The Archive possesses the most comprehensive documentation on the life and work of the artist. His written legacy has been located here since 2008. In part on loan from the Kurt and Ernst Schwitters Foundation, it comprises his correspondence, note and address books, photographs as well circa 600 autograph literary works. The 112 original works by Kurt Schwitters from the museum’s own holdings and the 1012 works on loan from the Kurt and Ernst Schwitters Foundation make up the world’s most extensive collection of his artistic work.
The continuously updated ‘Catalogue raisonné’ databank, the wide-ranging picture archive, the search capabilities of the internal museum databank, the specialised library that keeps circa 5800 titles almost completely on hand and documents over 1400 solo and group exhibitions in addition to the autographs and documentation in the archive offer ideal research conditions for work on Kurt Schwitters and his environment.