German resources

2. Resources in the UK

2.1 Archives

The National Archives
This is the national archive of England, Wales and the United Kingdom. It brings together and preserves the records of the central government and the courts of law. The records span an unbroken period from the 11th century to the present day. Their website runs a database search engine to help you find the records you need. They also have several searchable databases to help you find out about records held by other archives.

The Institute of Modern Languages Research Archives
Archival material has been deposited with the Institute of Modern Languages Research since its foundation in 1950. There are a number of discrete collections which in sum give a unique overview of the history and development of Germanic studies in the United Kingdom since the nineteenth century. The collections emanate from individuals and organizations engaged in Germanic studies. Researchers should apply to consult material at least forty-eight hours in advance by letter, facsimile, e-mail or telephone. The library staff need a name and contact number, a concise and clear idea of the nature of the enquiry and a date and time for consultation. Items can be searched on the library catalogue.

Arts and Humanities Data Service
As a postgraduate student in humanities you will find this service useful and relevant. It includes 5 different domains:

  • Archaeology Data Service
  • Visual Arts Data Service
  • Oxford Text Archive
  • Performing Arts Data Service
  • History Data Service.

Archives Hub is a portal bringing together descriptions of thousands of the UK's archive collections and representing nearly 300 institutions across the country.

AIM25 is a database of archives and manuscript collections from many of London's higher education institutions, learned societies, cultural organisations and City livery companies.

Wiener Library, which holds 2,000 document collections on the Nazi era, the Holocaust and related subjects. It includes the UK's largest archive of personal papers relating to Jewish refugees from Nazi Europe and continues to grow with more collections added every year.

The archives of the German-Jewish Centre at the University of Sussex, including a page highlighting the collections. 

Online Database of British Archival Resources relating to German-Jewish Refugees 1933-1950 (BARGE), compiled by the Centre for German-Jewish Studies at Sussex University between 2003-2008.