Archive for Christian-Democratic Policy
Archive for Christian-Democratic Policy (ACDP)
The Archive for Christian-Democratic Policy (ACDP) has the task of documenting and researching Christian Democracy’s historical development. The Historical Archive, Library and Documentation departments form a centre of information and communication which through its services for political education and research contributes to the propagation of historico-political awareness. It is the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s central contact-point – accessible to everyone – in the field of contemporary history.
The ACDP is in charge of the records of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU), its leading representatives, committees and organisations. It also collects records and other documentation of the Christian precursor parties and of the parties that have merged with the CDU. By taking over the archive and library of the East German CDU in 1990 the ACDP has assumed a significant role in researching the GDR’s history. Moreover the records of the international Christian democratic parties, especially the European confederations, are also collected as they arise.
At present the archive collection runs to 16,000 metres of files as well as extensive stocks of photographs, posters and audio-visual material. In addition to the historical archive a documentation which collects news and commentaries from the print media and television as well as publications by state institutions, political parties, organisations and the churches is at the user’s disposal. A specialised research and reference library is also available with about 176,000 titles on politics and contemporary history.
With its double function as archive and research institution, the ACDP provides a constantly broadening memory capacity for Christian democracy and contributes as a store of learning both to the creation of identity and orientation and to the propagation of historico-political awareness in our society. Hence the ACDP’s publication strategy combines academic and editorial articles with books and brochures which serve the presentation of academic research for public, media and educational work. In addition the ACDP supports the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s politico-educational mission with its own exhibitions, conferences and series of events such as the “Colloquy on the Kohl era” which has been taking place since 2000.
Hanns Jürgen Küsters
Hanns Jürgen Küsters
Phone +49 2241 246-2240
Fax +49 2241 246-2669