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History of the company/bank and archive description for DG BANK Deutsche Genossenschaftsbank AG
|History of the
DG BANK, the central financial institution of the German co-operative system, was established in Frankfurt in May 1949 under the name of "Deutsche Genossenschaftskasse". DG BANK's roots, however, go back to "Preussische Zentralgenossenschaftskasse", which was founded in Berlin in 1895. Transformed into "Deutsche Zentralgenossenschaftskasse" in 1932, DG BANK's functional predecessor was closed after World War II by the Soviet occupying power. Two new branches were established in the American and the British occupied zones. They existed until the foundation of "Deutsche Genossenschaftskasse".
In 1976 "Deutsche Genossenschaftskasse" was renamed "DG BANK Deutsche Genossenschaftsbank". Between 1985 and 1989 four regional co-operative central banks of Northern Germany, Hesse and Bavaria transferred their ongoing banking business to DG BANK. After the reunification of Germany in 1990 DG BANK reassumed central bank business for the eastern German co-operative banks and took over the central business functions of the former "Bank fuer Landwirtschaft und Nahrungsgueterwirtschaft der DDR".
|Archive description||DG BANK's historical archives were established in 1998, and are still in the phase of construction. The collected material amounts to approximately 65 shelf metres.
There are records of the following companies:
The collections of DG BANK's historical archives include e.g. photos, posters and other advertising media, historical stocks and shares as well as saving books.
For the most part the records of DG BANK's predecessors "Preussische" and "Deutsche Zentralgenossenschafts-kasse" got lost during and after World War II. Fortunately, a great number of files dealing with those banks can be found in the Bundesarchiv and the Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz in Berlin.
Available Finding aids: Computer-database and lists.
|Conditions of use||On request, the archives are accessible to researchers. Access to some records may be restricted for reasons of confidentiality.|