Today, the designation Archive of Everyday Cultures encompasses the Institute’s many disparate collections, some of which go back to the 1930s. They include everyday objects of regional life, political insignia, certificates, books and popular press, clothing, masks and wall decorations, postcards and advertising images, toys and movies, photos and albums, autobiographical texts and files, but also slide projectors, computers, and Institute furniture. The Archive also includes divisions such as the photo archive, slide library, newspaper archive, narrative archive, and the archive of former exhibition and study projects. The collections reflect the metamorphoses through which the subject’s topics have gone.
Since the end of the 1960s, the collection of traditional folklore (traditional objects, house models, traditional clothing, potters’ objects) has been expanded in a targeted manner to include products of popular culture and to focus on everyday life.
The Archive’s primary purpose is to assist teaching and research at the Institute, but it also loans objects to temporary exhibitions and is open for visitors from outside the university.