS and of the parliamentary group of the Left Party in the national parliament (Deutscher Bundestag):


   358,1 m

Records of regional party executive boards of the PDS and the Left Party in individual federative states of Germany:


     33,9 m

Records of the parliamentary groups of the PDS and the Left Party in the parliaments of individual federative states of Germany:


       3,7 m

Records of the delegation of the PDS and the Left Party in the parliamentary group European United Left / Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) in the European Parliament:

 
       2,4 m

Personal legacies, parts of personal legacies and deposits:

     62,9 m

Collection of photos, posters, leaflets, movies, videos, audio records, newspaper clippings, objects:


     19,1 m

Records of the work of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation itself („foundation archive”):


    126,3 m

 

All in all, the ADS shelves more than 705 metres of documents. Until now approximately 105 m of all these records have been described and arranged by inventories.

 

The two following graphs display the stake of special record groups in the holdings of the ADS firstly in percent and secondly in meters:

 

Since its foundation the stock of records of the Archive of Democratic Socialism has grown as follows (delivery of stock on aggregate): (1)

 

 

In 2002 alone the stock of records of the Archive of Democratic Socialism has got quadrupled. In this regard, the increase of the records received from the parliamentary group of the PDS and the Left Party to more than 350 m is of utmost importance. (2)

The records of the parliamentary group of the PDS and the Left Party in the Bundestag (as a result of an intensive canvassing) cover 50 percent of the whole records of the ADS. There are both records of the parliamentary group and records of the members of parliament like Eva Bulling-Schröter, Dr. Gregor Gysi, Prof. Dr. Christa Luft or Dr. Heidi Knake-Werner.

The records of the parliamentary group are mainly structured in:

  • Documents of the parliamentary group and of its board (including minutes of meetings),
  • Documents of the working groups on different fields of politics (including minutes of meetings) and documents of the independent study groups,
  • Parliamentary initiatives (like bills, amendments, oral and written questions to reply in parliament) and inter-parliamentary activities,
  • Correspondence of the board, of the secretary of the parliamentary group and of the office,
  • Press and public relations work.

The record groups of the parliamentary group in the Bundestag essentially consist of the following documents:

  • Record groups of the parliamentary group of the PDS in the 1990 freely elected parliament of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) (the Volkskammer): 7,0 m
  • Record groups of the parliamentary group of the PDS in the German Bundestag from 1990 to 1994 (11th and 12th election period): 24,2 m
  • Record groups of the parliamentary group of the PDS in the German Bundestag from 1994 to 1998 (13th election period): 26,5 m
  • Record groups of the parliamentary group of the PDS in the German Bundestag from 1998 to 2002 (14th election period): 100,3 m
  • Election archive of the parliamentary group of the PDS in the German Bundestag (including election criteria): 6,9 m
  • Collection to the parliamentary work in the German Bundestag: 3,3 m
  • German Bundestag, 12th election period, Enquete Commission „Looking back and reappraising history and results of the SED dictatorship in Germany“: 0,7 m
  • German Bundestag, 13th election period, Enquete Commission „Overcoming the results of the SED dictatorship during the process of German unification“ 0,4 m
  • Record group „Workers and farmers’ faculties“, preparing young workers and farmers for university study in the former GDR (Collection Böttcher): 0,7 m

The record groups of the members of parliament include especially speeches, essays, articles, press releases, case files, documents for the work in the permanent committees of the Bundestag, and correspondence:

  • Record group Petra Bläss (MP): 1,1 m
  • Record group Dr. Ulrich Briefs (MP): 0,1 m
  • Record group Eva Bulling-Schröter (MP): 12,6 m
  • Record group Roland Claus (MP): 1,3 m
  • Record group Jürgen Demloff (Member of the parliament of the German Democratic Republic – the Volkskammer): 4,8 m
  • Record group Heidemarie Ehlert (MP): 6,7 m
  • Record group Dr. Dagmar Enkelmann (MP): 1,0 m
  • Record group Dr. Ruth Fuchs (MP): 0,4 m
  • Record group Fred Gebhardt (MP): 0,3 m
  • Record group Wolfgang Gehrcke (MP): 2,9 m
  • Record group Dr. Klaus Grehn (MP): 4,6 m
  • Record group Dr. Gregor Gysi (MP): 27,3 m
  • Record group Prof. Dr. Uwe-Jens Heuer (MP): 0,3 m
  • Record group Dr. Barbara Höll (MP): 6,8 m
  • Record group Carsten Hübner (MP): 2,5 m
  • Record group Ulla Jelpke (MP): 32,6 m
  • Record group Gerhard Jüttemann (MP): 1,4 m
  • Record group Dr. Heidi Knake-Werner (MP): 21,7 m
  • Record group Rolf Kutzmutz (MP): 8,0 m
  • Record group Heidemarie Lüth (MP): 1,1 m
  • Record group Prof. Dr. Christa Luft (MP): 15,1 m
  • Record group Pia Maier (MP): 0,8 m
  • Record group Dr. Günther Maleuda (MP): 0,2 m
  • Record group Dr. Hans Modrow (MP): 1,2 m
  • Record group Kersten Naumann (MP): 0,6 m
  • Record group Rosel Neuhäuser (MP): 5,0 m
  • Record group Christine Ostrowski (MP): 7,9 m
  • Record group Bodo Ramelow: 2,0 m
  • Record group Dr. Uwe-Jens Rössel (MP): 4,8 m
  • Record group Dr. Ilja Seifert (MP): 2,8 m
  • Record group Steffen Tippach (MP): 0,8 m
  • Record group Klaus-Jürgen Warnick (MP): 2,5 m
  • Record group Dr. Winfried Wolf (MP): 1,0 m

