Institute for Newspaper Research

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The Institute for Newspaper Research in Dortmund , founded in 1926, has one of the largest collections of historical and current newspapers , specialist and general-interest magazines - around 150 current titles from Germany and abroad - in Germany as well as special collections of media history and an extensive specialist library on the subject of journalism and mass communication. Dortmund's oldest scientific institute is an important research institution in the history of media and communication.

The specialist library on media and communication history and subject areas related to the press, journalism and mass communication is public, can be used on site and via interlibrary loan. The ZIMP specialist database contains relevant articles from selected daily and weekly newspapers as well as specialist journals on the institute's core topics.

A large part of the holdings - especially newspapers and magazines - is secured on microfilm in the long term and sent to home and abroad via interlibrary loan. In the context of the UrhWissG, this is of great importance for research and for all other interested groups of people.

The institute has archived more than 90 personal papers from people who have worked in journalism. The stock is constantly being expanded to include bequests and bequests. Extensive special collections of pamphlets , posters , political caricatures and early prints have survived in the original.

The annual, internationally attended symposia address central topics and questions of communication science research. The conferences offer the opportunity to shed light on current research questions in their historical dimension and link the perspectives from theory and practice. The institute publishes the series of publications on newspaper research from Dortmund as well as individual publications and has dealt with research into the press during National Socialism and the exile press.

Interested students in history, political science, journalism, journalism, communication studies and other subjects as well as trainees (FaMI) are offered the opportunity to do an internship.


The institute goes back to the newspaper collection of the Dortmund City Library under its former director Erich Schulz, initiated by newspaper scholar Karl d'Ester . The institute was founded on May 14, 1926 as the Westphalian-Lower Rhine Institute for Newspaper Research, a department of the city library (headed by Erich Schulz), by the Lower Rhine-Westphalian Newspaper Publishers Association, the City of Dortmund and the University of Münster with the aim of creating the new " Newspaper Studies ”to compile an extensive corpus of sources. Today the institute is an independent institution in the libraries division of the cultural operations in Dortmund.


  • Astrid Blome: Press historical and current. Introduced: The Institute for Newspaper Research. In: BuB. Library and Information Forum, Vol. 72, 2020, pp. 188–193.
  • Hans Bohrmann: From newspaper collection to research institute. The first five decades of the Institute for Newspaper Research. 1926 to 1977. In: Astrid Blome (Ed.): 90 Years Institute for Newspaper Research. Review and Outlook, Essen: Klartext 2016, pp. 11–46. ISBN 978-3-8375-1695-1 .

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