In 1986 Prof. Dr. Kurt Hirche generously donated his collection of books, pamphlets, magazines, journals and newspapers to the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.
Find up-to-date records for publications from German political parties, trade unions and affiliated organisations in our catalogue. These publications, published both in print and digitally, have been systematically collected by the FES Library for many years.
Since the 1970th a new interest in regional history arose in Western Germany. This led to a downright history movement which was hallmarked by historical investigations, reminiscence work, history of eveyday life and microhistory.
Right from the beginning the German Social Democratic Party with its manifold local branches played an important part within this movement. This bottom-up historiography led to the publication of a great number of anniversary publications produced by regional and local SPD branches. These publications are collected and indexed in the FES Library.
From the time of its foundation the FES Library has systematically and extensively collected publications from organisations belonging to the international labour movement, in particular trade union organisations.