Welcome to the Digital Collections of the August Hermann Francke Study Centre

The Archive and Library of the Francke Foundations together comprise the August Hermann Francke Study Centre. It houses extensive historical holdings for the study of the early modern period, particularly in the context of Pietism and the Early Enlightenment. A selected part of these sources can be digitally accessed in the following four fields:

Early Printed Books
Publications about the Danish-Halle Mission
The Francke Portal
Manuscripts / Autographs
Historical Books Directories

You can find selected biographies of August Hermann Francke's colleagues, noblemen of the government, members of the Halle University and missionaries and co-operaters of the Danish Halle Mission in the bio-bibliograhical register. The register is also useful for the interpretation of Francke's diaries and other ego documents.

Research in the Library’s Portrait Catalogue is possible in a separate database.


  • Search for documents by applying keywords across all modules!
  • Carry out an advanced search for a targeted subject within each module.
  • Browse through the individual collections and specify your results by means of the facets!
  • Utilise the search options for Lists and Clouds!

Your opinion is important to us

Anyone having suggestions for improving or expanding our Digital Collections, please contact Dr. Britta Klosterberg, head of the August Hermann Francke Study Centre.
If you need any assistance with your search requests, or come across errors of a bibliographical or technical nature, please contact Dr. Jürgen Gröschl.

The technical basis of the August Hermann Francke Study Centre’s Digital Collections is provided by the software platform Visual Library of the companies semantics GmbH and Walter Nagel GmbH & Co. KG.

Please contact

Francke Foundations
August Hermann Francke Study Centre
- Archive and Library -
Francke 1, House 22-24
D-06110 Halle
Tel.: 0049-(0)345-2127412