Founded in 1924, the Deutsche Fotothek is a universal cultural history archive with a total holdings of around five million images. It offers a wide range of subjects with a focus on photography, art, architecture and the history of technology.

In addition to the Archiv der Fotografen — Archive of Photographers, the portal Weltsichten — World Views, the Kartenforum — Map Forum as an information portal of libraries, museums and archives managed by the Deutsche Fotothek and funded by the DFG, as well as the extensive collection of architectural and machine drawings from more than 20 collections deserve special mention.