Guide to the Kuratorium Unteilbares Deutschland photograph collection, 1959-1964

Kuratorium Unteilbares Deutschland photograph C0061


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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Special Collections Research Center.
Creator Kuratorium Unteilbares Deutschland
Title Kuratorium Unteilbares Deutschland photograph collection
Date 1959-1964
Physical Characteristics 5.5 linear ft.; 11 boxes
Abstract The Kuratorium Unteilbares Deutschland (KUD) photograph collection consists of approximately 3,400 photographic prints that document the activities of the KUD, a West German organization that campaigned for reunification. Many of the photographs document the construction of the Berlin Wall and the response of West German citizens, including campaigns, memorials, and exhibitions. There are also photographs of KUD leaders and visits by foreign political leaders. The photographs are almost all black and white prints and range in size from 3 x 4" to 11 x 17" with most measuring approximately 5 x 7".
Collection number C0061
Language English

Historical Information

The KUD was organized on a national, state, and local level and cooperated with all institutions concerned with the "German Question": schools, universities, unions, industry, youth organizations, and the media in Germany and internationally. It functioned as an above party lines platform to discuss perspectives of reunification and to organize various campaigns to express the collective desire for unification. Leading members included important ministers of successive governments from all of the main political parties. The work of the KUD focused particularly on Berlin because the organization wanted the West German capital to move from Bonn to Berlin in order to more directly confront the Soviet sphere of influence. The KUD's influence diminished with the advent of Willy Brandt's Ostpolitik in which the two-state status quo was accepted as a fact and basis for a policy of détente in the late 1960s. In 1991 the KUD ceased to exist.

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Scope and Content

The Kuratorium Unteilbares Deutschland (KUD) photograph collection consists of approximately 3,400 photographic prints that document the activities of the KUD, a West German organization that campaigned for reunification. Many of the photographs document the construction of the Berlin Wall and the response of West German citizens, including campaigns, memorials, and exhibitions. There are also photographs of KUD leaders and visits by foreign political leaders. The photographs are almost all black and white prints and range in size from 3 x 4" to 11 x 17" with most measuring approximately 5 x 7".

Some of the most spectacular and dramatic images are found in the first three boxes that contain photographs of the Wall's construction and subsequent events that took place during the time of the Cuban missile crisis. Approximately half of the photographs are from professional news agencies, including the Associated Press, the Deutche Presse-Agentus, Aktueller Bilderdienst, and Telegraf/Bankhardt. The KUD members are responsible for the most of the remaining photographs that document their various activities and events. Each subject category represents a textbook illustration of the existence and activities of this important organization from the late 1950s through the early 1960s.

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Arrangement

Organized by subject.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center also holds a large collection of posters that document the history of East Germany from the 1940s through the first elections in the 1990s.

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Index Terms

Persons:

Adenauer, Konrad, 1876-1967--Photographs.
Brandt, Willy, 1913-1992--Photographs.
Löbe, Paul, 1875-1967--Photographs.
Lübke, Heinrich, 1894-1972--Photographs.
Mende, Erich, 1916- --Photographs.
Schütz, Wilhelm Wolfgang, 1911- --Photographs.
Wehner, Herbert, 1906-1990--Photographs.

Geographical Names:

Berlin (Germany)--Photographs.

Subjects:

Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, 1961-1989--Photographs.
Protest movements--Germany--Berlin--Photographs.

Document Types:

Photographic prints.
Portraits.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Shortly after the KUD ceased to exist in 1991, Thomas Hill acquired the photograph archives from a former KUD member.

Preferred Citation

Kuratorium Unteilbares Deutschland photograph collection, Collection #C0061, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Thomas Hill in 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by Jordan Patty in 2010. EAD markup completed by Eron Ackerman and Jordan Patty in 2010.

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Contents List

Series 1: KUD Photograph Archive, 1959-1964
Consists of approximately 3,400 photographic prints that document the activities of the KUD, a West German organization that campaigned for reunification. The photographs are almost all black and white prints and range in size from 3 x 4" to 11 x 17" with most measuring approximately 5 x 7". There are also other materials, including ephemera and a book that features some of the photographs from the collection.
Box Folder
1 1-6 Dramatic Crossection, 1959-1964
200 photographs
Box Folder
2 1-3 Dramatic Crossection, 1959-1964
200 photographs
4-6 Building of the Wall, 1959-1964
100 photographs
Box Folder
3 1-2 Building of the Wall, 1959-1964
83 photographs
3 Refugees and Escapes, 1959-1964
55 photographs
4-6 East Germany Views and Daily Life, 1959-1964
134 photographs
Box Folder
4 1 Dresden, 1959-1964
51 photographs
2 Campaign: "Youth Speaks for Germany," 1959-1964
16 photographs
3 Campaign: "Children's Airlift," 1959-1964
6 photographs
4-5 Campaign: "Open the Gate" (The Brandenburg Gate), 1959-1964
111 photographs
6 Konrad Adenauer (German Chancellor), 1959-1964
44 photographs
7-8 Willy Brandt (Mayor of Berlin, German Chancellor), 1959-1964
98 photographs
Box Folder
5 1-2 Heinrich Lubke (German President), 1959-1964
116 photographs
3 Herbert Wehner (leading Social Democrat (SPD) and member of the Kuratorium), 1959-1964
25 photographs
4 Erich Mende (leading Liberal Democrat (FDP) and member of the Kuratorium), 1959-1964
30 photographs
5 Visiting Heads of State, 1959-1964
49 photographs
6 Diverse Portraits, 1959-1964
48 photographs
7 Public Rallies, 1959-1964
79 photographs
Box Folder
6 1-4 Public Rallies, 1959-1964
200 photographs
5 Wall Memorials, 1959-1964
23 photographs
6-7 Memorials and Monuments, 1959-1964
105 photographs
8 Exhibitions on the Division, 1959-1964
50 photographs
Box Folder
7 1-3 Exhibitions on the Division, 1959-1964
173 photographs
4-6 Art Against the Division, 1959-1964
179 photographs
Box Folder
8 1 Various Campaigns of the Kuratorium, 1959-1964
85 photographs
2-6 Campaign: "Christmas Trees for Berlin," 1959-1964
268 photographs
Box Folder
9 1-5 Various Personalities, 1959-1964
400 photographs
6 Paul Lobe (first President of the Kuratorium), 1959-1964
29 photographs
Box Folder
10 1 W. W. Schutz (second President of the Kuratorium, since 1967), 1959-1964
57 photographs
2-3 Conferences and Conventions, 1959-1964
181 photographs
4-6 Berlin, 1959-1964
185 photographs
Box Folder
11 1 Factories and Production (in East Germany?), 1959-1964
40 photographs
2 West Germany Views and Landscapes, 1959-1964
42 photographs
3 Pommern - Buildings and People, 1959-1964
31 photographs
4 Clippings, Ephemera, and Other Images, 1959-1964
5 "It Happened at the Wall," 1959-1964
book
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