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Aufgrund der Corona-Schutzmaßnahmen am HIS bleibt der Archiv-Leseraum bis auf Weiteres für externe Besucher*innen geschlossen.

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Established in 1988, the Archives of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research house a growing collection of materials relevant to the Institute’s research, publication, and exhibition activities. These include records and papers, gray literature, flyers, periodicals, posters, photographs and audiovisual media on various topics in contemporary history, with a special focus on protest movements.

Archival research in the databases

Archives databases

Search in all recorded holdings. The default setting is the simple search.
Search based on the classification categories of the Archive’s holdings.

Literature and periodicals from and about protest movements

Search for literature and periodicals on social movements / protest movements. The default setting is the simple search.

Archival search on the website

Special collection on protest movements

Holdings, collections, bequests
Journals and newspapers
Social movements
Links to other web resources on protest and social movements

Other holdings

Collections related to research projects
HIS institutional holdings

Contact and Opening Hours

Archives of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research

Mittelweg 36, 20148 Hamburg, Germany
Phone: +49 40 414097-31
Fax: +49 40 414097-11
Send an email

Opening hours

Workplaces in the Archives are assigned to users who have contacted the Archives in advance. Registered users can work in the Archives Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

News from the Archives

A View of the Archives

50 Years of Protest: Photo collections

New Acquisitions

  • From the estate of Hans-Jürgen Krahl (1943-1970), student movement (Frankfurt a.M.)
  • From the archives of the Munich Basisgruppen [action groups], 1970s and 1980s, student movement

Position paper by the VdA

Position paper by the VdA (Verband deutscher Archivarinnen und Archivare) on preserving documents relevant to new social movements