The Kurt von Schuschnigg Manuscript Collection opens a window on Schuschnigg's political life as the embattled chancellor of Austria between 1934 and 1938 and his later private existence as controversial elder statesman cum academic attempting to interpret his policies and his time to posterity.
The Interviews and Memoirs series contains a long interview between Gerhard Jagschitiz and Schuschnigg in which the latter describes his early life and his politcal career up to becoming chancellor in 1934. The Photographs and Photograph Album Series provides vivid illustrations of Schuschnigg's tenure as chancellor, focusing on state visits and official appearences and dmonstrating how his first wife Herma and son Kurt were integrated into the iconography of his regime. These images also show Schuschnigg relaxing onf vacation with his son, as well as Engelbert Dolfuss, Schuschnigg's predecessor as chancellor, at worka and at leisure. The Scrapbooks series offers more such material, including reports on and reprints of Schuschnigg's speeches.
The Publications series consists of bound volumes such as the illustrated weekly magazine Osterreichische/Oesterreichische Woche (Austrian Week) for 1935 and 1937-1938 containing stories on government initiatives, political events, and the chancellor's public outings. Also in the Publications series are two volumes documenting the Nazi threat to Austria, the so-called "Austrian Brown Book" and the pamphlet Der braune Terror in Osterreich/Oesterreich (The Brown Terror in Austria), both of which deal with the attempted Nazi coup of July 1934 that culminated in the murder of Chancellor Dollfuss.
The Reports and Memorand series contains information on the Central European political situation in the 1930s, including Italy relations with Austria, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini's opinion of Schuschnigg and his policies, Germany's interference in internal Austrian affairs, Schuschnigg's blow-by-blow account of the happenings of 11 March 1938, and Austrian President Wilhelm Miklas's briefer report on the same events. The Supplementary Material series includes postcards and photographs of Schuschnigg and his family, a biography of his first wife Herma, and posters and flyers supporting Schuschnigg's Fatherland Front in the planned 1938 plebiscite.
The Book Reviews series, with its reviews of the original German edition of Schuschnigg's last book, Im Kampf gegen Hitler, as well as the English translation, The Brutal Takeover, offers assessments of Schuschnigg's regime and its end. The German manuscript of the book itself is in the Mansucripts seris, as are copiesof speeches given by Chancellor Schuschnigg along with later television commentary and articles by Schuschnigg that deal with the Anschluss and possible military oppostion to Hitler.
The articles on the Asnchluss, interviews with Schuschnigg, and obitiuaries in the Clippings series provide yet more judgments on Schuschnigg as man and leader, while the Works seris presents Schuschnigg's world view at the end of his life through copies of his speeches, papers, and articles.