World knowledge around 1700

The Francke Foundations have extensive collections of historical sources on the cultural history of the Early Modern Period in the context of Pietism and Early Enlightenment. We promote interdisciplinary and international exchange through scholarship programmes, workshops and international cooperation.

Call for Papers for the Conference on »Baltic Mission? Halle Pietism and the Moravians in the Baltics in the long 18th century«

City view of Riga with harbour, copperplate engraving, c. 1700
City view of Riga with harbour, copperplate engraving, c. 1700

Application deadline: August 26, 2022, Pieteikšanās termiņš: 2022. gada 26. augusts

DFG grants research project on alchemical practice at the Halle Orphanage in the 18th century

Alchemist in his Laboratory, etching (detail)

The project, which is based at the Research Centre, will for the first time analyse the extensive corpus of pharmaceutical historical sources from the Francke Foundations with regard to alchemical practice and its argumentative embedding in Pietism. This includes numerous handwritten sources as well as partly rare alchemical printed materials from the early modern period.

Dr. Liselotte Kirchner-Scholarship

StipendiatInnenkolloquium in den Franckeschen Stiftungen.

National and international young academics and established researchers from various disciplines work at the Francke Foundations every year thanks to the scholarship programme.

Cataloguing, Research, Publications

Sample pages from the Epistelliedern der Sontage und fürnemsten Feste des gantzen Jahres by Martin Opitz

Digitisation, indexing and editing projects are being carried out, in part with cooperation partners and within the framework of third-party funding. They serve as a basis for own academic research projects and invite external scholars to study the unique sources.

International Cooperation and Networking

World Map of the Duke of Burgundy, copperplate engraving by Alexis Hubert Jaillot, Paris 1694

Academic cooperation links the Francke Foundations with partner institutions and scholars from various disciplines all over the world.



Here you will find an overview of the collections in the Archive and Library of the Francke Foundations. specialist information about the collections


Ein junger Wissenschaftler und eine junge Wissenschaftlerin beugen sich im Lesesaal konzentriert über eine historische Quelle.

Thanks to a generous fund by Dr. Liselotte Kirchner (Offenbach), the Francke Foundations are able to award research grants. Scholarship

Scientific Facilities

Study Centre August Hermann Francke

Wie die Kulissen in einem barocken Theater ragen die Bücherregale der Historischen Bibliothek in den Saal.

The Study Centre is dedicated to the preservation, cataloguing and research of the holdings of the library and archives of the Francke Foundations. Details

Research Department

Participants of an international round table discussion in the Freylinghausen Hall

Teaching, research, promotion and networking: The Research Department provides scientific impetus for research into the long 18th century and beyond. Details

Publication’s department

Auf einem Büchertisch liegen eine Auswahl der Publikationen des Verlags der Franckeschen Stiftungen aus: Ausstellungskataloge, wissenschaftliche Schriften, Bildbände und Kinderbücher.

Exhibition catalogues, opulent illustrated books, exciting source texts and renowned research literature belong to the broad spectrum of the tradition-rich publishing house. Details

Forum Science

In der Kunst- und Naturalienkammer untersuchen Forscherinnen und Forscher aus Indien und Deutschland die Palmblatthandschriften aus den Beständen der Franckeschen Stiftungen.

Numerous scientific institutions on the campus of the Francke Foundations provide unique networking opportunities and intensive interdisciplinary cooperation. Details

Current Events


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Friday, 07/01/2022

Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften

5:00 pmoffenes Angebot
Thursday, 07/14/2022

Scholarship talks of the Dr. Liselotte Kirchner Scholarship programme

2:30 pmGesprächHaus 52
Monday, 08/22/2022

Sommerkurs des Studienzentrums August Hermann Francke

Einführung in die Arbeit mit Handschriften und alten Drucken aus den Beständen des Archivs und der Bibliothek der Franckeschen Stiftungen.

2:00 pmWorkshopHaus 52