About the collections

Here you can find 137 digitised collections, comprising more than 900,000 digitised objects (archives, books, brochures, leaflets, photographs, posters, prints, cartoons, sound, films and videos). Most collections are European. Together, they document more than 200 years of history: from the French Revolution and the beginnings of democracy and the labour movement in Europe, to the fall of the Eastern Bloc and the rise of new networked social movements.

The collections are held by fifteen specialized archives and libraries in ten different European countries. They are geographically scattered, but thematically related, or even complimentary, as the heritage of social and labour movements has often been dispersed by political circumstances.

The fifteen institutions presenting their collections here are cooperating within the International Association of Labour History Institutions (IALHI). More collections will be added, and more institutions are invited to participate. If you would like to participate, contact us at info@socialhistoryportal.org.

The digital European collections are also available in Europeana, Europe’s multilingual digital library, museum and archive.