Digital History

The GHI’s digital history program operates at the crossroads of multiple disciplines and professions. One overarching goal is to forge links between seemingly disparate communities and pursuits: digital historians and “book” historians; projects informed by public history concerns versus those motivated by research objectives; and research and academic teaching. In addition to its own digital history projects – German History in Documents and Images, German History Intersections, and German Heritage in Letters – the GHI collaborates with partner institutions across Europe and North America in exchange and networking initiatives to support the development of digital tools and methodologies for historical research.

Photo Credit: Bonus Division, ca. 1909-1932. National Photo Company, Library of Congress.



German Heritage in Letters

German Heritage in Letters is a project to create a digital collection of German-language correspondence currently held in private hands, by archives, by special collection libraries, museums, and other institutions.

German History in Documents and Images (GHDI)

GHDI is a comprehensive collection of primary source materials documenting Germany's political, social, and cultural history from 1500 to the present.

German History Intersections

The German History Intersections project is a transatlantic initiative that will begin by examining three broad themes – German identity; migration; and knowledge and education – over as many as five centuries.

Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present

Collaborative research project (2010-2016) that explores the entrepreneurial and economic capacity of immigrants by investigating the German-American example in the United States.

Transatlantic Perspectives: Europe in the Eyes of European Immigrants to the United States, 1930-1980

A four year research project (2010-2014) that explores the role of European migrants in transatlantic exchange processes during the mid-twentieth century.

Events & Conferences

Sep 17, 2021

Discussing the Seven Seas of DH – A Global Fishbowl

Online Event (Zoom) | Organized by the Working Group Digital Humanities of the Max Weber Foundation

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Dec 09, 2021

Datafication in the Historical Humanities: Reconsidering Traditional Understandings of Sources and Data

International Conference and Workshop at GHI Washington | Conveners: German Historical Institute Washington in collaboration with Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH), Chair of Digital History at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Consortium Initiative NFDI4Memory, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, and Stanford University, Department of History

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Hartmut Berghoff & Richard Wetzell, eds.

German Historical Institute at 25

Bulletin Supplement 8 (2012)

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Latest News

New Publication

Spring 2021 Bulletin (68) published and available for download

The latest issue of the Bulletin is now available for download.

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Watch recording of our Panel Discussion "Reflecting on German Heritage in the United States in the 21st Century"

If you were unable to watch our Panel Discussion "Reflecting on German Heritage in the United States in the 21st Century" live, it is now available on…

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History of Migration

German Heritage in Letters wins prize from the National Genealogical Society

The institute project “German Heritage in Letters” has received an award from the National Genealogical Society for innovation in family history…

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Watch recording of our virtual panel discussion "Teaching German and Global History with Digital Sources"

If you were unable to watch our panel on "Teaching German and Global History with Digital Sources: Examples from Practice" live, it is now available…

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Event Report

Digital Hermeneutics: From Research to Dissemination

Conference report by Tim van der Heijden C2DH), Juliane Tatarinov C2DH), Gerben Zaagsma (C2DH)

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