Ego documents are materials such as autobiographies, diaries or letters in which the self-perception and representation of historical subjects in their environment is expressed. Within the framework of the Specialized Information Service (FID) for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek makes previously unpublished ego documents related to Eastern or Southeastern Europe available online. These can be searched via osmikonSEARCH and the OPACplus/BSB catalogue. A specially designed platform also offers user-friendly access to all ego documents digitised by the FID so far.
Using osmikonSEARCH you can find a variety of published ego documents from library collections. You can search for a particular document very effectively using the keyword "Erlebnisbericht" and refining your search by selecting another facet (language, subject, year).
In the Index of Microforms on History at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Verzeichnis der Mikroformen zur Geschichte in der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek, VMG-BSB) you will find numerous microfilmed ego documents from Eastern European archives, such as:
The microfilmed archive materials are searchable via the OPACplus/BSB catalogue and can be ordered by interlibrary loan to the reading room of your home library.
Tip: Use the keyword index for your research (subject/heading "Erinnerungen")!
The Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies has licensed the following source collections with ego documents:
On 17.05.2021 a workshop on first-person documents took place, organised by the Specialized Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies. Students from LMU Munich were also involved in the event.
Presentation in German:
Ego-Dokumente als historische Quelle (pdf)