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Die Grünen Collected Records

Identifier: SCPC-CDG-B-Germany-Grunen

Scope and Contents

Primarily printed materials about the German party, including program work; also includes biographical information about Petra Kelly, and writings by Kelly and Gert Bastian.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1982-1989


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use


Historical note

Die Grünen, or the Greens, are a German political party with a platform of environmental protection, nuclear disarmament, racial and sexual equality, and international peace. It was founded on March 16, 1979 when several environmental, peace, and international understanding organizations met at Frankfurt-Sindlingen, Germany and created the Sonstige Politische Verenigung [Alternative Political Alliance]. The party entered candidates in the election for the European Parliament at Strasbourg in 1979 and won 3.2% of the vote, approximately 900,000 votes. After the election, the Alliance expanded its base to include more "alternative" movements from across Germany and on January 12, 1980, the Federal party, newly christened as Die Grünen, was founded. Green candidates were entered in the federal election of 1980, in which they captured 1.5% of the vote; local candidates in Shleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, and Berlin fared somewhat better. In the 1982 federal election, Green candidates won 27 seats in the Bundestag, the German parliament. Among the successful candidates was Petra Kelly, the leader of the movement. The Green movement has spread to many other European nations and they are an increasingly powerful force in local and national politics, as well as in the European Parliament.


1.04 linear ft. (12.5 linear in.)


Die Grünen, or the "Greens", is a German political party with a platform of environmental protection, nuclear disarmament, racial and sexual equality, and international peace. The party was founded in 1979 by environmental and peace organizations.

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Custodial History

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for the archives of this organization.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Records were received from various sources.

Separated Materials

Many posters, received from various sources, are in the Oversized Poster Collection.

Legal Status

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Processing Information

Processed by SCPC staff; checklist created by Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, July 1998

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