One of the central tasks of the Bauhaus Archive is the collection of all documents related to the activities, ideas and cultural legacy of the Bauhaus, including letters, manuscripts and printed matter. Since its founding in 1960, the archive has been able to assemble material from the personal estates of over 500 teachers and students from the Bauhaus, as well as people and institutions connected with the ideas and history of the Bauhaus. The archive currently maintains over 140 linear metres of files, in addition to all Bauhaus publications and a collection of company documents and sales catalogues.
The unique photo archive on Bauhaus history, personalities, workshops and products has become an indispensable resource for research partners and for publishing houses around the world. Its current holdings of approximately 60,000 photos include portraits, pictures of works produced in the classrooms and workshops, Bauhaus architecture and design and related tendencies, and finally, images of the artefacts in the Bauhaus-Archiv Collection.
The holdings of the Document Collection can be searched via the Kalliope union catalogue. The document archive is open to everyone, but prior registration is required. More information on opening times and conditions of use is available here.
Please note: In 2019, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus, the Bauhaus-Archiv’s existing building will be modernised in a manner appropriate to its status as a listed landmark and it will be supplemented by a new museum building. Preparations have now begun for the upcoming measures related to this move. Beginning on 1 January 2017, it will no longer be possible to use the archive. If you wish to use the archive before this deadline, please contact the archivist well in advance to arrange an appointment. The photo service will continue to be available for photo orders.