Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut
Preussischer Kulturbesitz

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Papers and manuscripts

The Ibero-American Institute (IAI) houses 324 collections of papers and manuscripts of varying sizes, containing a range of materials, such as manuscripts, letters, postcards, telegrams, diaries, notebooks, invoices, letters of reference, photographs, archaeological plans and personal objects. Many of the items once belonged to German explorers and academics who researched and studied various topics related to Latin America. The majority of the material dates back to the first half of the 20th century. The image collections from the papers and manuscripts, whose importance for research in numerous disciplines has increased enormously, are listed in the IAI's Image Archive.

For more information on the papers and manuscripts, please click on the list in the left-hand column. It is also possible to search by keyword.

Thanks to the support of the German Research Foundation (DFG), over the last few years the IAI was able to formally index and catalog the papers of the political scientist Wolfgang Hirsch-Weber (1920-2004), the physical anthropologist and ethnologist Robert Lehmann-Nitsche (1872-1938), and the archaeologist Max Uhle (1856-1944). These materials can now be accessed in the online catalog.

Papers and Manuscripts in the Digital Collections IAI

Terms of use

The papers and manuscripts may only be viewed in the reading room of the Ibero-American Institute (IAI). To view the collections, please complete the application form.

Upon written request, reproductions can be made for scientific purposes. However, this is only possible for materials for which the IAI holds the copyright or which are in the public domain. Likewise, there must be no reasons of preservation to prevent this.


Consultation hours:

Monday 2 p.m. - 4 p.m

Tuesday 10 a.m. - 12 noon

Wednesday: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. (virtually)

Thursday, Friday: 10 a.m. - 12 noon

Contacts:Toni Matzdorf
Dr. Gregor Wolff (Department Head)
Telephone:Toni Matzdorf, Tel.: +49 30 266 453110
Dr. Gregor Wolff, Tel.: +49 30 266 45 3100

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