The “Collection of Biographical Records” compiles written testimonies in order to utilise them as historical and cultural resources. The archive, initiated and founded by social historian Michael Mitterauer, is housed by the Department of Social and Economic History at the University of Vienna. Thus far, the manuscripts have remained predominantly unpublished and could be described as “popular autobiographical documents”. Stemming from more than 3,000 individuals from 1750 up to the present day, the “Collection of Biographical Records” is one of the most comprehensive Collections of auto/biographical materials in the German-speaking countries.
The collected documents await all interested parties who wish to utilise them for research, education, teaching and cultural projects at the documentation centre. The only requirements are a succinct description of the research or other interest and responsible handling of the personal documents entrusted.
Selected texts from the collection are constantly being published in the series “Lest We Forget...” [orig. Germ. “Damit es nicht verlorengeht...”], at Vienna’s Böhlau Publishing House. -- Index-Folder --
Alongside the University of Vienna, carrier of this facility is the association bearing the same name of “Collection of Biographical Records” [orig. Germ.: “Dokumentation lebensge-schichtlicher Aufzeichnungen”]. The association undertakes to animate senior citizens to autobiographical reflection and occasionally support them in their writing efforts. Furthermore, the association strives to enhance the status of senior citizens in society and to promote dialogue between the older and the younger generations, while also fostering experience-sharing between parties involved in biographically orientated projects within various realms of society (university, school, museums, social work and social gerontology, libraries, art, theatre, regional development, etc.).
Since July 2009, these intermediation processes have had the benefit of a dedicated Internet platform: PeopleWriteHistory [orig. Germ.: “MenschenSchreibenGeschichte”].
“Collection of Biographical Records” [“Dokumentation lebensge-schichtlicher Aufzeichnungen]
Department of Social and Economic History [Institut f. Wirtschafts- u. Sozialgeschichte]
University of Vienna [Universität Wien],
Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna
Contact: Günter Müller, M. A.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a. m. – 1 p. m.