Archival sources

During the Reinventing the Foundations of European Legal Culture 1934-1964 project, we have accumulated archival material from a number of archives. These include private correspondence, notes, and drafts of publications. We are working together with the data management team of the University of Helsinki as well as the respective archives to make as much as possible of the material publicly available at Zenodo (

Zenodo enables safe storage of research data. The research data is stored safely for the future in same cloud infrastructure as research data from CERN’s Large Hadron Collider and using CERN’s battle-tested repository software Invenio, which is used by some of the world’s largest repositories such as INSPIRE HEP and CERN Document Server. In addition, Zenodo assigns all publicly available uploads a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to make the upload easily and uniquely citeable. Zenodo further supports harvesting of all content via the OAI-PMH protocol. Zenodo is integrated into reporting lines for research funded by the European Commission via OpenAIRE.

Meanwhile, we are happy to share the archival material with other researchers. If you’re interested in the archival material we have, please contact the project coordinator, Dr. Heta Björklund (, and let her know which archive(s) you’re interested in. We have material from the following archives:

Humboldt Universität Universitätsarchiv, Berlin.
Max Planck Society, Berlin.
Staatsbibliothek, Berlin.

Universität Bern, Bern.

Landesbibliothek, Bonn.
Universitätsbibliothek, Bonn.

Harvard University Archives, Cambridge, MA.

Landesarchiv Nordrhein-Westfalen, Duisburg.

Max Planck Institut, Frankfurt.

Albert Ludwig Universitätsarchiv, Freiburg.

Universitätsarchiv, Graz.

Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek, Göttingen.

Karl Ruprechts Universität, Heidelberg.

Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde, Leipzig.
Universitätsarchiv, Leipzig.

Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Marbach am Neckar.

Staatsbibliothek, München.
Universitätsarchiv, München.
Universitätsbibliothek, München.

Institut für Römisches Recht, Münster.

Columbia University Archives, New York.
The New School, New York.
Rockefeller Foundation, New York.

Bodleian, Oxford.
Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Università degli Studi, Palermo.

Universitätsarchiv, Tübingen.

Staatsarchiv, Wien.

Collection of Professor Wolfgang Ernst, Zürich.