The collaborators of the Archive of Democratic Socialism worked out the following inventories:

  • Inventory / 01: Record group: The parliamentary group of the PDS in the parliament of the German Democratic Republic (the Volkskammer) (March to October 1990). Very enlarged edition.
  • Inventory / 02: Record group: The parliamentary group of the PDS in the German Bundestag (1990 to 1994).
  • Inventory / 03: Record group: Dr. Dagmar Enkelmann, MP (1990 to 1998).
  • Inventory / 04: Record group: Dr. Hans Modrow, MP (1990 to 1994).
  • Inventory / 05: Record group: Jürgen Demloff, MP (1990).
  • Inventory / 06: Record group: The parliamentary group of the PDS in the German Bundestag (1994 to 1998).
  • Inventory / 07: Record group: Dr. Gregor Gysi, MP (1990 to 2002).
  • Inventory / 08: Record group: Prof. Dr. Christa Luft, MP (1994 to 2002).
  • Inventory / S 1: Record group: Workers and farmers’ faculties in the German Democratic Republic.

The ADS has approximately 50 users per year (including inquiries by telephone of MPs and journalists). More and more students and scientists come to the archive for using the records and benefit by the deep access to the record groups. They are especially interested in documents about the transformation process of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany to the Party of Democratic Socialism and about the PDS and the Left Party in the European comparison. They want to study documents of MPs of the PDS in the Enquete Commission on „Looking back and reappraising history and results of the SED dictatorship in Germany“ and in the Enquete Commission on „Overcoming the results of the SED dictatorship during the process of German unification“. Their activities further focus on the building up of the PDS in West Germany and on the work of the PDS in the German Bundestag in concrete fields of politics.

In the ADS, three workplaces are available for users, one with access to PC for different research (for electronic research by the archive software AUGIAS-Archiv and by the electronic version of the finding aids; internet access). The inventories also exist in a print version. Another important part of the archival work is to care for the users. The ADS Staff receives inquiries from different target groups in orally or in writing. The reference service provides information to make holdings available for use in search rooms.

The Foundation’s library was conceived as a reference library. It maintains roughly 130 newspaper and magazine titles, and more than 31,000 volumes are presently being catalogued. The library collects PDS and Left Party documents and writings, including works by party members as well as standard contemporary and social science literature referring to the PDS and its successor the Left Party in Germany (currently about 900 monographs). Literature published by the PDS-related foundations and associations for political education in the individual federative states of Germany is also collected. Of course, the library holds writings by and about Rosa Luxemburg and literature, allowing us to gain an insight into her life and work (currently more than 250 titles). Standard literature on political education and on the theory and history of left-wing movements in Germany (especially materials about the concept of a democratic socialism) is also in the library’s stock.


(1) Differences between the scale of taken delivery records and the scale of the whole records of the ADS result firstly from the building of own collections and secondly from the re-designation in library goods and from annulment.

(2) Including the records of the parliamentary group of the PDS in the 1990 free elected parliament of the German Democratic Republic (the Volkskammer).

Berlin, 16 January 2009


Contact:

Dr. Jochen Weichold

Head of the Archive and Library Department of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
Franz-Mehring-Platz 1
10243 Berlin
4th floor, room 418

Tel.: (030) 44 31 01 21
Fax: (030) 44 31 02 22
E-Mail: weichold@rosalux.de  

Internet: www.rosalux.de
E-Mail: archiv@rosalux.de

Opening hours of the archive:
Monday to Thursday
from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Besides of these opening hours special arrangements are possible. Please, inform us about your intention to use our archive.

Opening hours of the library:
Monday to Friday
from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.


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