Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10 am to 4 pm

Viewing of archive material in the library must be arranged in advance by phone or e-mail.

Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln / German Dance Archive Cologne
Im Mediapark 7, 50670 Köln 

Holders: SK Stiftung Kultur der Sparkasse KölnBonn and Stadt Köln, Kulturamt (City of Cologne, arts office) 
Phone: +49 221 888 95 400

The estate archives and collections of Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln are available to you free of charge for scientific, journalistic or private studies on site at the archive. However, the use of the inventories is subject to certain legal provisions and the archive’s terms of use.
Special services provided by Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln on behalf of its users are subject to archive fees.

  • Which copyrights are enacted by the archive directly?

    Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln also administers the copyrights of some choreographers and dancers, authors, photographers and visual artists directly and is the only body that can grant usage rights in this context.

    The choreographers and dancers in question are Valeska Gert, Dore Hoyer and Mary Wigman (see Mary Wigman Stiftung / Mary Wigman Foundation).

    In particular the (mainly) sole copyright for the work of the following photographers is held by Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln: Lili Altschul-Baruch, Alejandro Castro (dance only), Robert d'Hooghe (dance only), Dietmar Dünhöft, Karl Grill (dance only), Jörg Hintze, Gerhard Kowalewsky (dance only), Annelise Löffler, K. A. Petraschk (dance only), Hans Rama (dance only), Hans Robertson (up to 1933) as well as Gabriele and Matthias du Vinage (dance only).

    Usage rights for photographs and visual artworks are granted based on the fee table of copyright collective VG Bildkunst, Bonn.
    The copyrights of Siegfried Enkelmann and Charlotte Rudolph (and other famous photographers who are relevant within the area of dance, such as Hugo Erfurth and Albert Renger-Patzsch) are administered by VG Bildkunst and its international partner agencies.
    In the area of visual arts, in particular the copyrights of Arthur Grunenberg, Ernst Oppler and Anneliese Planken are held by Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln.

  • Which fees apply for using the archive?

    For copies of post-1950 journal articles and newspaper clippings a fee of €0.10 per A4 copy and €0.20 per A3 copy applies.
    We cannot photocopy pre-1950 journals and newspaper clippings due to conservation requirements.

    Due to conservation requirements we cannot copy pages from books!

    After receiving an order in writing from the user, Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln charges the following fees for copying and posting journal articles (if sufficient bibliographic details are submitted by the user and no further research is required):
    up to 10 copies: an administration fee of €3 plus copying and postage costs
    11–19 copies: an administration fee of €5 plus copying and postage costs
    20–29 copies: an administration fee of €10 plus copying and postage costs
    30–39 copies: an administration fee of €15 plus copying and postage costs

    For data output from the user's PC the following archive fees apply: on paper €0.25 per page (b&w) and €0.50 per page (in color).

    Digital copies of items will be prepared on request and charged on an individual basis – unless there are concerns with regard to copyright or conservation requirements.

    For using the research services of the German Dance Archive, the archive charges a set fee of €15 per half hour or part thereof of research per researched item plus postage and charges for copies (€0.10 / 0.20 per page) and/or database printouts (€0.25 or 0.50 per page) where applicable.

    Fees for other services on request.

    Prices exclude charges for postage and copying. Please note that the user must confirm the order and agree to the costs quoted by Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln in writing before the order can proceed. The results of the research and any associated photocopies are usually sent upon receipt of payment.

  • What do the terms of use of Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln stipulate? 

    The terms of use of Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln govern the relationship between the archive and its users. It sets out in detail the rules and regulations for using the archive and its inventory.

  • What do I need to consider when submitting a loan request?

    • Please understand that we want to ensure that, in addition to your concept in terms of the content, your planned presentation also complies with our requirements with regard to safety and conservation conditions. Please submit a relevant “facility report” on the museum and the exhibition.
    • Photographs and documents (letters, program leaflets etc.) usually leave our premises only when they are mounted and framed. Any costs incurred for framing and mounting the items by a third-party provider will be borne by the borrower.
    • Photographs and documents will only be released for presentation (e.g. in display cabinets or similar) in exceptional cases and after the conservation conditions have been verified. In those cases, the items in question must be presented on an acid-free surface and mounted by a professional restorer. A courier from our archive must be present when setting up and taking down the exhibition. Any travel and accommodation costs incurred as a result, including a daily allowance, will be borne by the borrower.
    • Three-dimensional exhibits (masks, costumes etc.) also only leave our premises after a concept of their presentation has been submitted to us, and we have checked and approved it. The items must be arranged for presentation and taken down by specialized staff (costume restorers etc.) and in the presence of one of the archive's couriers. Any travel and accommodation costs incurred as a result, including a daily allowance, will be borne by the borrower.
    • The borrower agrees to bear the “nail-to-nail” insurance costs as well as the costs for shipping the items by a specialized shipping company of our choice and/or packaging the items, in compliance with our terms and conditions subject to a loan contract in line with international standards. In addition, the borrower pays an administration fee to Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln for making available the loaned items (depending on the work involved).

    The borrower must declare that they accept these rules and regulations in advance and in writing. This declaration is binding.

  • What do I need to consider when using the archive?

    The collections of Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln are available to you free of charge for scientific, journalistic or private studies on site at the archive.
    For copies, photographs or other reproductions archive fees apply. Please see our list of fees for applicable charges. In particular in the case of photographs that are subject to copyright, it may be necessary to ask the copyright holder for their written permission to use the photograph and submit it to the archive before requesting a copy.
    Please see our terms of use and the relevant application and order forms for further information on using items from our collections. 
    It is mandatory to contact us and arrange a date and time in advance if you want to view estate archives and collections or use the film collection.
    It may be the case that the use of individual items is restricted or that they are temporarily unavailable due to conservation requirements etc. Please find out about the accessibility of your required items before your visit. Please note: before letters and other personal documents are made available, it may be necessary to check with the person(s) involved or their legal successor.

  • How do I plan a visit to the archive?

    You will get the most out of your work in the archive if you provide us with as much detail as possible in advance about your intended visit. Preparing your work means thoroughly looking into your subject matter:
    What exactly do I want to find out? The more precisely you word your planned project and clearly distinguish it from other topics, the more efficiently you will be able to research relevant literature and sources.
    What literature is available on my research topic? The literature overview enables you to narrow down your topic and gives you some initial indication as to which sources you can find on your subject matter and where to locate them. We will support you in your literature research as much as we can and have the titles you have chosen ready for you.

    Archive work is very time consuming.
    You should thus schedule sufficient time for the formalities involved and for the actual work with the source material. Even if you have already talked to the archive staff while preparing your visit and the documents are ready for you, you still need to fill in an Application for Use form on your first visit.

    The archive staff will then ask you to note the rules of our archive (terms & conditions of use, order form, fees etc.).
    Please remember that you are required to show your official ID card / passport on arrival.