Archives Projects

Together with cooperation partners, the Archives work on indexing, researching, conserving, digitising and publishing the holdings in their collections.

Conservational measures for the book collection in the rooms of the Brecht-Weigel Museum

In a project funded by the BKM, 247 protective sleeves from the Bertolt Brecht and Helene Weigel bequest libraries have been successfully restored.


Surface cleaning of books in the Brecht-Weigel Museum

Within the scope of conservational measures, the book holdings and book furniture of the Brecht-Weigel Museum were cleaned, secured and stabilised.


Digitising Brecht’s Manuscripts

The Archives of the Akademie der Künste has started the process of digitising all the manuscripts held in the Bertolt Brecht Archive. Over the coming years, all typescripts, handwritten manuscripts, letters, documents, newspaper clippings and photos from the Bertolt Brecht Archive folders are to be scanned and successively made available internally at monitors in the reading room.


Securing and digitising the cinematographic works in the Bertolt Brecht Archive of the Akademie der Künste

The cinematographic holdings of the Bertolt Brecht Archive of the Akademie der Künste comprise around 50 titles on approx. 70,000 metres of analogue film material. In cooperation with the Deutsche Kinemathek and funded by the LOTTO-Stiftung Berlin and the Federal Government's Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM), the cinematographic works in the Bertolt Brecht Archive are being secured and subsequently made available to the general public.


Digitising the Modellbücher (‘model books’) and the Hainer Hill Photo Archive in the Bertolt Brecht Archive

In 2013, with financial support from the Berlin Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs, a complex process of restoration was successfully completed for 104 of Bertolt Brecht's Modellbücher ('model books'), some heavily worn, as well as 724 photographs by Hainer Hill.


Bertolt Brecht, Notizbücher

Historisch-kritische Hybridedition

For the first time, the entire 54 surviving Notebooks are to be edited. The Notebooks are the most important group of Bertolt Brecht's works not yet published. They played a key role in his writings and thought, accompanying his entire oeuvre (1918–1956). The edition is designed as a hybrid publication.