Special collections and literary bequests at the TIB Social Sciences site

Documentation of unemployment and its social and psychological effects

The documentation contains around 4,000 bibliographical references from the specialisation of unemployment research from the former Institute of Psychology at Leibniz Universität Hannover. The documents reflect the national and international scientific debate of the 1990s.

How can you access the documentation on unemployment research?

The references are indexed and described in the Unemployment: Social and Psychological Effects database.

Documentation on the education policy of Lower Saxony state parliamentary group of the SPD

This collection comprises some 200 files containing historical documents and archive materials of the Lower Saxony state parliamentary group of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) during its time in opposition from 1976 to 1990. The documents were bequeathed to TIB Social Sciences as a permanent loan by Professor Rolf Wernstedt. Letters, notes, printed minutes and newspaper cuttings provide information about programmatic debates on school, higher education and education policy held at that time in Lower Saxony. These documents reflect the processes and methods of work in opposition, forms of public relations (touring town and cities) and open up new sources for biographical research. The files, arranged by education policy keywords such as school and higher education policy, vocational work and adult education, are indexed individually with tables of content.

How can you access the special collection on education policy?

The files are contained in the Education Policy of Lower Saxony state parliarmentary group of the SPD Database, which can be used for electronic keyword searches.

Erich Gerlach Bequest

Erich Gerlach (1910-1972), Member of the State Parliament of Lower Saxony for the SPD from 1947 to 1972, editor of the journal "Sozialistischen Politik" (1954-1963), publisher of the writings of Karl Korsch; lecturer at the Technical University of Hanover from 1969 to 1972.

The bequest comprises a selected working library with about 2200 volumes and rare periodical holdings from the early days of the Federal Republic and the labour movement in France, Spain and Latin America, especially on the Spanish Civil War and the anarcho-syndicalist, libertarian tradition of the labour movement. Included are a number of journals of political groups before and after the Second World War that are difficult to access today.

In addition, the archival part of the bequest contains studies on syndicalism, anarcho-syndicalism (Spanish Civil War, Brazil, Argentina) as well as on workers' self-administration (Yugoslavia), Marxist economics and the theory of Karl Korsch. In addition, there is an extensive correspondence from the environment of "socialist politics", syndicalism and Trotskyism and working contacts with politicians and scientists. Rich collections of material and excerpts on the history of the international labour movement, socialism, Marxism, anarchism, the trade union movement and the critique of political economy round off the archive holdings.

How can you access the Erich Gerlach Bequest?

The collection of monographs and jourals from the working library is contained in the TIB Portal and can be used in the Reading Room.

The archival holdings of the bequest can be used by prior appointment at the TIB/Universitätsarchiv Hannover archive at the TIB site in Rethen.

Rudolf Sinz Bequest

The economist and sociologist Rudolf Sinz (1940-1976) lectured at Hannover University from 1972 to 1976. The bequest comprises manuscripts and excerpts related to his unfinished PhD thesis on the subject of "Die Kritik der Politischen Ökonomie als Theorie der gesellschaftlichen Produktion" ("Criticique of Political Economy as a Theory of Social Production").

How can you access the Rudolf Sinz Bequest?

The bequeathed items can be used in the archive rooms by appointment.

Bequest of Werner and Emmy Scholem

The bequest mainly includes correspondence by Werner and Emmy Scholem written during their time in concentration camps; documents belonging to family members and friends about the attempt to rescue Werner Scholem from detention; and letters written by other people. The documents are arranged in chronological order and indexed by means of a finding aid with registers.

How can you access the Scholem Bequest?

The bequeathed items can be used in the archive rooms by appointment.


Dr. Andreas Lütjen