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Die reformationsgeschichtlichen und historiographischen Quellen des frühen 18. Jahrhunderts auf Schloss Friedenstein Gotha

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Secondary Notes in Oriental Manuscripts

Project Start: 2013; Project End: 2015

In cooperation with the University of Leipzig and as part of the ESF project "Wissensrohstoff Text" the secondary notes of more than 3000 Oriental manuscripts were indexed in the Database of Oriental Manuscripts of Gotha Research Library. Apart from the indexing of reader, ownership and waqf statements, as well as of entries related to the transmission of the manuscripts, the persons mentioned in the notes are - as far as possible - also contextualized by biographical data and secondary literature. This information which is important for the history and transmission of the respective manuscript can be searched through filters.

The indexing of the secondary notes not only facilitates research on the book and library culture in the Islamic Middle East, but also contributes substantially to the social history of the region.

Sponsor: Europäischer Sozialfonds
Investigator:  Boris Liebrenz

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Cataloguing of the Music Manuscripts of the Gotha Research Library

Project Start: November 2005

The historical music collection of the research library focusing on the Thuringian music history includes: 

  • music-theoretical writings (approximately 8,000 notes, including about 1,400 handwritten),
  • partially hand-written compositions of the bandmasters of the Gotha court orchestra of the 17th and 18th century, including
    • some of the ducal family,
    • Thuringian composers of the 18th to 20 century and
    • Bohemian composers of the second half of the 18th century,
  • about 130 manuscripts of Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Bückeburg, from the ramified Bach family.

The Gotha music-manuscripts, sometimes developed in detail for the first time - according to the rules of the Répertoire international sources musicales (RISM) at the Work Site Dresden and Berlin State Library. Subsequently, the developed music manuscripts are published as a CD-ROM series "Music manuscripts after 1600".

Sponsor: Répertoire international des sources musicales RISM
Contact: Cornelia Hopf (Gotha)
Editors: Marina Gordienko (Berlin), Dr. Undine Wagner (Weimar)   

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Cataloguing of the post-Reformation Manuscripts from the Legacy of the Theologians Johann and Johann Ernst Gerhard in the Gotha Research Library

Project Start: August 1st, 2009

Including:

  • 188 so-called post-Reformation manuscript volumes especially with correspondences of Johann and Johann Ernst Gerhard (a total of around 3,700 letters), documents from their life, work manuscripts and various collections
  • 12 Oriental manuscripts (Arabian, Egyptian, Persian, Turkish)

The surviving corpus is almost unknown in the  research and can provide new impetus to the theological history study of Lutheranism and the reception of Luther as well as for other reformation-, culture-, university-, college-, political history- and theologically oriented research on the central German territories of the Early Modern period. 

Development will be performed according to the guidelines of the "Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft". The results will be entered into the manuscript database HANS, evidence in the central portal for legacies and autographs Kalliope will be provided. After completion of the project, a printed catalogue will be published.

Sponsor: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Contact: Cornelia Hopf
Editors: Dr. Daniel Gehrt, Gabriele Kern, Franziska König, Dr. Hendrikje Carius

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Cataloguing of the Reformation Manuscripts of Gotha Research Library

Project Start: December 2004

The collected 259 theological and church historical manuscripts (short: Reformation manuscripts), including approximately 14,000 letters, are a testimony of Lutheranism as lived in the Gotha Ducal house.

Among them include:

  • Statements and records of the religious discussions and religious clashes,
  • collections of letters,
  • Manuscripts of theological works,
  • Songs and “table-talks”, especially about the Lutheran Confession,
  • Records of disputes between the Philippists and the Flacians in Saxony and Thuringia.

The majority of the manuscripts are unknown to research. The development of these manuscripts is performed according to the guidelines of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. The results will appear in a printed catalogue and can be already searched in the Manuscript Database HANS

Sponsor: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Contact: Cornelia Hopf
Editors: Dr. Daniel Gehrt, Gabriele Kern, Franziska König

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Pietistic Communication Networks. Development of the Pietistic Correspondence in the Main Archive of the Francke Foundations in Halle and in the Gotha Research Library

Project Start: November 1st,, 2008, Term End: October 31st, 2011

The Halle Pietism as a reform movement from the 18th Century had an almost worldwide critical acclaim due to the well-organized and wide-spread communication networks around August Hermann Francke. The correspondence from about 1660 to 1769 is preserved within the university, church and state institutions in Halle, Berlin and Prussia and with partners abroad. This sheds light on the emergence, establishment and effect of the Halle pietism.

18,000 letters in the main archive of Francke Foundations Halle and 65 large letter volumes in Gotha are being developed in a common database. After completion of the project the data can be searched for in the national interconnected information system for legacies and autographs Kalliope.

Sponsor: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Contact: Dr. Britta Klosterberg, Dr. Jürgen Gröschl (Halle), Cornelia Hopf (Gotha)
Editors: Dr. Erika Papst, Dr. Carsten Hommel (Halle)

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Cataloguing of the German medieval manuscripts of the Gotha Research Library

Start of Project: May 2002

The research library holds about 100 volumes of German medieval manuscripts (13th-16th century), as

  • Codices such as the handwriting of the "Saxon World Chronicle" equipped with 499 miniatures,
  • Testimonies of classical Middle High German literature and
  • Unique pieces such as the novel "Reinfried of Brunswick“.

In addition, the full range of late medieval German literature is represented.

The development of these manuscripts according to the guidelines of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft will take place in the Manuscript Cataloguing Centre of Leipzig University Library. Subsequently, the research library will provide the results for research in a printed catalogue and in the manuscripts database Manuscripta mediaevalia.

Sponsor: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Contact: Cornelia Hopf (Gotha)
Editor: Dr. Falk Eisermann (Berlin)

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Cataloguing of the Medieval Latin Paper Manuscripts of the Research Library Gotha

Project Start: 1993; Project End: 1998

The Gotha Research Library has 112 volumes of Latin medieval manuscripts (13th-16th centuries), which are written on paper. The most space is given to theological Codices (58) of pastoral or moral theological content. The most important and most interesting is the group with texts of ancient authors and humanistic oriented texts. (23). Some of the volumes were formerly in the libraries of Sebastian Brant and Albrecht of Eyb. The scientific manuscripts (19) mainly include medical, astronomical, astrological and mathematical texts. During the cataloguing a previously unknown Latin version of the Catalan work, Oracions e contemplacions de l'entiment 'des Raimundus Lullus could be identified.

The development of these manuscripts according to the guidelines of the "Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft" took place in the handwriting development centre of the Bavarian State Library in Munich. The results are available in a printed catalogue and are to be detected in the handwriting database Manuscripta mediaevalia.

Sponsor: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Contact: Cornelia Hopf (Gotha)
Editor: Dr. Elisabeth Wunderle (München)

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