Building a web-based research platform for August Hermann Francke, his printed and unpublished writings

The August Hermann Francke Study Centre with its sections of Library and Archive preserves the majority of printed and unprinted sources as to the founder of the Francke Foundations, the theologian and paedagogue August Hermann Francke (1663-1727). The project aims to make electronic data collections and catalogues as well as editions, which have been developed in recent years in the August Hermann Francke Study Centre and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Pietism Studies of the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg available on a modular research platform under the provisions of Open Content in a “Francke Portal” on the website of the Study Centre, develop these further and systematically enhanced them with digital copies of printed and unprinted sources. On the digital information and research platform the source and data sets are presented by means of eight interlinked modules: (1) Portraits, (2) Diaries and egodocuments, (3) Diary inserts, (4) Bibliography of writings, (5) Edited writings, sermons and letters, (6) Epistolary, (7) Secondary literature, and (8) Francke’s private library. The Francke Portal will improve the scholarly supply of information about interdisciplinary research on Pietism and virtually all historically oriented disciplines on the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and intensify research about August Hermann Francke and Halle Pietism. The Francke portal has been online since 2 June 2014 and is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in the context of the programme to support outstanding research libraries.

Online research in the Francke Portal

Project leader:

Dr. Britta KlosterbergChief Librarian and Head of Study Centre Dr. Britta Klosterberg (Chief Librarian and Head of Study Centre) Dr. Britta KlosterbergChief Librarian and Head of Study Centre phone+49 345 2127 412 (Sekretariat)
Project member:

Dr. Karsten Hommel Dr. Karsten Hommel Dr. Karsten Hommel phone+49 345 2127 481

Student assistants: Irina Schuchardt and Jürgen Schiller
Project duration: 1 March 2013 to 28 February 2017