Reichskulturkammer: Generalkartei (Reich Chamber of Culture: General index) microfilm

Scope and Content

A microfilm copy of the central registry of membership of the Reichskulturkammer (RKK), 1930s-1940s, arranged alphabetically by individual surname. Originally maintained by the personnel section of the RKK, index cards have been supplemented by entries made by Allied occupation authorities. For each individual, one or more cards provide: name and address, birthdate and place, profession, RKK membership data and notations regarding political reliability and racial background. Also included in some instances are annotations from the Allied occupation authorities on denazification proceedings and artists' acceptibility for post war performances.

Administrative / Biographical History

Established by law in 1933, the Reichskulturkammer (RKK) was created to enable the Reichsministerium fuer Volksaufklaerung und Propaganda (RMfVP)(Reich Ministry for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda) to control virtually all aspects of organised cultural life in Germany. The RKK was closely linked to the RMfVP under Joseph Goebbels, who also served as president of the RKK. The card index relates to some 185,000 members and applicants of the RKK and its affiliated organisations, including staff members of the RMfVP. For those whose livelihood derived from the arts, membership was compulsory in the RKK and its subordinate chambers of literature, music, film, theatre, radio, graphic arts and the press. Those denied membership were effectively prevented from practising their profession.


Alphabetical by surname of individual.

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Other Finding Aids

Wiener Library reading room

Alternative Form Available

National Archives and Records Administration, USA.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements


Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Howard Falksohn.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies can be made for personal use. Permission must be sought for publication.

Custodial History

The archives of the Reichskulturkammer became part of the Berlin Document Center, which was an artificial collection comprising material captured by the US army at the end of the Second World War, subsequently microfilmed and repatriated to the German Federal Archives.

Location of Originals

Bundesarchiv, Germany.

Corporate Names

Geographical Names