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Records collection of the Historical Image and Document Collections

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The records holdings of the Historical Image and Document Collections include (among other things) administrative files, correspondence, documents on staff matters, acquisition of collections, and collecting expeditions since 1810.

Following the provenance principle, the records holding's organisation is based on where a document originated. Historically, there were three main branches: Zoology (main part of the collection), Mineralogy and Paleontology. Over time, the internal structures shifted and were sometimes renamed. Here you can find two overviews over the ever-changing structures, the first ordered chronologically, the second thematically:

Some files connected to notable individuals are not considered estates and can therefore be found among the general record holdings as well. Among others, these are people connected with the MfN which can be found in our record holdings:

Correspondences with individuals:

  • Hermann Burmeister (1807-1892)
  • Adelbert von Chamisso (1782-1838)
  • Wilhelm Friedrich Adolf Gerresheim (1742-1814)
  • Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919)
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Hemprich (1796-1825)
  • Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859)
  • Martin Heinrich Klaproth (1743-1817)
  • Hermann Julius Kolbe (1845-1930)
  • Martin Hinrich Lichtenstein (1780-1857)
  • Ignaz von Olfers (1793-1871)
  • Rudolf Amandus Philippi (1808-1904)
  • Ernst Schäfer (1910-1992)
  • Ernst Friedrich von Schlotheim (1764-1832)
  • Richard und Robert Schomburgk
  • Friedrich Sellow (1789-1831)
  • Georg August Zenker (1855–1922)

Correspondences with institutions:

  • Firma Umlauff, Berlin
  • Märkisches Museum Berlin
  • Naturalienhandel von Václav Frič (Prag)
  • Zoologischer Garten Berlin

Correspondences by employees of the Museum für Naturkunde:

  • Renate Angermann (1937-)
  • Manfred Barthel (1934-2019)
  • Heinrich Ernst Beyrich (1815-1896)
  • Wilhelm von Branca (1844-1928)
  • August Brauer (1863-1917)
  • Serge von Bubnoff (1888-1957)
  • Rudolf Daber (1929-)
  • Kurt Deckert (1907-1987)
  • Kurt Diebel (1915-1981)
  • Wolfgang Freydank
  • Ursula Göllner-Scheiding (1922-2016)
  • Walther Gothan (1879-1954)
  • Walter Gross (1903-1974)
  • Gerhard Hartwich
  • Herbert-Lothar Heck (1904-1967)
  • Wolf Dieter Heinrich (1944-)
  • Fritz Hieke (1930-2015)
  • Johann Karl Wilhelm Illiger (1775-1813)
  • Otto Jaeckel (1863-1929)
  • Hermann Jaeger (1929-1992)
  • Werner Janensch (1878-1969)
  • Alfred Kaestner (1901-1971)
  • Christine Karrer
  • Willi Kleber (1906-1970)
  • Eduard von Martens (1831-1904)
  • Paul Matschie (1861-1926)
  • Gottfried Mauersberger
  • Wolfram Mey
  • Hans-Joachim Paepke (1934-)
  • Günther Peters (1932-)
  • Wilhelm Peters (1815-1883)
  • Hermann Pohle (1892-1982)
  • Josef Felix Pompecki (1867-1930)
  • Anton Reichenow (1847-1941)
  • Hans-Peter Schultze (1937-)
  • Konrad Senglaub (1926-2016) (gesperrt bis 31.12.2026)
  • Burkhard Stephan (1932-)
  • Erwin Stresemann (1889-1972)
  • Johannes Thiele (1860-1935)
  • Klaus Zimmermann (1894-1967)

The files of further notable individuals such as Alfred Keller, Karl Kastner, Ilse Jahn, Karl August Möbius, Willy Kükenthal, Friedrich Dahl, Walther Arndt, Wilhelm Otto Dietrich, Walter Gross and Ernst Ahl can be found in the estates holdings of the Historical Document and Image Collections.