Subject to hygiene measures, the reading room of the archives is opened for you since 19 May during regular opening hours.
Update (19 July): We must ask you to observe a few rules for registering and staying in the archive. The opening concept of the archives is based on the hygiene framework concept (10.06.2021) for cultural institutions in the state of Berlin. Please note the following regulations:
Use of the archive is only possible with advance notification, at least two working days before the intended visit. The number of users in the reading is limited. For new registrations, please send an e-mail to the following adress: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please register with the date and expected time of your visit, even if documents have already been provided for you.
Wearing an medical mask in the corridors and in the reading room, except at the workplace, is compulsory. Please respect the 1.5m-distance to other users. A Covid test is not compulsory for admission to the archive.
The room is aired regularly. Before each use, the corresponding work surface at the user's workplace will be cleaned.
We look forward to welcoming you back as users.
The Max Planck Society’s Archives in Berlin-Dahlem were established in 1975 in order to safeguard the files of the Kaiser Wilhelm / Max Planck Societies for the Advancement of Science (mainly files, photographs, audio records and film) in one central place and to make them accessible to users (currently approx. 6.000 metres of shelf space).
Our collection focuses on the personal papers of outstanding personalities who conducted research at either the Kaiser Wilhelm Society or the Max Planck Society. These include Nobel laureates Carl Bosch, Walther Bothe, Adolf Butenandt, Paul J. Crutzen, Peter Debye, Gerhard Ertl, Fritz Haber,
Otto Hahn, Werner Heisenberg, Georges Köhler, Richard Kuhn, Max von Laue, Feodor Lynen, Ernst Ruska, Bert Sakmann and Otto Warburg, supplemented by collections on Albert Einstein, Fritz Haber and Max Planck, among others.
In addition, the library of the Archives contains scholarly literature on the twentieth-century history of science (40,100 volumes, 150 subscriptions to journals, literature without clearly identifiable authors, 200,000 special editions).
Archives of the Max Planck Society
Telephone: (030) 8413-3701
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Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Use of the Archives only possible by prior registration