World knowledge around 1700

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.

Successful completion of the project »Halle pastors, German settlers and Lutheran congregations in North America«

Karte von Pennsylvania (Ausschnitt) aus dem Jahr 1749
Karte von Pennsylvania (Ausschnitt)

With the eighth and final index volume now available, the research and editing project »Halle Pastors in Pennsylvania, 1740-1820,« funded by the German Research Foundation and based at the Study Center, has reached its conclusion. The source material, published for the first time by the Francke Foundations, consists of curricula vitae, official diaries and letters and provides deep insights into the faith, emotions and thoughts of the authors, shows their certainty of faith and also their doubts about faith and gives insights into the work of the congregation, but also into the reality of life in North America in the 18th century, which contrasts strongly with the completely different conditions in Germany and Europe. Thus, these documents represent an extremely important source for research, which is now available for the first time completely annotated and commented as well as made accessible by detailed indexes.



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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Tuesday, 03/28/2023

Coffee Lectures at the Study Centre: Interesting facts during the coffee break

1:00 pmVortragHaus 22-24
Tuesday, 04/25/2023

Coffee Lectures im Studienzentrum: Wissenswertes zur Kaffeepause

1:00 pmVortragHaus 22-24
Thursday, 05/04/2023

Neues vom amerikanischen Weinberg: Das Halle-Pennsylvania-Projekt und die atlantische Geschichte des 18. Jahrhunderts


5:00 pmTagungHaus 1 - Historisches Waisenhaus