The project, which is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation), focuses on approximately 1,450 handwritten ego-documents of the early modern period from the archives of the Francke Foundations, which have emerged since the end of the 17th century at the orphanage in Halle in the context of the establishing Pietism, the most important Protestant reform movement since the Reformation. These are, on the one hand, self testimonies of August Hermann Francke, the founder of the Halle orphanage, his colleagues and other contact persons, and, on the other hand, self testimonies that were created in the context of the missionary work of the Hallesch orphanage in India (so-called Danish-Hallesch mission) and the establishment of Lutheran congregations in North America.
The project has three goals:
1. the cataloguing and digitisation of about 1,450 self testimonies from the archives of the Francke Foundations (1650-1830);
2. deepening the development of August Hermann Francke's self testimonies as well as moderate technical development of their visualization in the Francke Portal;
3. more in-depth indexing of 95 autobiographies and eleven calendars of August Hermann Francke's closest collaborators;
4. Realisation of a workshop.
The digitized and indexed sources will be successively published in the course of the project in the Digital Collections of the August Hermann Francke Study Centre. The edited sources can be used by a multitude of historical disciplines for the research of autobiographical writing and the relation between the experience of God and personal piety as well as the interactions between different cultures and spaces in a global historical perspective.
Project head: Dr. Britta Klosterberg
Scientific collaborator: Dr. Karsten Hommel
Student and scientific assistants: Sabrina Mögelin, David Löblich, Désirée Schergun
archival project support: Dr. Jürgen Gröschl, Carmela Kahlow
Project duration: 01.04.2018–31.03.2021