AO -- Corporate Bodies


Handbuch für deutsch-internationale Beziehungen: Verzeichnis deutscher und ausländischer Vertretungen, Verbindungsbüros und Informationsstellen aus den Bereichen Politik, Außenwirtschaft und Banken, Kulturaustausch, Medien, Entwicklungszusammenarbeit, humanitärer Hilfe, Wissenschaft und Forschung sowie Tourismus = Handbook of German-International Relations. Burkhard Herbote. München: Saur. 25 cm. (Handbuch der internationalen Dokumentation und Information, 18)

2d ed. (1997). 3 vols. ISBN 3-598-22235-1: DM 498.00, DM 198.00 per volume

The Handbuch has doubled in size since the first edition of 1995 (RREO 94-2-191) and now lists over 32,000 organizations in 243 countries (compared to 17,800). The one volume has consequently expanded into three, one for Europe, one for Africa and America, and one for Asia and Oceania. The 26 categories under each country or region include, among others, academic exchange, language teacher associations, economic development/humanitarian aid, human rights organizations, environmental and endangered species protection groups. This more detailed breakdown (formerly there were only 15 categories of organizations and many ended up under the broad heading "Other") makes the volume much more user-friendly, but it would be even further improved by the addition of a subject index. The address information has been updated to include e-mail addresses and URLs for WWW homepages. As in the first edition, the profiles of the various listed organizations are one of its most valuable assets. [sah/hh]


Maecenata-Stiftungsführer [Maecenata Guide to Foundations]. Ed. Elisabeth Bummer. München: Maecenata-Verlag. 21 cm. (Ludwig-Auer-GmbH, Postfach 1152, D-86601 Donauwörth)

2d ed. (1996). 339 p. ISBN 3-9805397-0-9: DM 34.80


Maecenata-Unternehmensführer [Maecenata Guide to Corporations]. Ed. Virginia Glasmacher. München: Maecenata-Verlag. 21 cm. (Ludwig-Auer-GmbH, Postfach 1152, D-86601 Donauwörth)

  • 1996 ed. 276 p. ISBN 3-9803947-7-8: DM 49.30
  • The Maecenata Management Inc. (MM) created the Maecenata-Stiftungsführer (foundations directory) after its formation in 1992 as an independent institute by the Federal Association for German Foundations. Among other activities, the MM maintains an extensive database of 7,000 German foundations and endowments, of which 1,200 comprise the basis for this directory.

    The directory includes the usual directory information, such as the purpose of the foundation, amount granted, address of contact person, etc. An alphabetical name and a subject index broken down by sixteen categories defining the purpose of the foundation is also included. It is easy to agree with the description of this directory in the preface as a compliment to existing directories because of it brief entries, useful indexes, scope, and reasonable price. A useful addition to this MM directory (which is not included in the Stiftungshandbuch or the Verzeichnis der deutschen Stiftungen) is a description (albeit brief) of the application process. Statistical information appears in a separate publication (Statistiken zum deutschen Stiftungswesen). Purchasing this directory as a supplement to the comprehensive Verzeichnis der deutschen Stiftungen is not necessary, but the low price makes it easy to justify.

    As a complement to the Foundation Directory, in 1996 the publisher brought out the Maecenata-Unternehmungsführer, a guide to corporate community sponsorship. The guide includes some 200 businesses that take part in corporate community investment by supporting charitable sectors through donations, sponsorships, and grants. In addition to the expected directory information (address, contact person, budget, areas of sponsorship, etc.) this guide includes an analysis of sponsorship tools and the ICC code on sponsorship. The name index is redundant because it nearly duplicates the layout of the main section. In contrast to the foundation directory, this volume is aimed both at those interested in applying for funds as well as businesses who have not yet been active in this type of activity. This is the first directory of its kind published about German businesses; however, because the information was gathered by questionnaires filled out by the businesses themselves (not always completely), one wonders how accurately the directory represents German corporate community investments. This directory is a welcome start, being the first of its kind, yet at the same time, a revised and greatly expanded edition is a desideratum for the future. [sah/msc]


    Die Bundesrepublik Deutschland: Staatshandbuch [The Federal Republic of Germany: Federal Handbook]. Köln [et al.] : Heymann. 21 cm. ISSN 0723-3795

    Verbände: Verzeichnis mit Aufgaben und Adressen von Verbänden, Vereinigungen, Einrichtungen des öffentlichen Rechts [Associations: Directory with Responsibilities and Addresses of Associations, Federations, and Public Bodies]. 1996. xi, 671 p. ISBN 3-452-23320-0: DM 168.00

    Although the 1994 edition of the associations directory of Heymann's Staatshandbuch (Federal Handbook) was reviewed in RREA 1:492/493 (see also RREO 95-4-624/625), this new edition has undergone substantial changes and been reduced by nearly 500 pages, necessitating a new review. The publisher makes no mention of the wide-ranging changes in this edition, the only indication being the reduced number of pages. The use of thicker paper for this edition is a bit deceptive, and the 2 DM price reduction is negligible, if not to say ludicrous. The entries in the new edition have been greatly shortened, and in some cases multiple entries have been collapsed into one. Information has been updated as well, with Internet and e-mail addresses and new organizations added. The single most important difference from the previous edition is that member organizations and state organizations are no longer included. Their omission from this volume creates an information "vacuum" since they are not covered in the individual state versions of Die Bundesrepublik Deutschland. The practice of the publisher to make such fundamental changes without notice or justification is truly vexing! [sah/msc]


    Cicerone romano: guida ai centri di ricerca storica a Roma [Guide to Historical Research Centers in Rome]. Ed. Florens Deuchler with Päivi Setälä. Regione Lazio, Assessorato alle Politiche per la Promozione della Cultura, dello Spettacolo e del Turismo. 1st ed. Roma: Unione Internazionale degli Istituti di Archeologia, Storia e Storia dell'Arte in Roma, 1996. 126 p. ill. 21 cm. (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Via Porta Angelica, I-00120 Città del Vaticano, Fax 0039 698 84 795)

    The International Association of Institutes of Archaeology, History and Art History in Rome (Unione Internazionale degli Istituti di Archeologia, Storia e Storia dell'Arte in Roma) celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 1996. This guide, published on that occasion by the Unione Internazionale, provides extensive information about addresses, institutional history, publications, library information including access and holdings, as well as research activities of Roman institutions involved with archeology and art history. A final section of the guide provides addresses and information about public libraries, archives, cultural institutions, museums, bookstores, etc. in Rome and for the most important institutions in Florence, Naples, Prato, and Venice. This handy directory will help those preparing for a research trip to Rome, as well as serve the needs of those already in Rome. [sh/msc]

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