The inventory of the Green Memory Archive
The Archive is divided into three main sections: The historical archive, the archive library and the collections.
The historical archive builds the main source for research done at the Green Memory Archive. The main part contains office files of the German green party Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and their parliamentary groups - from county to EU levels - as well as personal documents of their members. Other parts of the historical archive contain records of the party's precursors and files originating from the new social movements, i.e. feminist, anti-nuclear, pacifist and environmental movements in Germany after 1968. The current volume of the historical archive is filling more than 3 miles of shelves, with over 200 individual-related file collections.
25,800 publications are listed in the online catalog of the library. The collection mainly covers Alliance 90/The Greens, Green politicians and the Heinrich Böll Foundation, focusing on, but not limited to, gray literature. The catalog also contains individual articles from journals and anthologies, as well as electronic publications. The collection is a reference library.
Around 2,000 items are listed in the Periodicals database (ZDB).
The Collections online catalog lists 900 photos, 60 films, 400 posters and 430 websites: photos of party conventions of the Greens and of the work of the parliamentary groups from 1983 to 1990, campaign spots and posters, as well as websites of Alliance 90/The Greens, their parliamentary groups, individual MPs and the Heinrich Böll Foundation.
The catalog is regularly expanded and updated. Campaign spots and websites can only be viewed in the reading room of the archive. A download option is not available. References to rights holders can be found in the individual files. Users needing files for publications or academic projects should contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly.
The Archiv Grünes Gedächtnis (which translates as 'Green Memory Archive') collects the primary source documents related to the history of the German Green Party and the new social movements in Germany. It organises the material, making it accessible to the public and preserving it for future generations.
The Archive holds a variety of material relating to the history of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and the party's predecessors as well as documents of the civil movement in the GDR and records of environmental, anti-nuclear, feminist and peace movements in Germany after 1968. Most records in the collections are files originating from the Green party's offices and work groups on all federal levels up to the EU parliament. The archive also assembles a great number of individual-related documents from party members and protagonists of the new social movements. Moreover, the archive contains a reference library of commercially published books and grey literature related to the material in the file archive. Collections of campaign posters, photographs, web content and voice and video recordings complete the inventory.