Archive of the Robert Bosch Foundation

In its function as archive of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and its institutions, the IGM looks after the historical documents of the foundation itself. After the death of Robert Bosch the Elder (1861-1942), seven executors had the task of implementing his legacy within 30 years. The Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH (Robert Bosch Foundation) emerged in 1964 from the Vermögensverwaltung Bosch (Asset Management Company Bosch) (VVB), which was founded in 1921. The name Vermögensverwaltung was changed into Robert Bosch Stiftung in 1969. The foundation's written documents were systematically recorded and collected by the IGM from 1991 onwards. Over the years, these documents have been archived and are available for use upon request after the archival protection periods have expired. Please also note the archive regulations of the IGM.

The inventory, which was compiled in 2021, provides an initial overview of the documents of the foundation’s “historical memory”. It contains short descriptions of the individual archival fonds as well as a presentation of the history of the foundation and the archive. The 58 fonds comprise more than 9,340 units of description with an amount of around 350 meters (as of December 2021). The minutes of the meetings of the steering committees, the general meeting and the board of trustees, are of particular importance for the development and work of the foundation. The activities of the foundation and its funding activities are reflected in the individual fonds of the subject areas, which mainly include the respective project files. There are also separate archival fonds for the foundation's facilities, such as the Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus (Robert Bosch Hospital) or the Institut für Klinische Pharmakologie (Institute for Clinical Pharmacology IKP).

Information on archive materials and their use is provided after approval by the Foundation. Inquiries about the archive and requests for use should be sent to or