The Picture Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

The Picture Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Bavarian State Library) comprises at the moment c.2.2 mio images. The greatest part of these are photos of a predominantly documentary character. The archive, therefore counts among the greatest collections of its kind within a public institution situated in a German-speaking country.

The Picture Archive was founded around 1985 at first as a collection of portraits, in which portraits from the most diverse parts of the library were gathered together. The collection was greatly expanded by the acquisitions of the photo archives of Felicitas Timpe, Heinrich Hoffmann, Bernhard Johannes, Georg Fruhstorfer and Dieter Lorenz – financed in part with the support of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation).

The emphasis of the collection is on:

  • Bavaria: personages, buildings, places, landscapes, historical and cultural events, Ethnography,
  • The Weimar Republic, Third Reich, Post-War Period,
  • Portraits and prospects from the fields of music, Orient/Asia and Eastern Europe, complementing the respective special collections.

On bavarikon 80,000 digitised images from the substantial holdings of the picture archive, from the collection of portraits and prospects as well from the photo archives by Felicitas Timpe, Bernhard Johannes, Georg Fruhstorfer, Tino Walz and Johann Vorzellner are searchable.

The collections of the Picture Archive continue to be expanded and are updated once a year on bavarikon.

Departments in the collection "Picture Archive" of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek