Signing of the Foundation's Article of Agreement on March 26, 2010. From left: Klaus Wowereit, Walter Momper, Edzard Reuter, and Professor Uwe Schaper. Photo: Thomas Platow, LAB.


The Ernst Reuter Archives Foundation is a rather young institution. On March 26, 2010, the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit; Edzard Reuter (honorary citizen of Berlin), and Professor Uwe Schaper (Director of the Berlin State Archives) signed the agreement in the Berlin Town Hall to found our institution.

The Foundation's work focus is to explore the life and work of Ernst Reuter, the first Governing Mayor of Berlin, and of his son, Edzard Reuter, who has rendered outstanding services to Berlin. In addition, the Foundation contributes to the academic research of Berlin's and Germany's history in the Twentieth Century. Here, our main focus is on contemporary history from 1945 until the present day.

The Ernst Reuter Archives Foundation is non-partisan and does not have legal capacity but is connected to its trustee, the Landesarchiv Berlin (Berlin State Archives). The Foundation benefits from this unique relationship in many ways - above all in the realization of research projects.

The Foundation is supported by the Federal State of Berlin.

The Foundation's non-profit status was confirmed by the Finanzamt für Körperschaften (Revenue Office for Corporations) on June 28, 2012.