20th Century Press Archives
The 20th Century Press Archives project gives online access to the historical publications of the Institute for World Economy (IfW) and the Hamburg World Economy Archives (HWWA): "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 both institutions from the beginning of the 20th century to the monetary reform 1948 or to the foundation of the Federal Republic 1949 were digitised. The project was funded by DFG (German Research Foundation). The documents concerned are press articles, annual reports, festschrifts and other papers dealing with public figures, products or groups of products, companies and other bodies as well as subject matters from the world economy. Altogether, the documents from the above named period amount to 5,7 million approximately. Until recently, access to those collections was possible only in the Kiel or Hamburg archives. Thanks to the DFG-funded project the documents were digitised and are now made available for online retrieval." The following four collections are available:
  • Biographical Archives: There are dossiers on roughly 17 000 public figures, such as politicians, economic leaders, scientists, statesmen, representatives of military, nobility or church, artists e.g. painters, musicians, poets, writers etc.. 5 400 of the dossiers have been digitised so far.
  • Company Archives: Consist of press clippings on companies and institutions such as universities, associations etc. Annual reports, festschrifts, journal articles and additional materials are also part of the company archives.
  • Product Archives: Dossiers contain information about production, culture and mining of a great variety of commodities, semi-finished and finished products, as well as trade, techniques and innovations.
  • Topic Archives: These archives were meant to give an overall picture of individual countries, with topics ranging from general information to subjects like health system, culture or military up to the economic sector, the latter being subdivided into many sections
The collections can be browsed by in various ways. All digitised documents are viewable in JPEG format.

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