Pressearchiv von HWWA und IfW

In the context of the project ‘Retrospective digitisation of historical press articles on paper, roll film and microform of the Archives of HWWA and ZBW (formerly Economic Archives of IfW)’, the historical press clippings of the Hamburgisches Welt-Wirtschafts-Archiv (HWWA) and the Institut für Weltwirtschaft (IfW) have been digitized, and are available on the website Pressearchiv von HWWA und IfW.

The HWWA was founded in 1908 as Central Research Agency of the Hamburg Colonial Institute in Hamburg. Its goal was to collect information on the economic and social development in overseas countries for the needs of economy, science, media and public administration. The IfW was founded in 1914 as the first information department of the new Royal Institute for Maritime Traffic and World Economy. It kept press clippings on international economic developments. The only collections left today are those about subject matters and public figures as well as the dossiers concerning the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. By the end of 2005, the economic archives of HWWA and IfW stopped operating, and the information center of HWWA was integrated into public-law foundation ZBW, the German National Library of Economics.

The digitized press clippings that are available on this website, date from the beginning of the 20th century to the monetary reform of 1948 or to the foundation of the Federal Republic in 1949. The documents concerned are press articles, annual reports, festschrifts and other material dealing with public figures, products or groups of products, companies and other bodies, as well as subject matters from the world economy. Altogether, there are about 5,7 million documents.

Material is sorted in four ways: biographical archives, company archives, product archives, and topic archives. Within each category, material can be browsed and/or searched in various ways. Images are shown as JPEG; additionally, sometimes also as PDF.

The project was funded by DFG (German Research Foundation).

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