Institute of Historical and Cultural Anthropology

Narrative archive

The narrative archive serves to record popular writing culture. Established at the beginning of the 1980s, and continually expanded since then, it now contains a wealth of manuscripts and materials, most of which were written by older occasional authors. The collected texts, whose formal spectrum ranges from autobiographical narratives, short stories, poems and scenic dialogues to diary transcripts or wedding speeches, deal with a wide variety of contents - within this diversity, however, childhood memories and descriptions of war experiences dominate. Since some of the writings were supplemented by supplements such as personal documents, letters or photographs, the narrative archive stores the past on several levels and thus offers rich opportunities to gain insights into the authors' world.