Publishing Ego Documents

Within the framework of the Specialised Information Service (FID) for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek offers the possibility to electronically publish so-called “ego documents” relating to Eastern or Southeastern Europe. Researchers are thus given easy and convenient access to materials that were previously often difficult or impossible to access publicly. The publication of ego documents is of particular benefit to historical-anthropological research approaches such as the history of everyday life, cultural or gender history in research on Russia, East and Southeast Europe.



How to Define Ego Documents?

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. You can find more information on this topic at:


Publishing Ego Documents

The Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies supports you in publishing your ego documents. It does not matter whether they are available in digital or print form - we will digitise the latter for you. The publication service is open to individuals and scientific institutions and refers to previously unpublished material.

Steps for Publication

Together with you, we identify those ego documents for which publication is sensible and feasible. The two main criteria are the current and future value for research and the clarification of legal issues.

Before publication, it must be clarified to what extent copyrights, personal and other rights are affected. Together with you, employees of the FID for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies will investigate these questions and prepare the corresponding contracts, such as the granting of rights for online provision. In general, we aim to publish new materials under a Creative Commons licence in the spirit of Open Access. Restricted access models are also possible if required.

After the legal issues have been clarified, the transfer of the materials to the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is organised and the digitisation is carried out by experienced staff. Special formats such as small prints, large formats or special items such as artist books can also be processed.

To make the ego documents findable, they have to be catalogued before publication. This is done at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, the data are fed into the corresponding library systems (B3Kat). Thus, the materials can be easily searched in osmikonSEARCH and the OPAC of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

Digital publication takes place within the framework of the subject repository OstDok. There the materials are available to researchers in digital form for research purposes and can be used freely.

Research in OstDok


Your contact person for ego documents:

Dr Katarzyna Adamczak


Searching for Ego Documents

You can find research tips and a selection of particularly valuable self-testimonies on osmikon at:

Material | Ego Documents