Archive of the Robert-Bosch-Hospital (RBK-Archive)

In its function as archive of the Robert Bosch Fondation and its institutions, the IGM also looks after the historical documents of the Robert Bosch Hospital. The hospital was opened in April 1940 with the participation of Robert Bosch. It was the culmination of Bosch's long-term efforts to build such a facility and is the largest of his sponsorship efforts in the health field. The Robert Bosch Fondation (Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH), which emerged in 1964 from the Bosch Asset Management Company (VVB) founded in 1921, is the sole sponsor of the hospital. Due to various circumstances, only a few historical documents of the RBK could be secured since 1992. The hospital's remaining written records were systematically recorded and collected by the IGM. Over the years, these documents have been archived and are available for use upon request after the applicable protection periods have expired. Please note the archive regulations of the IGM. Special requirements apply to person-related documents.

The repertory of records, which was compiled in 2022, provides an initial overview of the documents of the hospital’s “historical memory”. It contains short descriptions of the individual fonds as well as a presentation of the history of the RBK and the archive. The 26 fonds comprise more than 7,750 archival units with an amount of around 325 linear meters (as of July 2022).

An important core fond are the patient files of the homeopathic outpatient clinic, which was kept in the RBK until about 1974. A selection of other patient documents from various departments have been preserved and have so far only been listed in summary form. In general, this documentation is subject to separate protection periods. Other documents come from the submissions of individual chief physicians and the administration of the hospital. The women's clinic Charlottenhaus and the pulmonary clinic Schillerhöhe, which have belonged to the RBK since 2006, are represented by their own fonds.Information on individual archive materials and their use is provided after approval by the RBK. Inquiries about the archive and requests for use should be sent to