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The Archive

The University of Osnabrück‘s Historical Picture Postcards Archive was established in 2010 with the donation of Prof. Dr. Sabine Giesbrecht‘s collection to the University Foundation of Osnabrück. Through further donations from Prof. Giesbrecht and gifts from other collectors, our holdings have grown to over 20.000 historical picture postcards and motif cards.

The collection is kept in the Osnabrück University library. Researchers can view our holdings on the archive premises by appointment. Since 2001, however, the collection has also been continuously digitised and presented on the internet to researchers and interested members of the public. We are currently working on a new, up-to-date database and in-depth indexing of our holdings.

A detailed presentation and description of our holdings can be found here.

We could only begin and continue our projects with the generous support of various sponsors. Information about our sponsors and cooperation partners can be found here.

Over the past years, many colleagues and students have worked at the archive. If you would like to get to know our team and are looking for specific contacts, click here.