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Universitätsbibliothek Mainz

Mainz Publishing Archive

The Publishing Archive was founded in 2009 by Prof. Dr. Stephan Füssel, head of the former Department of Book Studies and has been part of the University Library, Archives, Heritage, and Special Collections since 2022.

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Thomas Hartmann

Mainz Publishing Archive offers insights into the workings of publishers focusing on paperback, encyclopedias, non-fiction, children’s books, and left-wing literature since the 1950s. The most important holdings come from publishing houses Rowohlt, Rotbuch, Europäische Verlagsanstalt, weissbooks.w, and Faksimile Verlag.

The archive can be used to research the influence of major publishing houses which have shaped the social and political reality of Germany since the second half of the 20th century. Hence, the stored documents are very diverse: Author-publisher correspondences, manuscripts, cover drafts, advertising materials, etc.

Students work with archival materials both in courses and for their theses, but researchers from Germany and abroad visit the archive, too.

The collection currently comprises about 15,000 specimen copies of publications (books and magazines, video and audio cassettes) and 10,500 archival units of documents.


University Library, Archives, Heritage, and Special Collections:

Mainz Publishing Archive
Mainz Publishing Archive