at the Political Archive – The Mexican Binder at the Political Archive – The Mexican Binder

My first day at the archive started with this binder which the archive just got back from Mexico. You see here the cover sheet which lists the inventory of the binder. Did you recognize the thirteen (13) NASSAU passports? Every collector (at least when you collect German documents) would be happy to have one single piece of the German state of Nassau but there were 13 (!) and all in excellent condition.  The same is valid for Anhalt-Dessau. Prussian passports are rather common but also here I found some interesting items as they were issued to travel to Mexico and USA which is not often seen between 1834-1854. The Hamburg police passport of 1849 is also in great condition and a nice example. Enjoy the gallery, HERE.

The Political Archive is the ‘memory’ of the foreign service. It has preserved the files on German foreign policy since 1867, as well as the international treaties signed by the Federal Republic of Germany and its predecessors in title.

The Political Archive is a public archive and is open to everyone in accordance with legal regulations. An archive database, inventories, and other search tools are available in the reading room. A complete overview of all archival material with detailed information is available online at the Archives Portal Europe.

Every year, an independent team of editors from the Institut für Zeitgeschichte (Institute of Contemporary History) publishes a selection of key documents from the Archives as “Akten zur Auswärtigen Politik der Bundesrepublik Deutschland” (Documents on the foreign policy of the Federal Republic of Germany). The current volume (2016) is in the year 1985. The series is available in bookshops. at the Political Archive – The Mexican Binder


Visit the Political Archive of the German Foreign Office in Berlin, Part II

5 comments for “ at the Political Archive – The Mexican Binder

  1. Andrew
    23 July, 2014 at 02:48

    Hi Tom,

    Have you found many passports issued in Mexican consulates in the United States for Mexico following the immigration ban made by Pres. Bustamente on April 6, 1830? I am doing a bit of research, and am curious if you have ever run across any, from 1830 to say, 1835?


    • 23 July, 2014 at 10:16

      Hello Andrew
      thanks for your message. I see you will open a new museum in 2015. That’s great. You refer at your website also to display German documents. I would be interested to hear what German passports you might have as I am a fervent researcher/collector on passport history (especially for Germany as I am German).

      To your question.
      When I visited the archive of the German foreign office in Berlin in 2011 I saw wonderful items. The “Mexican binder” was a random detection and at that time they told me this document lot was just discovered and returned to the German archive.

      As you can see on the pictures on my website there is a photo called ToC (Table of Contents) which lists all the documents of the Mexican binder. I attached herewith the earliest of the Mexican consular passport (1839) of this binder which might be of your interest. All others were from 1850+. Let me know if you need more information.

      P.S. Maybe the Bancroft Library has more information for you… Cheers, Tom

  2. 23 November, 2011 at 20:40

    Thank you for your comment Gil. I belive there is much more to explore in Berlin and yes they are very well preserved! The team from the archive is awsome too! They gave me a great time there.

  3. Guy VAN KEER
    21 November, 2011 at 11:48

    GREAT! Thanks Tom.

    • 21 November, 2011 at 14:48

      Thank you Guy. Long time not hear from you…Best Tom

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