The Archives Departments
The artistic estates of the Archives of the Akademie der Künste are held in six departments reflecting the Academy’s membership structure with its six Sections of the Visual Arts, Architecture, Music, Literature, Performing Arts and Film and Media Arts. In addition, the Media Archives is responsible for the audio-visual collections. The independence of the literary archives of Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht is a result of their historical development. The Historical Archives, with its administrative documents, serve as the memory of the Akademie der Künste down the centuries, with holdings going back to the earliest days of the Prussian Akademie der Künste when it was founded in 1696.