About the Collection

Since 1990, DOMiD has been collecting objects and documents, which reflect the social, cultural and everyday history of immigration to Germany. The focus of our collection is the period after the first labor recruitment agreement (1955). Presently, our holdings comprise over 70,000 books, pieces of gray literature, newspapers, magazines, official documents, photographs, films, audio recordings, flyers and posters, as well as three-dimensional objects. DOMiD is a member of both the Association of Cologne Archivists (Arbeitskreis der Kölner Archivarinnen und Archivare) and the Association of German Archivists (Verband deutscher Archivarinnen und Archivare).


Foto: Dietrich Hackenberg


What Makes our Collection Unique

The exceptional thing about our collection is that – in contrast to public archives – it has grown "from the bottom up." Because of this, we boast an inventory of migrants' everyday objects that is unparalleled in Europe. At the same time, it has been our goal from the beginning to present migration history to a broad audience. Our archive was therefore planned and developed so that our collection can easily be utilized for exhibitions.

Trust as the Basis of our Collection

Trust is fundamental. DOMiD was founded by migrants. Our team knows how sensitive personal memories are. For that reason, we cultivate close relationships with our lenders. Objects from private individuals and institutions, some donated and some on loan, are the foundation of DOMiD's archive.

If you have materials related to migration history that you'd like to permanently conserve, we would be glad to help. Please feel free to contact us.


Photo: Dietrich Hackenberg