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Religion and Politics in Protestant Sermons of the 16th and 17th Centuries in the Thuringian-Saxon Countries. Deep Structure Analysis of Printed and Handwritten Sermons at the Gotha Research Library

Project Start: October 2008

The development of the deeper structure of political sermons in the Gotha Research Library (16th to 17th Century) in relation to their historical significance is methodologically a new project. During these investigations, a defined stock of Saxony and Thuringia is explored together with the Chair of Early Modern Age at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. Through the creation of a thesaurus the way of political argumentation will be examined in the sermons. Thus the use of the term "political" can be proven in a denser way for the early modern period.
The results will be provided on a project page of the library. At the end of the project, the issue will be shown in an exhibition to expose the results to a wider public.

Detailed Information and Website of the Project.

Sponsor: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Contact: Prof. Dr. Luise Schorn-Schütte (Franfurt/Main), Dr. Kathrin Paasch (Gotha)
Editors: Dr. Anja Kürbis (until March 2009), Philip Hahn (from June 2009), Dr. Wolfgang Runschke (pamphlets Gotha), Cornelia Hopf (manuscripts Gotha), Martin Stelte (Frankfurt/Main)

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Courtly Culture Areas in Central Germany. Communication and Representation in Personal Occasional Writings of the Gotha Research Library

Project Start: January 2010

The FB Gotha preserves a rich collection of occasional writings (memoirs, funeral sermons), which started by integrating dissolved older libraries of the Saxon-Thuringian space and the library of the Gotha Gymnasium. This sometimes illustrious collection was conducted in the former court library by the Duke House of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg.

The aim of the project is to explore a source pool of 4,455 courtly, personal occasional writings from the first occurrence of humanism up to the end of the 18th Century. To this end, the sources are developed in a database, digitized, and presented online. These kinds of scripts describe through everyday history, focused on cities and regions a frame of reference from addressees, composers, writers and other people involved.
Occasional writings belong to a literary genre, which is considered as one of the richest sources for human study in the early modern period.

This project is carried out together with the Interdisciplinary Institute for Cultural History of the Early Modern Time (ikfn) at the University of Osnabrück. 

Detailed Information. 

Sponsor: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Contact: Prof. Dr. Klaus Garber (Osnabrück), Dr. Kathrin Paasch (Gotha)
Editors: Prof. Dr. Axel E. Walter, Stefan Anders, Sabine Beckmann (all in Osnabrück), Manuela Frank, Petra Haller, Wolfgang Hoffmann, Nancy Metzke, Christine Röhrig, Ralf Tschentscher, Dr. Wolfgang Runschke (all in Gotha)

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Cataloguing of Private Libraries in the Age of Enlightenment in the UFB Erfurt/ Gotha

Start of Project: April 2005

The Gotha Court and the Electoral Mainz Lieutenancy in Erfurt under Karl Theodor von Dalberg (d. 1817) played an important role during the 18th Century in the perception and propagation of Enlightened thought. The ducal private libraries and the collection of the governor, which are part of the University and Research Library Erfurt /Gotha, are testimonies of this reception today. The project captures approximately 25,000 traditional titles from the private libraries in the online catalogue of printed documents and in the Manuscript Database with evidence of origin. The acquisition and development is carried out according to the Standards of the Association Old Prints of the Common Library Network. In the bibliographic information there are selected digitized pages added to each print. The handwritten catalogues of private libraries are made available in the course of the project in the Digital Library Thuringia and linked to the title data in the online catalogue.

Detailed Information.

Sponsor: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Contact: Dr. Kathrin Paasch
Editors: Eva-Maria Ansorg, Nancy Kandetzki, Gabriele Kern, Franziska König , Andrea Langner, Sabine Rocktäschel, Anke Seifert, Manon Steinmassl

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Cataloguing and Part-Digitization of the Documents of the 15th, 16th and 17th Centuries of the University and Research Library Erfurt/ Gotha

Project Start: January 2007, Project End: October 2010

The University and Research Library Erfurt / Gotha has at its two locations, 1,769 incunabula including the Incunabula of the Church Library Pößneck. These incunabula as well as the prints published outside the German language area in the 16th and 17th Centuries, were not listed in modern databases. For the project these stocks were developed in the online catalogue. Since completion of the project, all prints from the 15th to the 17th Century are listed.

Sponsor: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Contact: Dr. Kathrin Paasch
Editor: Petra Haller, Ute Winter (Digitizing), Josephine Liebermann, Manon Steinmassl, Wolfgang Schlosser, Ralf Tschentscher (Cataloguing)

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Collaboration on the Directory of Published Prints in the German Language Area of the 17th Century (VD17)

Project Start: 1996

The University and Research Library Erfurt Gotha is involved as well as the big libraries in Munich, Berlin, Dresden, Halle and Wolfenbüttel in compiling the National Bibliography for the 17th Century.
Developed are all German titles and all foreign-language works printed and published on the historical German language area. Excluded from the list are works of general music theory and maps. The prints of the Gotha Research Library are almost completely covered. All data recorded within the project are not only available in VD17, but also in the online catalogue.

Sponsor: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Contact: Christine Röhrig
Editors: Manon Steinmassl, Wolfgang Schlosser, Ralf Tschentscher

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Participation on the Directory of Prints published in the 16th Century in the German Language Area (VD16)

Project Start: 1990, End of the project (for the main work): 2000

The directory of prints published in the German language area in the 16th Century is a sub-project as part of a retrospective National Biography. It was started in 1969 with funding from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, from the Bavarian State Library in Munich and the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel. Since 1990, the research library Gotha participated providing one work place in collecting and cataloguing as a supplement to the VD16 beyond its own stock.
The Research Library functioned as the central admission point for messages from the territory of the new Länder.

The main work of the VD16 is available since 2000 completely in book form. The thereto resulting parallel VD16-Database is further complemented by the Gotha Research Library and also by the University Library Erfurt with ownership evidences and new discoveries. In addition to the approximately 75,000 prints of the main work a supplement with more than 25,000 titles is thus provided by the participating libraries.

Contact: Dr. Kathrin Paasch
Editors: Eva-Maria Ansorg, Franziska König, Christine Röhrig, Wolfgang Schlosser, Manon Steinmassl, Ralf Tschentscher

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