DiFMOE digitizes historical printed works from multi-ethnic cultural landscapes of Eastern Europe, especially those with (formerly) larger German or German-speaking parts of the population, and makes them available via the internet.
Online source editions of the Herder Institute with texts (documents) and maps, pictures, statistics (materials) on the history of East Central Europe. It is a standardised and structured web offer for lecturers, students and other interested parties and publishes sources that have been difficult to access up to now.
"The Hungarian Reformation online" contains 98 titles on the Reformation in Hungary, which are hardly widespread in Germany, and comprises about 35,000 pages. The source collection documents the diverse Reformation currents in early modern Hungary from the 1540s to the middle of the 17th century. The original writings shed light on a facet of the Reformation Age that has been little researched to date and offer an invaluable resource for historians interested in the Lutheran Reformation, the development of international Calvinism, the Catholic Reformation and the emergence of anti-Trinitarianism. (in Germany free access through national licence)
The database contains news reports, television and radio transcripts from the Foreign Broadcast Information Service on legal and illegal immigration and refugees in the period 1941-1996, and is of great importance for East and Southeast European studies as it provides material on the following topics:
The database provides access to digitized (not full-text searchable) records of the following events in Ukraine: a) parliamentary elections 2012, b) Maidan protests 2013/14, c) presidential elections 2014, d) parliamentary elections 2014. You can access leaflets, flyers, brochures, websites and other grey literature on the above events.
The Russian newspaper "Gudok", published continuously since 1917, is one of the oldest and leading daily newspapers in Russia. In addition to industry news about the railway industry, the paper deals with topics from the fields of culture and politics as well as social issues. A mixture of biting social commentary and satire is particularly characteristic. (FID license)
Digital archive of one of the oldest Russian newspapers with a focus on literary topics. The archive contains approximately 53,500 pages of articles from 1929 to 2011 and is readable and searchable online. (in Germany free access through national license)
In two sub-collections, "Mass Media in Russia Online" provides digital copies of a selection of historical Russian, then widely distributed cheap daily newspapers (kopejki), which were aimed at broad urban strata of the population. The collections are part of the "Primary Sources for Slavic Studies". (in Germany free access through national licence)
The source collection includes some of the most interesting examples of early 20th century anarchist periodicals that could only be published for a short time in Russia (mostly 1917-1918). It is part of the "Primary Sources for Slavic Studies". (in Germany free access through national license)
The digital archive of "Voennaja mysl'" - the most important military-theoretical journal in the Soviet Union and Russia - contains more than 1,087 issues and includes a total of over 13,000 articles, available as searchable and downloadable PDF files.
Web directory of digital source collections on the Russian revolutionary year 1917, compiled by the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES).
Everyday life, landscape, localities as well as political events are depicted in pictures from magazines, making the source collection a treasure trove of e.g. lost customs and buildings. Part of the "Primary Sources for Slavic Studies". (in Germany free access through national license)
The digital collection includes sources, certificates, records, documents and materials on the famine in Ukraine 1932-1933.
It brings together materials by and about Russian Muslims from a very eventful, but little researched period of their history (1861-1918). Part of the "Primary Sources for Slavic Studies". (in Germany free access through national licence)
This collection contains a variety of intelligence documents on Russia's expansion in Asia. Part of the "Primary Sources for Slavic Studies". (in Germany free access through national licence)
The majority of the secret printed material in the source collection comprises field reports from travellers to remote and little known areas of Asia. Most of them were Russian army officers with training in geography and related disciplines. Part of the "Primary Sources for Slavic Studies". (in Germany free access through national licence)
The four sub-collections contain rare primary sources on the history of Turkey, Russia, the Middle East and Western Europe. The digitized documents allow not only a detailed insight into the military ups and downs of Russian-Ottoman relations, but also into the impact of these on the European public opinion. Part of the "Primary Sources for Slavic Studies". (in Germany free access through national licence)
The full-text archive comprises in digitalized form, among other things, the approximately 28,000 documents on Stalin's life and activities at the places of power in the Soviet Union archived in "Fond 558" of the Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History (RGASPI) in Moscow.
The database contains reports, publications, and news broadcasts from communist countries collected by the U. S. Foreign Broadcast Information Service from 1945 to 1991. The primary sources refer to the following facets of the Cold War:
It is the most extensive collection of essential primary documents on US foreign and military policy since 1945 and is of interest for the history of the Cold War, among other things. The following collections are included: The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962, The Soviet Estimate: U.S. Analysis of the Soviet Union, 1947-1991 (Soviet Estimate). (in Germany free access through national license)
Founded in 1941, the FBIS's mission was to monitor, record, transcribe and translate from up to 70 languages intercepted broadcasts of foreign governments, official news media and secret broadcasts in occupied territories on all continents. The information service was later subdivided into the War Department and, from 1947, the foreign intelligence service CIA. The database is important for East and Southeast European studies, as it contains US Intelligence reports on Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union and Central Asia.
The source collection contains over 30,000 digitized pages of original documents from the reign of British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan (1957-1963) and thus represents an important source base for international relations and conflicts during this phase of the Cold War. (in Germany free access through national licence)
The film collection "Socialism on Film" documents the communist world from the Russian Revolution until the 1980s. This unique collection of documentary films, features and newsreels reveals all aspects of life behind the Iron Curtain, as seen by filmmakers from the USSR, Vietnam, Cuba, China, East Germany, Eastern Europe and more.The film material was versioned into English language and completely transcribed. The transcripts are available as downloadable PDF files.
The service provides access to documents released by US government agencies. It is an authoritative source on post-World War II American domestic and foreign policy issues, including Cold War history. (in Germany free access through national license)
Extensive collection of digitized sources on the history of international relations with a focus on the Cold War, which means that the portal also contains a large number of documents from and about Russia, East and Southeast Europe.
The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) holds one of the largest and thematically broadest collections of microfilmed and otherwise unpublished archival documents worldwide. Among them are also archival documents which are not (no longer) accessible to the public in their countries of origin for political reasons. Especially with regard to the history of the Soviet Union, Russia and Ukraine, the collection can be considered outstanding.
In order to be able to offer you a quicker and more convenient way of finding the available archive material, the finding aids are gradually being digitised, processed with text recognition and made available in open access via the subject repository OstDok. In addition, the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies is working on the modernisation of the index itself.
At the present time, all microforms can be searched in both the VMG-BSB and the BSB catalogue OPACplus and ordered via the latter. Information on the structure and use of the VMG-BSB can be found in a detailed introduction.
The following options are available for working with the microforms:
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek | OPACplus
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek | Verzeichnis der Mikroformen zur Geschichte in der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek
Keyword index to the Verzeichnis der Mikroformen zur Geschichte in der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek
The following examples give an impression of the range of the material:
You are welcome to recommend to us digital source collections that are subject to a fee for acquisition. Please use our Wish List service for this purpose.