The collection consists of 100 000 objects and is divided into the following main areas:
- Wehnert Beckmann estate: 83 daguerreotypes, 3500 glass negatives and a representative cross-section of prints, 1843-1885 Hermann Walter estate: 3400 mainly large-format glass negatives featuring Leipzig’s architecture, 1870-1930
- 220 original negative plates by Hermann Vogel, high quality pictures of Leipzig’s architectural monuments around 1900
- 120 original negative plates by Adolf Deininger (genre pictures, cityscape) around 1900
- 27,000 original images of the cityscape 1860-1980, mainly architecture and cultural history
- 20,000 postcards from all areas of the city’s history, 1870-1990
- 1,200 images of the ruined city by Heinz Kröbel took, 1943-1945 (taken immediately after the attacks)
- Johannes Widmann estate: 1,877 negatives of Leipzig’s cityscape from 1935 to 1960, focusing on the destroyed city and how it was rebuilt.
- Collection from the old History of the Labour Movement Museum: 15,000 pictures focussing on the history of social movements, extensive portrait stock 1945-1950
- Collection of “Department 1945 to the Present”: 11,000 positives on Leipzig’s history during the Soviet Occupation Zone (SBZ) and the GDR
- A particular highlight is provided by 330 images of the events of the “Leipziger Herbst,” Autumn 1989
- Joachim Petri Purchase: 1,600 black & white and colour negatives featuring items from our collections; 7,000 large-format slides from all eras of Leipzig’s history, the suburbs of Reudnitz, Schönefeld und Mockau are particularly well represented (1890-1930).
- Fight collection (Kämpfe): 900 slides of motifs by Hermann Walter and other Leipzig photographers. 1880-1910
- 9,500 negatives in 9 x 12 cm format showing items in the collections and the cityscape
- 12,000 prints from the collection of the Georgi-Dimitroff-Museum showing the history of the burning of the Reichstag in 1933 and the communist resistance 1933-1945
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Fax: 0341/9 65 13 52
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