Guide to the Kuratorium Unteilbares Deutschland photograph collection, 1959-1964 Kuratorium Unteilbares Deutschland photograph C0061

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

A Collection in
Special Collections and Archives
Collection Number C0061


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Repository
George Mason University. Special Collections and Archives.
Collection number
C0061
Title
Kuratorium Unteilbares Deutschland photograph collection 1959-1964
Physical Characteristics
5.5 linear feet (11 boxes
Creator
Kuratorium Unteilbares Deutschland
Language
English
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 campaings, 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".

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Kuratorium Unteilbares Deutschland photograph collection, Collection #C0061, Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University.

Custodial History

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

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.


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.

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 campaings, 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 repsonsible 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.

Arrangement

Organized by subject.

Related Material

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


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: East)--Photographs.
  • Berlin (Germany: West)--Photographs.
  • Subjects:

  • Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, 1961-1989--Photographs.
  • Protest movements--Germany--Berlin--Photographs.
  • Document Types:

  • Photographic prints.
  • Portraits.

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.

  • 1
    1-6
    Dramatic Crossection,
    1959-1964

    200 photograghs

  • 2
    1-3
    Dramatic Crossection,
    1959-1964

    200 photograghs

  • 2
    4-6
    Building of the Wall,
    1959-1964

    100 photograghs

  • 3
    1-2
    Building of the Wall,
    1959-1964

    83 photographs

  • 3
    3
    Refugees and Escapes,
    1959-1964

    55 photographs

  • 3
    4-6
    East Germany Views and Daily Life,
    1959-1964

    134 photographs

  • 4
    1
    Dresden,
    1959-1964

    51 photographs

  • 4
    2
    Campaign: "Youth Speaks for Germany,"
    1959-1964

    16 photographs

  • 4
    3
    Campaign: "Children's Airlift,"
    1959-1964

    6 photographs

  • 4
    4-5
    Campaign: "Open the Gate" (The Brandenburg Gate),
    1959-1964

    111 photographs

  • 4
    6
    Konrad Adenauer (German Chancellor),
    1959-1964

    44 photographs

  • 4
    7-8
    Willy Brandt (Mayor of Berlin, German Chancellor),
    1959-1964

    98 photographs

  • 5
    1-2
    Heinrich Lubke (German President),
    1959-1964

    116 photographs

  • 5
    3
    Herbert Wehner (leading Social Democrat (SPD) and member of the Kuratorium),
    1959-1964

    25 photographs

  • 5
    4
    Erich Mende (leading Liberal Democrat (FDP) and member of the Kuratorium),
    1959-1964

    30 photographs

  • 5
    5
    Visiting Heads of State,
    1959-1964

    49 photographs

  • 5
    6
    Diverse Portraits,
    1959-1964

    48 photographs

  • 5
    7
    Public Rallies,
    1959-1964

    79 photographs

  • 6
    1-4
    Public Rallies,
    1959-1964

    200 photographs

  • 6
    5
    Wall Memorials,
    1959-1964

    23 photographs

  • 6
    6-7
    Memorials and Monuments,
    1959-1964

    105 photographs

  • 6
    8
    Exhibitions on the Division,
    1959-1964

    50 photographs

  • 7
    1-3
    Exhibitions on the Division,
    1959-1964

    173 photographs

  • 7
    4-6
    Art Against the Division,
    1959-1964

    179 photographs

  • 8
    1
    Various Campaigns of the Kuratorium,
    1959-1964

    85 photographs

  • 8
    2-6
    Campaign: "Christmas Trees for Berlin,"
    1959-1964

    268 photographs

  • 9
    1-5
    Various Personalities,
    1959-1964

    400 photographs

  • 9
    6
    Paul Lobe (first President of the Kuratorium),
    1959-1964

    29 photographs

  • 10
    1
    W. W. Schutz (second President of the Kuratorium, since 1967),
    1959-1964

    57 photographs

  • 10
    2-3
    Conferences and Conventions,
    1959-1964

    181 photographs

  • 10
    4-6
    Berlin,
    1959-1964

    185 photographs

  • 11
    1
    Factories and Production (in East Germany?),
    1959-1964

    40 photographs

  • 11
    2
    West Germany Views and Landscapes,
    1959-1964

    42 photographs

  • 11
    3
    Pommern - Buildings and People,
    1959-1964

    31 photographs

  • 11
    4
    Clippings, Ephemera, and Other Images,
    1959-1964
  • 11
    5
    "It Happened at the Wall,"
    1959-1964

    book

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • 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.

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Berlin (Germany: East)--Photographs.
  • Berlin (Germany: West)--Photographs.