ASSITEJ International Archives

Bild © Andrea Vollmer, Berlin

In 1990 the Children and Youth Theatre Centre in Frankfurt am Main established the ASSITEJ International Archives as an important part of its special collection in this field. On one hand the documents were contributed by the General Secretary of the ASSITEJ, first in retrospective and later at the end of each period. This supply consists of copies of the correspondence, of reports and prints for public relations since 1965. On the other hand each member of the ASSITEJ provides the Centre with reports and numerous programs of the theatres in each country. In addition the archive holds the documents with reference to the Honorary Presidents Award. Together with the original documents and printed matters there are several photographs and audiovisual media linked to the archive. And nowadays the digital versions of documents have started to come in.

Cultural repertory and International Politics

With the Centre the ASSITEJ International Archives are situated in Frankfurt am Main. In these comfortable surroundings the holdings are organised in three sections: The Archive of the General Secretary (in classified order), the Archive of the National Centres and the Archive of the International Theatres (in alphabetical resp. geografical order). Since the fall of the wall the two german organisations merged to form the ASSITEJ of the Federal Republic of Germany and the bureau in Berlin was turned into an office of the Centre. In the following years the collection of this bureau was developed into the Archive of the Children and Youth Theatre in the GDR (1946-1990). Just like the collection in Frankfurt this archive contains not only the programs of the theatres but also prove the vital role of the german representatives for the development of the ASSITEJ international.

For visitors the collection in Frankfurt am Main is open every day from Monday to Friday. For an effective research it is recommended to get in touch before. The staff can give some advice beforehand and can confirm the necessary appointment for the visit. In advance or instead of a visit the Centre also can perform a limited search but can't take over a full research. Due to the renovation of the site in Berlin this archive is temporarily closed and visits are restricted to special arrangements. We hope to transfer this archive to Frankfurt and to provide a proper access in the near future. Furthermore we are working on a documentation of the history of the ASSITEJ International. The planned version for the web will extend the exhibition we presented within the ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering in spring 2015 in Berlin.

For further information please contact the scientific documentalist of the Centre:
Dr. Jürgen Kirschner

To read on: Nat Eek: The History of ASSITEJ. 3 vol. Santa Fe (USA): Sunstone Press 2008-2014;
ASSITEJ International Award for Artistic Excellence – the Honorary President’s Award 1996 – 2005. Frankfurt: KJTZ 2008 (PDF); – the official website of the international organisation with informations about the structure and debates of ASSITEJ