Berlin: Bauhaus Archiv

We were happy to have the opportunity to meet with two knowledable archivist/librarians ( Berthold Eberhard, Bibliothekar and Wencke Clausnitzer-Paschold, Archivarian)who explained the status of the documentation of the collection. The digitized parts of their catalog are included in a larger compilation of archival holdings called Kalliope, compiled and published by the Prussion National Library. They have a one-volume printout volume index which lists the names of students and teachers who are represented in their archival holdings. They have a list of photographs, as well as lists of holdings regarding various other Bauhaus locations. Once a researcher has found their target in this index they are referred to a more detailed bound list which describes holdings to the folder level. This more detailed catalog has been digitzed for about 60% of their holdings so far, and it is included in Kalliope.

An overview from their website: The Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design in Berlin is concerned with the research and presentation of the history and impact of the Bauhaus (1919-1933), the most important school of architecture, design, and art of the 20th century.It is the most complete existing collection focused on the history of the school and all aspects of its work and is accessible to all. The collection is housed in a building drafted by Walter Gropius, the founder of the school.

The holdings of the Bauhaus Archive cover various fields of collection, providing a unique documentation on the history of the Bauhaus, and enabling us to understand the achievements of the school in the domains of art, education, architecture, and design. The extensive collection includes studies from thecourses, workshop pieces from all fields of design, architectural plans and maquettes, artistic photography, documents, the photographic archive on the history of the Bauhaus, and the library.