Special Holdings & Collections

As a research library the BBF covers a broad scope regarding the content and time period of its archival and library holdings, Some of these are exceptional because no other library or archive holds such a comprehensive or unique collection, or because the holdings are crucial for research in a particular field of educational history. A few of these collections are presented here.

  1. Adolf Reichwein Archive

    Adolf Reichwein Archive

    The Adolf Reichwein Archive was handed over to the BBF archive in 1997 as a depositum. It contains the legacy left by the ...

  2. Archival Materials on the History of Kindergarten and the Friedrich Fröbel's Pedagogy

    Archival Materials on the History of Kindergarten and the Friedrich Fröbel's Pedagogy

    The archive of the BBF holds a comprehensive body of documents pertaining to the history of kindergartens. In this regard, the ...

  3. Archive of the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences in the GDR

    Archive of the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences in the GDR

    The archive of the former Academy of Pedagogical Sciences in the GDR (APW) holds relevant sources for educational and school ...

  4. Collection of "Old Prints"

    Collection of "Old Prints"

    The “Old prints“ collection is a core element and a treasury of the BBF library, containing approximately 390 shelf metres with ...

  5. Collection of Autographs

    Collection of Autographs

    The beginnings of the collection of autographs can be traced to the history of the predecessor of the BBF, i.e. the German ...

  6. Curricula

    Curricula

    The BBF holds an exceptionally comprehensive collection of curricula, regarding epochs, subjects and school types.

  7. Drawings and Paintings by Students

    Drawings and Paintings by Students

    The collection of student sketches at the BBF archive is largely based on a collection by "Bund Deutscher Kunsterzieher e.V. ...

  8. Institutional Archive of the DIPF

    Institutional Archive of the DIPF

    The archive of the DIPF, Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education, contains administrative files, research ...

  9. Journals Before 1945

    Journals Before 1945

    Amongst its most outstanding holdings, the BBF owns a collection of periodicals with more than 15,000 titles spanning the years ...

  10. Legacy of Berthold Otto

    Legacy of Berthold Otto

    The BBF archive holds the legacy of Berthold Otto (1859 –1933), a relevant reform pedagogue publisher of the weekly magazine "Der ...

  11. Legacy of Hugo Gaudig

    Legacy of Hugo Gaudig

    he legacy of Hugo Gaudig (1860–1923), the reform pedagogue and advocate of higher education for girls, was donated to the BBF ...

  12. Pedagogical Lectures

    Pedagogical Lectures

    Pedagogical lectures are teachers' essays from the GDR, originating from practical school work and teaching, often field reports. ...

  13. Reviewing Office for German Schools and Studies

    Reviewing Office for German Schools and Studies

    The holdings include the personnel records of teachers in Prussia as well as other records of the Reviewing Office for German ...

  14. School Programmes and Annual School Reports

    School Programmes and Annual School Reports

    The BBF has probably the most complete collection of annual reports of Prussian secondary schools. Together with the annual ...

  15. Student Journals

    Student Journals

    The BBF possesses roughly 7,000 copies of student journals, i.e. one of the largest collections of German student journals from ...