SPD. Reichstagsfraktion Archives

Period  1898-1920
Total size   0.12 m.
Consultation Not restricted

Biography or History

The Allgemeine Deutsche Arbeiterverein (ADAV) founded in 1863 and the Sozialdemokratische Arbeiterpartei Deutschlands (SDAP) founded in 1869 were both represented in the German Reichstag, when the parties merged into the Sozialistische Arbeiterpartei Deutschlands (SAPD) in 1875; during the `Sozialistengesetz' 1878-1890 the `Fraktion' acted as legal governing body of the banned party; renamed Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands in 1890, the party sent the strongest single parliamentary delegation to the Reichstag in 1912; in 1916 the delegation split over its involvement in the German war efforts, the opposing minority organizing itself separately (see Unabhängige Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands, USPD), lasting until 1922; participated in governments of the Weimar Republic 1918-1923 and 1928-1930; together with the party suppressed by the Nazi government on 22 June 1933.


Minutes of the meetings of the representatives of the SPD in the Reichstag 1898-1920.

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.

Processing information

Inventory bij Johannes Beermann in 2010

Alternate Form of Material

Security microfilms 1980.