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 six fields:

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

In the Bio-bibliographical Index you will find biographies of the authors, addressees and persons mentioned in the manuscripts from the period 1420 to 1880. The index is also used for in-depth indexing of letters and ego documents.

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

Current Projects funded by the German Research Society

Ego and life documents

As part of a project funded by the German Research Society (duration: 01.04.2018-31.01.2022), approx. 1,550 early modern ego documents and 400 biographical documents from the archives of the Francke Foundations will be catalogued, digitised and successively made available in the collection manuscripts / autographs. The classification "Ego/life documents" can be used to limit the search to these documents.

To the ego and life documents

Participation in VD 18

The University and State Library of Saxony-Anhalt (ULB) in Halle has belonged to the circle of libraries in Germany for more than ten years, which is significantly involved in the national project "Digitisation und Erschließung der im deutschen Sprachraum erschienenen Drucke des 18. Jahrhunderts (Digitisation and indexing of 18th century prints published in the German-speaking world") (VD 18) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Thanks to an approved application for funding from the ULB, in the project phase from November 2019 to October 2021 approximately 1,700 prints from the Library of the Francke Foundations will be digitised and catalogued. The digital copies and metadata will be presented as separate sub-collection VD 18 within the collection "Old Prints" in the Digital Collections of the Study Centre August Hermann Francke as well as in the repository of the ULB.


  • 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