East German Studies Archive

The University of Reading’s East German Studies Archive (EGSA) was established in 1994 and provides a unique repository for a range of primary and secondary materials relating to East Germany. While the bulk of the holdings relate to the GDR years (1949-1990), there are also holdings of relevance to the four years of Soviet occupation (1945-1949) and the post-unification period (1990 onwards).

With over 6,000 books, journals, pamphlets, dossiers, films, and GDR memorabilia, EGSA provides an academic focal-point for research into the history, politics, society, culture, media, literature, and film of East Germany since the Second World War. Within its comprehensive range of materials, particular strengths lie in areas like school textbooks, the churches, oppositional activity in the latter years of the GDR, and GDR film.

We welcome approaches from academic researchers and others who may wish to consult the holdings. Access is free, with only a small charge to cover the cost of any photocopying. We especially welcome schools to make use of the Archive, or to contact us about teaching materials or possible workshops. The Archive is also integrated into our undergraduate programme, with student presentations and placements.

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