Campus Gotha, Forschungsbibliothek Gotha, Philosophische Fakultät, Historisches Seminar

Gotha Perthes Collection Open Day: "Colonies and Colonialism in the Perthes Collection"

16. Mar 2024, 9.00 am - 5.00 pm
Perthes Forum, Ahnensaal (CG5 / Justus-Perthes-Straße, Gotha)
Gotha Research Library (FBG)
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public with registration

Event organised by the Gotha Research Library in the Gotha Perthes Collection in the Perthes Forum.

The motto of this year's event is "Colonies and Colonialism in the Gotha Perthes Collection".

The Gotha Perthes Collection brings together the historical legacy of three scientific publishers

  • the publishing house Justus Perthes Gotha,
  • the geographical publishing house Justus Perthes Darmstadt and
  • the VEB Hermann Haack geographical publishing house Gotha.

As the only map publishing archive preserved on the European continent, it contains unique source material on the development of cartography and geography in the 19th and 20th centuries. In the unity and interconnectedness of its holdings, the collection documents the last phase of the Age of Discovery, during which the interior of the non-European continents and the polar regions were explored.

The maps, atlases and journals published by Perthes, above all "Stielers Handatlas" and "Petermanns Geographische Mitteilungen", shaped the scientific image of the earth well into the 20th century and popularised it for a broad public. Genealogical-statistical publications formed the second focus of the publishing profile, in particular the "Almanach de Gotha"/"Gothaische Hofkalender" as the authoritative biographical encyclopaedia of the European nobility.

The Gotha Perthes Collection was acquired by the Free State of Thuringia in 2003 with the support of the Kulturstiftung der Länder and integrated into the Gotha Research Library at the University of Erfurt.


The special themed tours "Kolonien und Kolonialismus in der Sammlung Perthes" ("Colonies and Colonialism in the Perthes Collection") take place in the Perthes Forum, Justus-Perthes-Str. 5, at the following times:

  • 9.30am to 11am,
  • 10.30 am to 12 pm,
  • 1 pm to 2.30 pm
  • and 2 pm to 3.30 pm.

Due to limited capacity, please register by March 1 by calling 0361/737-5581 (Mon–Fri 9 am – 3 pm). The guided tours are free of charge. However, donations are requested for the preservation of the holdings of the Gotha Research Library of the University of Erfurt.