Eduard Bernstein Papers

Biographical / Historical Note

Eduard Bernstein; born in Berlin 1850, died in Berlin 1932; social democratic politician and theorist; joined the social democrats in 1872; lived in exile in Zurich and London 1878-1901; editor of Der Sozialdemokrat 1881-1890; proposed a revision of the Marxian theory in a series of articles entitled `Probleme des Sozialismus', published in Die Neue Zeit 1896-1898, and his book Die Voraussetzungen des Sozialismus und die Aufgaben der Sozialdemokratie 1899; member of the Reichstag from 1902-1907, 1912-1918; became member of the Unabhängige Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (USPD) in 1917; returned to the Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (SPD) in 1919; again member of the Reichstag from 1920-1928.

Acquisition

These papers were originally part of the historical party-archives of the SPD. The IISH acquired this collection from the SPD in exile in 1938 with financial support of the Centrale Arbeiders-Verzekerings- en Deposito-Bank (the Centrale). The collection, including the papers of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, August Bebel, Eduard Bernstein, and Wilhelm Liebknecht, was mentioned in the Annual Report of 1938 (p. 37-42). The contract was signed 19 May 1938. The collection was mentioned in the Annual Report of 1937 (p.30, 39 ) and the Accrual in the Annual Report of 1938 (p.41, 45).

Arrangement

INHALTSVERZEICHNIS

A. Manuskripte von Eduard Bernstein......................................... A 1-152

B. Manuskripte von Dritten............................................................ B 1-106

C. Briefe von Eduard Bernstein.................................................... C 1-50

D. Briefe an Eduard Bernstein...................................................... D 1-859

E. Notizen und Entwürfe zu Vorträgen, Artikeln usw................... E 1-217

F. Exzerpte von Eduard Bernstein................................................ F 1-71

G. Drucksachen (Artikel, Flugblätter, Korrekturfahnen)............... G 1-590

H. Dokumente und Urkunden....................................................... H 1-29

K. Satzungen und Protokolle......................................................... K 1-9

L. Varia.............................................................................................. L 1-8

M. Dossier 'Bund Neues Vaterland'.............................................. M 1-23

N. Dossier 'Görlitzer Programm' und 'Heidelberger Programm'... N 1-15

Content

Personal documents including some official records, contracts with publishing houses and financial documents; correspondence with Simon Alapin 1916-1921, Lujo Brentano 1912-1914, Friedrich Otto Hertz 1899-1903, Karl Höchberg 1878-1884, Franz Mehring 1889-1914, the editorial staff of Vorwärts 1903-1931, cousin Johanna Meyer 1919-1930 and other members of his family 1880-1931 and n.d., and others; manuscripts, drafts of speeches and lectures, notes and excerpts; proceedings; files on the Bund Neues Vaterland 1915 and the Görlitzer Programm 1921; manuscripts by others; statutes, proofs, pamphlets and press clippings.

Processing Information

Inventory by Horst Lademacher in 1958; updated with supplement and additional corrections by Ursula Balzer in 2010; revised for purposes of digitization by Eva van Oene in 2015.

Alternative Form of Material

Complete Papers digitized as part of the Centrale Project 2012-2016. Security microfilms 1979.