Collections

Archive and library of Erik Amburger
The historian and genealogist Erik Amburger (1907-2001) left behind beside a person´s register with more than 100,000 entries also a genealogic register with 3,000 entries as well as an extensive library.
Archive

Library of Irene Grüning
Irene Grüning (1900-1955) was born in St. Petersburg and emigrated after the revolution in 1917 to Berlin, where she was an assistant of Otto Hoetzsch. After the Second World War, she taught at the University of Munich. 1956. Her library, acquired in 1956 by the Institute for Eastern European Studies includes 500 volumes mainly on Russian history.

Library of Gerasimos Kaklamanis
Gerasimos Kaklamanis (1940-2003) was born in Greece on the Ionian island of Lefkada and spent most of his life in France and Germany. He studied mathematics, philosophy and history in Athens and Paris. Throughout his life he worked as a freelance writer. His literary work consists of 7 books in Greek language. The book 'I Anatoliki Mesogeios Os Europaiki Istoria' (Tomos 1) may be regarded as his most important work.
The quintessence of his scientific and political work was to advert to the special importance of the Mediterranean as a bridge between Europe and the Middle East by means of his publications. Critically and analytically, he has scrutinized the interrelations in this area and their implications for world politics in the past, present and future. Like many Greek intellectuals Kaklamanis spent most of his life abroad, because he was often in opposition to the prevailing politics in his home country.
His literary activity was the reason for him to build up within 40 years an extensive private library with about 5,000 books, which deals mainly with the Mediterranean region. The library consists of 60% books in German, 30% in Greek and 10% in French language.

Library of Hans Koch
Hans Koch (1894-1959) was from 1952 to 1959 the first director of the Institute for Eastern European Studies in Munich. The historian and theologian, born in Lviv, was a professor in Breslau and Königsberg. During the Second World War he worked for the German authorities in the Ukraine. His library with 1,400 volumes (including 1,000 books and 400 brochures collected in bundles on all the regions of Eastern and Southeastern Europe) was acquired by the Institute for Eastern European Studies in 1960. Among the materials are documents on the history of Eastern Europe Institute in Wroclaw and on the Prehistory and history of the Institute for Eastern European Studies in Munich from the founding until 1959. In addition may be found documents relating to his activities in Königsberg, Breslau, and Vienna.

Library of Carl Patsch
The scholar Carl Patsch (1865-1945) initially worked in Sarajevo, where he founded the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Institute for Balkan Research in 1904. In 1921 he followed Konstantin Josef Jirečeks at the University of Vienna. In his library acquired by the Institute for South East European Studies in 1956 (1,400 volumes) we find mainly literature on the western part of the Balkan Peninsula.

Library of Franz von Scheiger
In 1962, the Library of the Institute for South East European Studies (today Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies) acquired 500 volumes out of the donation of the engineer and diplomat Franz von Scheiger (1891-1960). The focus of his collection was on the history of Albania and its neighbouring states. Furthermore, the library includs numismatic literature.

Library of Friedrich-Christian Schroeder
Friedrich Christian Schroeder (born 1936) has collected books on the laws of the Soviet Union since his studies in Berlin (1955-1957). After his appointment to a chair for Criminal Law, Criminal Law and Eastern European Law at the University of Regensburg and as the Director of the Institute for Ostrecht 1973, he extended this collection. His focus was on state and legal theory, the criminal and criminal procedural law and the law on the judicial system. In addition, he acquired parts of periodicals from provincial institutes. 2008, he passed much of his holdings to the Institute for Eastern European Law.

Library of Fritz Valjavec
Fritz Valjavec (1909-1960) has worked since 1935 at the Institute for South East European Studies, which he headed from 1955 until his death. He left his imprints at the history of the South East Institute as well as at the Research on Southeastern Europe in general. He has founded the Southeast Europe Association (SOG) and the journal "Südost-Forschungen". During the Second World War he worked undercover in the Bukowina. His library (2,300 volumes) reflects the work of his scholarly life. It covers the history of the countries of the Habsburg monarchy, with particular emphasis on the German population.