1000 early modern ego-documents from the Foundation's archive digitally available

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Within the framework of the DFG project »Indexing and digitalisation of early modern ego-documents from the archives of the Francke Foundations«, 1,000 sources have already been digitised and catalogued after a project period of almost two years.

Extract of the eleven calendar of Heinrich Julius Elers.
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Within the framework of the project »Indexing and digitalisation of early modern ego-documents from the archives of the Francke Foundations«, which has been funded by the German Research Foundation since April 2018, 1,000 handwritten ego-documents are already available in the digital collections of the Study Centre, including 569 diaries and 286 travel diaries and travel reports, 15 eleven calendars and 13 autobiographies. The majority of the sources come from the Missionary Archives; they were sent to Halle by the missionaries from India or by the pastors from Pennsylvania and Georgia. The autobiographies and diaries are also available in transcriptions and can be searched in keywords. An overview of the sources already transcribed in the course of the project can be found on the project page »Self-Testimonies« in the Digital Collections.

In the remaining project period, the CVs, some 500 documents, which have been preserved in the archives of the Francke Foundations, are to be digitised, indexed and in part transcribed. A workshop accompanying the project is also planned for November 2020.