Dr. Lieselotte Kirchner Scholarship Programme
Thanks to a generous donation by Dr. Lieselotte Kirchner (Offenbach), the Francke Foundations are able to award research grants.read more
Together the Archives and the Library of the Francke Foundations form the August Hermann Francke Study Centre. This centre extends spatially from the Historical Library building (House 22) to the adjacent premises (Houses 23-24).
The Study Centre is a service facility for the cataloguing of and research into the holdings of the Archives and Library of the Francke Foundations. In recent years it has been able to initiate and carry out comprehensive and innovative cataloguing projects with the financial support of the German Research Foundation. They improve our understanding of the sources and provide a solid basis for new perspectives and research projects.
|The online research facilities present us with several ways of accessing the holdings of Library and Archive as well as the digital collections.
Please also visit our Francke Portal, which has been under construction as part of a project supported by the German Research Foundation from March 2013 on. In the Francke Portal various electronic data collections have been merged, which were developed by the August Hermann Francke Study Centre and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Pietism Studies of the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg. These collections are continuously further elaborated and systematically enhanced by means of digital copies of the recorded printed and unprinted sources.
|Reading Room, House 22||Monday to Friday||8.00–18.00||Tel: 0345-2127 470|
|Historical Library, House 22||Tuesday to Sunday||10.00–17.00||Tel: 0345-2127 450|
Dr. Britta KlosterbergChief Librarian and Head of Study Centre Dr. Britta KlosterbergChief Librarian and Head of Study Centre phone+49 345 2127 412 (Sekretariat)email
Maja WehnerStudy Centers Office Maja WehnerStudy Centers Office phone+49 345 2127 412fax+49 345 2127 484email
|Dr. Jürgen GröschlArchivist Dr. Jürgen GröschlArchivist phone+49 345 2127 482email Carmela KellerArchivist Carmela KellerArchivist phone+49 345 2127 426email|
|Anke MiesLibrary Anke MiesLibrary phone+49 345 2127 413email Michael HübnerLibrary Michael HübnerLibrary phone+49 345 2127 476email|
The Reading Room
|Laura Herrmann Laura Herrmann phone+49 345 2127 470email|
The Reproduction Section
|Doris ZoselPhotography Doris ZoselPhotography phone+49 345 2127 576email|
Francke Portal (DFG)
|Dr. Karsten Hommel Dr. Karsten Hommel phone+49 345 2127 481email|
Johann Crügers Praxis Pietatis Melica (DFG)
|Dr. Wolfgang Miersemann Dr. Wolfgang Miersemann phone+49 345 2127 471email Dr. Hans-Otto Korth Dr. Hans-Otto Korth phone+49 345 2127 471email|
Hallesche Pastoren, deutsche Siedler und lutherische Kirchengemeinden in Nordamerika (DFG)
|Dr. Wolfgang Splitter Dr. Wolfgang Splitter phone+49 345 2127 483email|
The ground floor of the library building houses a public Reading Room, where the holdings of the Library and the Archive of the Francke Foundations can be looked into. The Reference Library with current scientific literature on church history and cultural history of the early modern period, especially concerning Pietism, contributes to the use of the Archive and Library holdings.
The Catalogue Room is housed in the adjacent premises and can be reached through a glass construction. Here the users can access the archive and library holdings by means of databases and online catalogues. As not all holdings are available online, conventional search tools and catalogues are also provided in addition to the electronic catalogues.
Upon request introductions to the use of the archive and library holdings will be gladly given. Please contact the Reading Room’s supervisor.
An Appeal for Help!
A further aim of the Study Centre is the preservation of the centuries-old, valuable holdings of the Archive and the Library. This includes books and manuscripts as well as portraits. The holdings are partially extremely endangered due to wear and tear, ink corrosion or mould. An additional problem is the increasing interest in the historical sources, which –albeit welcomed in principle – require preventative conservational measures. We depend on support from sponsors and on donations. You can help in various ways:
Friends of the Francke Foundation
Freundeskreis der Franckeschen Stiftungen e.V.
BLZ: 800 537 62,
IBAN: DE92 8005 3762 1894 0141 77
Partly with equity and partly with external funding and in collaboration with external partners the Francke Foundations aim to develop the archive and library holdings by means of numerous projects. The results of these projects are finding aids and catalogues, which are made accessible either in the series “Hallesche Quellenpublikationen und Repertorien” (Halle source publications and repertories) or through this website.
1. Halle pastors, German settlers and Lutheran congregations in North America. Critical edition and scholarly exploration of letters and diaries 1740-1820 (DFG)
2. Johann Crügers Praxis Pietatis Melica: Edition und Dokumentation der Werkgeschichte (DFG)
The culture-historical archive of the Francke Foundations looks back on a 300-year history. Its holdings reflect the rise and fall of Halle Pietism as well as the rich history of the Francke Foundations. The predominant part of the archive dates from the heyday of Halle Pietism during the first half of the eighteenth century. In addition to the historical archive section extensive collections especially document the recent history of the Foundations. The archive also preserves estates as well as deposits presented by individuals and institutions. The archive collection currently includes 600 meters of files and manuscripts, 3,300 drawings and maps, 270 palm leaf manuscripts, 19,500 images, 10,200 newspaper clippings and 550 posters.
In addition to using the card catalogues and finding aids, to be consulted in the Study Centre’s Catalogue Room, a search in databases allows the user access to the Archive’s holdings. Their presentation on the Internet is one of the Archive’s priority tasks. These databases result from long-term projects to make the holdings accessible to the researchers and the broader public. The Archive mainly performs these tasks in externally funded projects.
The Archive’s holdings are subdivided into several sections, each with its own internal classification